I went to New York City (NYC) for a few days to meet a couple of friends. It’s been a while since the last time I met them, so it was a good opportunity to visit NYC and catching up with them. We went to Times Square for New Year’s Eve, although we were not able to see the ball drop, it was still fun. At least I experienced one of the “things that you must do in NYC”. Lol.
The next day, Ghany and Nani invited everyone to their house for their house warming and also as a favor for me. Lol. (Ghan, you’re a good wingman bro..!!).
The following week I went to Pittsburg to visit a couple of friends who studied at Tepper School of Business. I drove for a straight 7 hours from Williamsburg by myself. I don’t know why but I really enjoyed driving in the states. I can clear my mind while I’m driving and reflects about things in my life. I also can sing during the trip and release some stress. Lol. So, I stayed for 4 days in Pittsburg at my friend’s apartment. He showed me around and we visited some interesting places.
At the end of the month, the international student office arranged one-day sky trip for $50, transportation included. Good deal! Of course I would signed up for the trip. I finally had the chance to went skying. I went on ice skating before and I thought skying would be similar, but it’s not. It’s different. I would say this one you need to be careful because you can get easily injured. I was lucky that I met this 8 y.o boy that showed me some techniques.
While last month I enjoyed the winter break and had a lot of fun, this month was a bit intense because I took more credits that I needed to graduate. One of the courses is only 2 credits, but it took more hours, because the faculty designed the course to be delivered in 7 weeks. So, it was really packed.
Mid February I went to NYC again to meet a friend. I only stayed for a day because I need to prepare my Batten Fund report for my pitch. This semester I was on the Tech and Telecom sector in Batten Fund analysts team. I thought finding stocks in this sector won’t be hard but I was wrong. It took me some time to finally made up my mind. The presentation went well, unfortunately, the majority of the class voted not to buy the stock. At that time I thought it should be an easy decision for my fellow analysts to vote Yes compared to my previous pitch in the oil sector, but then I realized the mistake that I made.
First, I assumed everyone knows and understand about tech/telecom sector so I did not put a lot of background information during the presentation. Second, I did not spend more time on how to sell it. I was too focused on the company’s product, competition and all the hard numbers and stats that I forget to find something that will interest my fellow analysts that would drive their decision to buy the stock. It was a good experience. *if we decided to buy the stock at that time, now (August, 25th) we would have gained almost 48% return
My team and I went to Cleveland Ohio for the case competition. My friend offered me to replace his position in the last minute. I accepted his offer because it was on my bucket list. We did not win but we had a lot of fun. I had a spring break and I, again, went to New York to meet a friend.
At the end of the month, David, one of my teammates in the first year came to school to visit us. We had a quick lunch in the cafeteria because he had to go back to work afterwards. It was nice to catch up with him, the last we met him was in May 2015.
I guess this month I almost never spent any weekend in Williamsburg. The first week, I went to James Madison University for International Student Leadership Conference on April 1st and 2nd in Harrisonburg, VA. The campus is nice and the conference was great. I am glad that I decided to come. The next day I went to DC to come to Don Rizli’s birthday lunch.
The following weekend, my best friend came to visit NYC, and again, I went to NYC to visit him. Another friend from Texas also came to visit NYC so it was fun to catch up with everyone. We visited some of the city’s landmark like Liberty Statue, Wall Street, Empire State Building, etc.
The following week, my friend, Dian, came to visit Williamsburg. She stayed for 2 days to explore Williamsburg. I told her that it would not take more than 2 days to see Williamsburg, lol. The next day we went to DC to see the Cherry Blossom Festival. Nani and Ghany also came to DC. So we went to the event together and meet other friends. After the event, Nani and Ghany came with me to visit Williamsburg and stayed for two days.
By the end of April I already finished all my exams and ready to graduate. Time flies. All I can say that these past two years has been a wonderful journey. I learned a lot of things and I really enjoyed it. Praise to Allah.
I have been watching his lectures on YouTube for almost a year. A few months ago I found out that there will be an ICNA-MAS Convention in Baltimore by the end of May and he is one of the keynote speakers with Ustad Nouman Ali Khan, Shaykh Omar Suleiman, and other great scholars. I decided to attend the convention so I can see all of them deliver the lectures in person.
Today, the first day of the convention, just before Imam Suhaib Webb delivers his first lectures, I saw him waiting in line to get a water bottle outside the conference room. I froze for a moment; “wow.. that’s him.. I watched his khutbah many times and he is standing in front of me now”. I knew that he was in a rush to get into the ballroom and his Liaison Officer was trying to keep up with the time schedule, but I couldn’t lose this opportunity to greet him. I walked towards him and..
me : Assalamualaikum Imam Suhaib.. It is really nice to finally meeting you..
ISW : Turned around and said : Wa’alaikumsalam.. Apa kabar?
me : *surprised that he can speak Malay/Bahasa and correctly guess that I’m either Indonesian or Malay*.. Wow.. you can speak bahasa?
ISW : Sedikit.. Where are you from? Malaysia?
me : Indonesia. *I do wanna say that I watched many of his lectures and how it resonates with me, but I realized that his time is limited, so instead I asked him* You mind if I take picture with you?
ISW : Boleh, satu..
me : Thanks..
and then his LO approached him to get him ready for the lectures. I totally forgot that his wife is from Malaysia, so of course he can speak a little bit Malay/Bahasa. He had three sessions today and I attended all of them. He addressed hot topics about Islamophobia, bigotry, social justice and other relevant topics in United States. It was really great to finally able to attend his lectures after only watched him on YouTube.
Can’t wait to hear Ustad Nouman and Shaykh Omar speeches tomorrow. Who knows I might get lucky again..
Tanggal 14 Mei 2016 kemarin saya di-wisuda untuk program studi MBA yang telah saya jalani selama dua tahun ke belakang. Seperti baru kemarin rasanya saya memulai studi di tanah amerika ini, tau-tau sekarang sudah di wisuda dan harus kembali ke Indonesia. Banyak pelajaran, pengalaman, pengetahuan yang saya dapat selama disini yang akan bisa bermanfaat buat saya kedepannya dan mudah-mudahan bisa saya aplikasikan semuanya agar bisa juga membawa manfaat untuk orang banyak.
Puji syukur kepada Allah SWT yang tiada henti memberikan nikmat dan karunia kepada hamba nya yang lalai ini. Semoga kedepannya saya bisa menjadi manusia yang lebih baik dihadapan-Nya, ga hanya mengejar dunia saja tapi juga mengejar akhirat.
Keberhasilan saya ini ga lepas dari dukungan banyak pihak yang telah berjasa kepada saya. Saya dedikasikan pencapaian saya ini untuk pihak-pihak berikut :
Keluarga saya: Mama, Papa, Kak Agnes, Ira, Hesa dan Ranza.
My lovely Mom, thank you for not giving up on me when I was not a good student back then, when I was a stubborn kid, your love and compassion that made me able to get through it all.
My Dad, thank you for motivating and inspiring us to pursue higher education.
My lovely sisters, what my life would be without you two? My days would not be full of joy and sometimes tears. Lol.
My high school buddy/brother-in-law, can’t think of anyone better than you to be my brother in law.
Ranza, thank you for showing me how it feels like to be a parent.
Ibu Iwan Warina, guru Fisika saya di SMA 82 Jakarta.
Beliau yang membuat saya menyukai Fisika dan akhirnya mengubah motivasi saya datang ke sekolah. Beliau lah yang menjadi titik balik perjalanan akademik saya, yang mengantar saya kuliah di kampus gajah duduk, yang untuk bermimpi pun saya dulu tidak berani. Setelah keluarga saya, beliau lah yang saya berikan credit terbesar akan perjalanan akademik saya hingga bisa sampai sejauh ini.
Perusahaan yang telah mensponsori saya untuk mengenyam pendidikan di luar negeri. Saya ga akan bisa berangkat tanpa dukungan dana dan dukungan dari semua teman-teman di kantor. Terima kasih akan kepercayaan yang telah diberikan, semoga saya bisa menunaikan amanah dan kewajiban saya dengan baik kedepannya.
Terima kasih kepada semua keluarga, kerabat, teman dan civitas academic William and Mary yang namanya tidak bisa saya sebutkan satu persatu. Thank you for being there through all the good times and bad times.
Williamsburg, May 26, 2016.
Don Rizli’s birthday, Dinner with the New Yorkers at Hot & Juicy and Running around National Monument.