Graduation Ambassador

It was December graduation.

I was interested in becoming a graduation ambassador because I was not sure if I want this kind of graduation ceremony if I graduated. My scholarship doesn’t include graduation allowance. If I want a graduation ceremony, it will be on my own expense; and it is not cheap. So,  I’m not interested. Therefore, I became a graduation ambassador to feel the vibe, and in case it could change my mind. Besides, there will be a certificate, letter of reference, and coles voucher for ambassadors. I really wanted the last one.

A graduation ambassador is primarily a volunteer, but Monash community division called it ‘ambassador.’ There were few roles that could be chosen by the ambassadors, such as walk-with graduates ambassador, cloakroom ambassador, marquee ambassador, information center ambassador, and floating ambassador. The easiest one is the cloakroom ambassador, and the toughest one is the marquee ambassador, especially in the photography stall. The most fun one is walk-with graduate, especially if you are an extrovert.

I was an information center ambassador on Tuesday in front of Robert Blackwood Hall. My job was to let people know where they should take the gown, where the ceremony held, where they could buy the photography session, etc. The graduation was held in Monash Clayton, but apparently, not everyone is from Clayton Campus. Monash has campuses in Peninsula, Caulfield, Parkville, and other. So that is why some people were not familiar with Clayton campus.

It was okay, but I was pretty bored because I had to answer the same questions over and over again. I was tired too because I had a double shift. I had to stand there for approximately 7 hours. Besides, it was very sunny, and I totally got tanned.

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​Does Your Extrovert/Introvert Personality Affect your L2 Learning?

I really love this week reading material!

We discuss about affective and personality differences whether it will affect second language (L2 learning). I’m always interested in psychology, so when the topic is about character, I couldn’t be more excited!

In this post, the topic that I discuss is from classroom discussion and from Ortega’s book: Understanding Second Language Acquisition (chapter 9), which actually you could download for free at But I would not discuss everything, I will only focus on the extrovert and introvert personality. *I adore that website, anyway, since they always provide a range of materials that I could download for my assignments.

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I Got a Racist Email (2)

Karena email yang dia tulis tersebut, yang menyatakan bahwa kebanyakan orang Australia terganggu dengan keberadaan wanita muslim yang memakai hijab, tertutama burqa, membuatku berfikir bahwa apakah kebanyakan orang-orang Australia seperti itu. Walau aku juga yakin, yang dia nyatakan itu adalah sebuah hiperbola. Toh, dia juga tidak menyatakan data autentik yang mendukung argumennya itu. Tetapi, ada beberapa orang yang bilang beberapa orang Australia memang rasism, terutama di negara bagian Queensland. Namun, seberapa banyak? Aku pikir, ada baiknya bertanya kepada orang lokal.

Sabtu lalu, aku bertemu dengan temanku di tempat aku mengajar, yang merupakan orang lokal. Dia juga mahasiswa di Monash University, jurusan International Development. Aku cukup akrab dengan dia, dan kami sering bercerita banyak hal. Jadi, aku ceritakan ke dia tentang pengalamanku pahitku itu. (Well, ga pahit-pahit banget sih. B aja).

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I Got A Racist Email​

Hi guys!

Apparently, I have just received an ‘interesting’ email. I actually received it a few days ago, but since I blocked the email address of this person,  the messaged did not appear on my inbox. I checked my spam folder this evening, and I found out he already sent me two emails. The first one, which I posted in my Instagram story, was this:

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I know, it is ‘mind-blowing’. Take a deep breath, peeps. And the second one is this:

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I do not think he is truly sincere though, and he is already offended me in the first place, so I have a zero respect for him. Well, before I tell you my response and my opinion regarding this email, I bet you wonder how I know or met this person, and whether he is my friend.

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Second year! (and how I study in Monash)

Halo! Di sini sudah pukul 11 malam, tapi aku memutuskan untuk ngeblog dulu, karena besok aku bisa bangun agak siangan. Bukan karena apa, tapi di Melbourne subuhnya memang baru pukul 6 pagi dan matahari terbit pukul 7.30. Sedangkan maghrib pukul 17.20-an. Di sini memang sedang musim dingin. Jadi, kalau kamu puasa sekarang, itu cuman kurang dari 12 jam. Enak, kan?

Besok hari pertama kuliah di tahun keduaku dimulai. Ini klise, tapi aku ingin berkata, setahun kayak cepet ya. Kemarin rasanya baru saja orientasi (dan berjanji akan posting banyak hal tentang kuliah di sini tapi kurang tercapai), tetapi sekarang sudah tahun kedua. Semester ini aku ambil mata kuliah Second Language Acquisition dan World Englishes.

Aku pengen cerita sekaligus menjabarkan bagaimana persiapanku menghadapi minggu pertama, belajarnya seperti apa, dan bagaimana sistem pendidikan atau akses di Monash University. Gara-garanya, kemarin banyak teman yang bilang instagram story-ku isinya jalan-jalan mulu. Padahal, bukan berarti aku ngga belajar gaes, tapi masa iya aku upload tiap kali aku lagi belajar, kan ngga enak. Tapi ternyata upload stories jalan-jalan juga salah ya, haha! Oke, akan aku kurangi upload stories ya gaes.

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Perbedaan Budaya dalam Bahasa Tulis dan Refleksi Diri

Bahasa tulis tentu berbeda dengan bahasa lisan. Dalam bahasa lisan, kita tidak perlu memperhatikan tanda baca, menggunakan huruf besar atau kecil, imbuhan, dan lain-lainnya. Dalam bahasa tulis, terutama dalam sisi akademik, kita harus memperhatikan segala detail dari topik, paragraf, isi, dan tanda baca. Standar bagus tidaknya bahasa tulis dan bahasa lisan juga berbeda. Dalam bahasa tulis, sebuah tulisan bisa dikatan  bagus jika mengikuti 7s, yaitu: clear (jelas), concise (singkat), concrete (konkret), correct (benar), coherent (koheren), complete (lengkap), dan courteous (santun).

Pertanyaannya adalah, apakah standar tulisan dari satu budaya ke budaya lainnya sama? Apakah kriteria tersebut bisa diaplikasikan ke berbagai budaya?

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First Ramadan in Australia and a Story Behind My Blog

Hi Y’all!

This week is pretty hectic. I have three essays more to go due on 25 May, 4 June, and 8 June. Also, this is Ramadan month which I actually have some to do list as well such as read Quran one day one juz. I also genuinely want to write to you all of my very first experience fasting in Australia, but I merely have time about it.

Anyway, before I ‘talk’ about my fasting experience, I would like to talk about this blog. So, I actually have two blogs, this one and the other one that I deactivated. I set it as a private mode so no one can’t see it but me because I write some personal stories there. I don’t want to see it again, and I don’t want people to reread it, because what’s done is done. However, somehow, a few weeks ago I feel like my posts on my other blog is precious and it is what’s a waste if just dump it like that. So, I export it to this blog, and tadaaaa there are more than 400 posts from 2013 on this blog. But, now, I realise, why I do I even did it. Thank God that  WordPress has an excellent system, and I can move those post into draft posts easily.

The reason I made a new blog, Not Average Girl, because I want this blog is much more professional and less private stuff of my daily life. Ideally, I want to run two blogs, this one is to share my scholarship and school stuff, while the other is where I can tell you my personal stories, my romance stories, in a frank way, and just be me. Meanwhile, I just can’t run two blogs. It is exhausted, and I don’t have much time. So, I exported all of my posts here without thinking about the consequences, and have moved it again into drafts post. I’m so-so-so silly.

I love writing on the blog, even telling my personal stories. Yet, recently, I feel like, people are judging me based on what I write here. I don’t know whether this is just my anxiety or what, but I have changed my mind, and I don’t want to write too personal stories. I used to write everything on my blog, and it is so much fun! And a lot of people leave comments on my blog, share their experience or leave a suggestion. I also used to write about my romance life. When I re-read it again, I feel like, “Omg, it is such a drama”, “Omg, why do I even like this bloke”, and whatsoever. And I still do remember about a guy who liked me, but he also liked another girl in the same time. It’s so funny. Now he is so chill to me, I don’t even know whether he remembers what he did in the past. He was like, “Hi Gadis, can you write some wishes to me on a piece of paper and capture it when you hang out somewhere in Australia”. I’ll be like, dude. Okay, I’ll leave it here.

Alrighty then, so here we go, my first Ramadan in Australia.

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