I may not be the smartest person nor the most high-qualified people. I made a thousand mistakes before I reached the point I am now. The only thing I have is persistent. I still remember a month ago, a friend of mine asked me if I don’t get the scholarship when will I stop? The answer is very clear: until I get it, whenever it is. I refuse to give up on my dream.
However, one thing I learned from this journey is being persistent is not enough. I have to fully prepare with (if possible) the best strategy. And luckily, I met Ferry, a friend from one of the ‘scholarship preparation group’. He taught me how to set a ‘puzzle’. Imagine your life as a piece of puzzle, and you have to combine-compile-arrange it as one story to sell yourself. I just want to write one part from his story, for the complete part you wanna take a look to his blog here.
Many people asked: how to get a scholarship? There are MANY answers to that kind of question. But the most important thing is before you apply to any scholarship, you should have a clear future plan. By defining it will help you to define your propose study. Usually, people think the propose study will define your future, however, your future plan will help you to choose the right education (or any requirement e.g work experience or skills) for you.
As you can see that the order to define it starts from: 1) S1 (undergraduate study); 2) Work Experience; 3) Future Plan (you can divide it into two or three section, e.g next 5 years, 15 years and 20 years); 4) S2 (master degree).
You can describe and explain what you already done or you may do (in the future) in the ‘WHAT’ column. Furthermore, you can write several list of skills you already gained or (hope) will gain in the ‘SKILLS’ column.
Let say, there is someone named Dita.
At S1, she took Law as her my major, active in several organisations (student executive body as vice-head of social service department and law student association for legal practice), and her minor focus on child and internet protection law. She also got a scholarship from the university. Several skills she gained are have a basic-intermediate knowledge about criminal law theories, basic skills to academic writing, organization skills, team-work, communication skills, etc.
While her work experience as a researcher about law aspect in new start-up digital business in Indonesia helps her to obtained skills on research to support policy advice and advisory skills on legal aspect for new start-up digital in Indonesia.
In the future, she would love to greater her role not only as a researcher in her current organization but willing to expertise in law and digital technology. She really aware that internet become the biggest part of our life and in Indonesia the legal aspect relating digital technology/internet is still developing. Since the area is really dynamic.
For her master degree, she found a major that really suitable to her interest that will support her goal: Master of Laws in Advanced Studies in Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University. In this major she will learn several courses such as: 1) Regulating the internet; 2) Online privacy and data protection; 3) Digital government; 4) Digital child rights. By taking the major, she will deepen her knowledge and skills regarding the area of internet protection law. Moreover, she could propose a suitable regulation for Indonesia after learn from other countries’ experience and sharing ideas with her colleague.
Voila! I already finished a propose mapping plan for my sister. 😀
The map above really helpful (at least for me). It’s not only to write your answer for (any kind of) question while you’re applying for scholarship but also to make a structure answer for interview session when you’re shortlisted.
Have a nice weekend, everyone.