Just in case you’re surprised that a stranger writes in here, well… hello :)
I’m Diar Adhihafsari, alumnus of FKIP and former member of ESA (2002). I get the opportunity to write here as ESA invited me to contribute for this blog (so, no, I’m not trespassing, people). And below is my very first writing for ESA blog, genuinely written to welcome the new year :)
The question of the abovementioned title is not merely a question, but it’s really a question expected to be answered (well, particularly by the Executive Board members, if I may suggest). Despite the fact that the question needs only one answer (between ‘yes’ and ‘no’), chances are various answers will come up, either:
- “Yes!” (with an astounding zest)
- “Err… yeah…” (another form of “Well, um, I guess…”)
- “What?!?” (with two eye balls almost come out of their place, as another form of “10 things to do in 101 days?!? What the bloody hell are you talking about?!?”)
- “No.” (without even a wee bit of interest in saying it)
I mean come on now. You’re a university student (means that you’re a grown up), you learn zillions of lessons both from school and daily life (means that you’re aware that life is not just about eating, hanging out, or making money), and inside you, I believe you have a sort of empty spot to be filled (I mean with fulfilled dreams, fulfilled idealism, fulfilled joy, etc.). Then it’s no longer a time for you to say, “It’s the brand new year once more. I want to be a better person” and that’s it. Do you REALLY have any idea what it takes to do to be a better person? Can you even enlist at least 5 concrete activities to do in order to make you a better person in the new year to come?
You have learned that an essay have to be started with an outline or at least with a first paragraph. You have learned that a paragraph is started with a sentence, and so on, and so on, you get the point. You can be ‘structured’ in school, then why can’t you in setting your very own goals (or New Year’s resolutions or dreams or whatever you name it)?
Okay, life is supposed to be pretty flexible and not to be bound by enormous amount of rules. But it won’t hurt, for sure, to reach your BIG goals by setting and doing and reaching the small ones first. So it won’t hurt as well to be a bit more structured this time in doing that. And guess what, this one’s good for an organization like ESA, too :)
Now I know you have, probably, 2536 wishes for the new year (it’s not like I’m counting). But what if you stop right there (before you make your 2537th wish) and reduce them until there are only 10? What are 10 things you’d like to do starting today (or tomorrow or January 1 or whenever you want to)?
Think about that and I’ll see you again in the second part of this writing :)