I was too bored. I got no classes that day, all I did was browsing and checking my Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr just to hit my boredom. Suddenly, the idea to find scholarship to study abroad popped up into my mind. I randomly typed several key words about scholarship to United Kingdom on Google and it led me to http://www.educationuk.org/Scholarships-for-UK-study. I’ve always been interested to study in United Kingdom. I have a huge crush on this well-developed country that I’m even majoring in English Literature in University. To go to England was one of my childhood dreams. So, I checked the website and found so many scholarships to the UK. I found one English institution that provided scholarship, it attracted me but there was no complete details about the scholarship, so I emailed the institution just to satisfy my curiosity about this scholarship. I did never expect they would reply me, and after this day passed, I lived my dull life as usual, and even forgot the mail I sent to the institution.
I never felt obligated to check my email because I usually got junk mails, but this day, I suddenly remembered about the mail I sent to that English institution. “They probably replied you…” whispered my heart. So I checked my inbox and found out that they actually replied me on 8/30/11, just a day after I sent them the email. I was so surprised and did not expect they would reply me. I read their email carefully, over and over again. I read all the instructions, they also sent me the application form and suddenly I felt so highly-motivated to get this scholarship, my mind kept asking me to go get this scholarship, and all of the sudden the childhood wish and hope to go to UK, the obsession to make my parents have something to be proud of came again…
I had to attach 2 recommendation letters, make 2 essays, and fill out the application form. It took me almost 3 months to complete all the things needed. It wasn’t easy to get the recommendation letters and stuffs, but finally it was all done. I sent my application form on 11/02/11 🙂
After sending my application form, I tried my best not to put much hope and expectation to get the scholarship but I began to pray that God would give me the best that there would be no efforts wasted instead everything would be paid off.
Ever since I sent my application form, I kept checking my email almost everyday, but there was no reply from them for over 2 months. It’s 2012 already and I got bored checking my email. I was sure that they refused my scholarship request. I was not disappointed, not even a bit. I knew God always has a perfect plan for me. So I lived my life as usual. No burdens, no worries.
“Dear Ms. Amelia,
Please find attached our decision regarding your scholarship application. Please confirm that the address on the letter is correct and that you accept this decision.
I look forward to hearing from you.
PA to Paul Lindsay, Director of St Giles Educational Trust
I was trembling. I could not believe I finally got a scholarship to study in Central London for 9 weeks. Tears of joy streamed down my face. I felt so blessed and grateful. Mom did not believe I got the scholarship, neither did my Dad. I looked at their tired and old eyes, I told them I really got it. I printed the email and showed it to them, but they did not understand, the only thing they understood was, the email came from London, United Kingdom.
Approximately 3 weeks after this shocking news, I got a letter from London, it was my acceptance letter. Mom and Dad kept looking at it over and over again, They looked at the stamp. They still could not believe their daughter will go to London, soon.
I could never explain how happy my parents were, every time I looked at them in the eyes, they were so happy, their eyes were shining… That was like the first time ever I could make my parents feel proud of me. I was blessed.
The institution told me to make a visa as soon as I got the acceptance letter. So I went to the visa centre with my Dad, it took some time to complete the application form. I also had to book flights to the UK first for applying the visa.
I was nervous and afraid that my visa application would be rejected…
but in 4/13/12 approximately two weeks after I submitted my visa application, I got an email from UK visa application centre…
Your processed visa application reference no.JKAC/020412/093480/1 has been collected from UK Visa Application Centre on 04/13/2012″
Alhamdulillah… I finally obtained my UK visa. I felt so close to the UK.
Everything was under control, I also got a permission from the Head of English Department of my University to take the final test before the specified date as I would go to London on the first of June.
It’s finally the day. My departure day. The day that I will never forget for my entire life. My mom had been crying for almost a week, this would be my very first time being apart from my parents. All my bags were packed. My parents, my brother, and my aunt took me to the airport. My best friends were already waiting for me in the airport. I got tons of supports and encouragements from family and friends (I could never thank enough for the support they gave to me). It’s finally the time to fly to the United Kingdom. It took almost 18 hours to go to London from Jakarta and I also had to stop over in Doha, Qatar. Everyone was crying, both my parents, my friends, and my aunt, I tried not to shed a single tear. A happy feeling took over myself that day, but after I boarded onto the aircraft, my parents’ faces suddenly came into my mind… I had to live so far away from them for almost 3 months. After all, this was something that I had been dreaming, and it needed some efforts to reach it. I almost gave up, got disappointed, ever wanted to stop the efforts, but I did not and it led me to a nice thing in the end.
“When you feel like you’re giving up on something good, see your parents’ faces and think, have they ever been giving up in raising you” – posted on my Twitter, 09/29/11