OBM 2016 & Living On My Own

11:44:00 AM

Hello, loves!

How's life? I know, I have been away for like a week. The past week has been super busy and hectic. Because I've got to attend some orientation classes. Tentunya, saya di sini ingin bercerita tentang apa saja yang saya lakukan sepekan ke belakang. It was a rather challenging and new kind of week. Let's begin...

Monday, July 18th 2016.

Hari Senin lalu, saya mengikuti acara Gathering Law atau kami sepakat menyebutnya GATH LAW. Acaranya di RM Mang Kabayan di Jalan Margonda Raya, Depok. The gathering was intended to bring FHUI'16 together to get to know each other and simply have fun. I went there with my friend, driven by her brother and accompanied by her dad. The drive was rather quick and it was pretty surprising because the previous times I went to Depok there was always stressful traffic. Whereas that day, the road was rather empty.

We got there about an hour and a half earlier than everyone else. We played cards and waited until more people came. Lalu, pukul 1 siang, acara pun dimulai. Seperti biasa, panitia pasti sudah menyediakan serangkaian acara yang bertujuan untuk menyatukan dan menghangatkan suasana. Dan kami pun diajak berkumpul di tengah lapangan kecil yang ada dalam restoran tersebut. Kami diajak bermain games-games yang bertujuan untuk mengenal satu sama lain. It was fun. But due to my short term memory, the names that were introduced went by too quick for me to remember. Hahaha... Some I still remember by their faces, some other by their names. I really have quite a problem with memorizing people's faces and names.

After about an hour playing and having fun, we gradually took our seat to finally have our lunch. The foods were not bad but not really considered as one of the best. Tapi, personally, saya suka sambalnya. Untuk seseorang yang hampir tidak bisa menikmati makanan-makanan yang pedas, sambalnya lumayanlah.

Setelah makan, kami kembali bermain bersama dan melakukan challenges. Lalu, semua pamit dan pulang. We had so much fun as a huge group of people who will spend the next four years studying together. Since that was my second get together with FHUI'16, I recognized people I already knew from the first gathering. And I got to know some more.

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Tuesday, July 19th 2016.

I remember being extremely tired after the whole gathering event although there weren't any tiring activities just a lot of fun games. Then, my mom told me to pack my things for us to bring to my new dorm. Sejujurnya kesadaran bahwa saya dalam waktu dekat akan tinggal di kamar kost baru datang setelah saya benar-benar merapikan kamar tersebut. Sampai di lokasi, ibu saya membiarkan saya membenahi sendiri kamar baru saya.

Menata dan merapikan pernak-pernik, sometimes, menjadi hobi saya kalau sedang rajin. Kebetulan, Selasa kemarin sih, sedang rajin. Hahaha... Saya merapikan seisi kamar dan mendesain barang-barang sedemikian rupa agar kamar terlihat nyaman dan menyenangkan untuk ditiduri. Organizing and decorating a new room excited me. I've spent too many years sleeping and being comfortable in the same room, having to clean and tidy things up in a new one surely made me incredibly happy.

The day went on and for the first time before the following years I spent a night there. I had some trouble sleeping because my surrounding was new and it changed from an orange-y colored bedroom to a full-on white one. Mungkin perasaan tidak bisa tidur diakibatkan oleh bedanya suasana kamar. Terlebih suara kereta yang kerap lewat beberapa kali juga lumayan mengusik ketenangan.

Wednesday, July 20th 2016.

 OBM hari pertama.

Sebelumnya, saya ingin menjelaskan terlebih dahulu apa itu OBM. OBM adalah singkatan dari Orientasi Belajar Mahasiswa. Secara singkat, OBM ini adalah suatu periode yang dikhususkan untuk para calon mahasiswa UI mempelajari gaya belajar anak-anak UI. Untuk kegiatan ini, beberapa dosen turun ke lapangan (read= kelas-kelas) untuk memberikan materi. Nah, untuk peserta, karena calon mahasiswa UI ada ribuan, maka dikelompokkan menjadi dua gelombang. Gelombang I adalah kelompok calon mahasiswa UI yang diterima lewat jalur undangan (SNMPTN) dan seleksi rapor (PPKB dan Talent Scouting). Sementara itu, gelombang II adalah kelompok calon mahasiswa UI yang diterima lewat jalur tulis baik SBMPTN maupun SIMAK.

On the first day of OBM, I woke up pretty early. I decided to fast that day not really expecting any hard activities. So, I did my morning routine. The worry of being late was roaming around my head that I decided to head to Balairung UI super early with my dorm mates. As I headed down to the venue, my mom headed home and I was left alone in my new dorm for the following days. Perjalanan ke Balairung cukup jauh dari kostan saya dan teman-teman. Ya, lumayan untuk olahraga pagi. Barang bawaan kami juga cukup banyak yang sebenarnya sedikit membuat pundak dan punggung agak pegal.

Sampailah di Balairung dan ternyata sudah banyak orang. Those people woke up and arrived earlier than us and I was too overwhelmed by the fact that people really would sacrifice their loves of sleeping just to get to the location early. Hahaha... The usual opening ceremony was held by the committees. As for the students, we were separated by the classes we were already put in. Everyone got in line and after some important speeches, we started walking together to our destination.

Kebetulan, untuk hari pertama OBM saya dimasukkan ke salah satu kelas yang akan belajar di FEB UI. Oh iya, penempatan kelas dalam masa OBM tidak menyesuaikan fakultas tempat calon mahasiswa diterima. Begitulah jadinya. Karena Balairung dan FEB itu terpisah jarak yang cukup jauh, begitu juga FT, anak-anak yang dikelompokkan untuk belajar di kedua fakultas itu harus jalan melewati jembatan TEKSAS (Teknik-Sastra), jembatan yang menghubungkan dua fakultas yaitu fakultas teknik dan FIB yang dipenuhi anak-anak sastra. Perjalanannya cukup melelahkan apalagi karena saya puasa dan memang matahari juga sudah mulai meninggi.

We arrived in the building and immediately searched for our classes. My class had to be moved to another one due to some technical miscommunication, I guess. So, the class went to the second floor where the new room is located. We sat down and waited for the lecturer to come. And finally we started to discuss some matters.

We continued studying and discussing about the topic until 4 p.m. And the class was dismissed when the clock dinged at exactly 4 p.m. Some of us headed to the bus station to catch one and some others walked on foot back to their dorms. I took the bus because I was already so worn out by the previous morning walk and the fact that I was fasting supported the idea of taking the bus. My two new friends that I met in the class and I rode the bus. They were heading to Stasiun UI whereas myself, I was heading to the nearest stop from my dorm. But hey, luck was not on my side that day.

The bus stopped in front of Stasiun UI and because I didn't really know about the route of the bus, I got off with everyone else. I had to walk a few more meters. Never mind. I had to walk so far away with the little energy I had left. My legs hurt, my feet hurt, even my arms hurt and I had no idea why. I got to my dorm safely, though. I was still grateful.

Yeah...

Thursday, July 21st 2016.

The second day of OBM, I got a class in FISIP'UI. The faculty was not as far away as FEB or FT. It was rather close to FH and also my dorm. So, I decided to walk. I mean, I needed every opportunity to multitask between exercising and studying. I took the chance and yeah, this walk was not as painful as yesterday morning's walk. I got to the building quite early.

Since there were only like five students waiting outside the building, I waited too. It would be a bit awkward if I just went to the second floor of the building alone while everyone was still waiting outside. And when one decided to get to class, everyone who was also waiting including me decided the same thing. We climbed the stairs and got to our destined classes.

Bersyukurlah semua kelas di UI memiliki pendingin ruangan yang menurut saya top quality. All my sweat and stress were always cooled down by the AC. Then, not long after everyone arrived and the lesson started. Like the previous day, we discussed one matter from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class was dismissed when it was finally time to go home. Yay!

A new friend of mine and I waited for her Uber to arrive before I got to walk home. When her Uber came, I started walking back to my dorm. The walk was more enjoyable and fun although I was walking alone. The streets were somehow always full of cars and some motorcycles. I had no trouble walking that day, plus I stopped by in the nearest small restaurant to buy some food to break my fast later.

Friday, July 22nd 2016.

Akhirnya, OBM hari ketiga datang juga. Meskipun hari-hari sebelumnya materi dan kelasnya asik-asik tapi bayangan hari terakhir sedikit menyenangkan hati juga. Hari itu, saya ditempatkan di gedung FASILKOM yang juga tidak begitu jauh untuk ditempuh dengan jalan kaki. Seperti hari-hari sebelumnya, saya pun jalan menuju ruangan kelas sepagi mungkin.

Dosen untuk sesi pertama cukup menyenangkan. Materinya juga lumayan santai dan sama seperti materi-materi di hari sebelumnya, Informasi Literasi benar-benar memberikan tambahan wawasan untuk mencari referensi dan informasi selama mengerjakan tugas kuliah nantinya. Kembali kami dibagi menjadi beberapa kelompok diskusi kecil. Setelah mengajukan pendapat dan sebagainya, kelas diakhiri dan ditutup dengan kunjungan ke perpustakaan pusat UI.

I have always liked libraries. UI's library is so huge and really comfortable to spend so much time in. We were guided by one of the official librarians. She introduced us to all parts of the library, places and shelves where we can find references, recreational books, and even cubicles and places to read and do our college assignments. The tour was fun especially for people like me who loves books so much.

After the tour, we headed to our next and final session of OBM. Saya kembali ditempatkan di daerah FT-FEB yang lumayan jauh dari FASILKOM. Namun, kali ini saya berjalan dengan empat orang teman baru dan mengambil jalan pintas. Kami berbincang-bincang seraya berjalan menelusuri jembatan TEKSAS dan hari yang cukup mendung.

Kami pun sampai di ruangan yang berisi banyak komputer. Berhubung memang sesi terakhir ini sesi e-learning dan pengenalan website-website penting UI, kami pun ditempatkan di Lab Puskom, FT'UI. Pukul 13.30, seusai kaum pria shalat Jumat dan istirahat, kelas pun dimulai. Kami menggelar diskusi online dan membahas beberapa topik. The new classmates (since every session we had during OBM had different people, except some lucky people who got to be in the same class as us for four sessions straight) were a lot more fun and goofy than my previous ones, we sent some random memes to our online discussions that was monitored by the lecturer. Thank God, he didn't mind. 

The session ended and we headed back to our dorms. Karena hari terkahir, saya memutuskan untuk mencari cara tercepat untuk sampai di tempat kost. Saya memilih ojek karena selain cepat, tarifnya juga murah. Katanya, ojek di dalam UI, ke mana saja kita meminta untuk diantarkan akan tetap bertarif Rp8.000,00 sampai Rp10.000,00.

Sampailah saya di kostan dan waktunya bersantai.

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Mengikuti OBM dan mulai tinggal sendiri di kostan meskipun hanya tiga hari benar-benar mulai membentuk dan menguji karakter yang sudah dibangun selama 18 tahun terakhir. I got to prepare my own food, clothes, and even soap and toothbrush every morning. The hardest and scariest part was waking up in the morning without being late or without wanting to sleep again. Tidying my bed, sweeping the floor, and cleaning the trash were not much of some burdens for me. The other hard thing was the loneliness. Yeah, I've got some dorm mates that I can always talk to and watch TV with. But then when it was time to go to sleep, I was always hit with the fact that I'll be spending my time for the next four years in this room alone or with some assignments. My dorm mates can only share the same loneliness and stressful thoughts of living far from home and family. As for the other worries and anxieties, I only have myself to cry on. And of course, Allah swt.

The realization finally came in completed picture, I guess. This is it. This is my time to prove that I can be one of the most important parts in society. This is the time to prove that my parents have raised me to become a good kid and a responsible adult. And I'm both scared and thrilled. I really can't wait to live far from home. Because there'll always be a reason to spare some times from college works and friends just to see and be with my family. It'll be alright, I can tell.

And yeah, that's it for this week. OBM was fun. Living on my own was both incredible and empty. But I know I'll get used to it. Anyway, see you all on my next blog post:)

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