I woke up one day to an e-mail from Minerva School at KGI—a highly selective university that offers a brand new thought in higher education. I am granted with financial aid that covers almost everything, but I need $4000 to cover the rest of the cost to attend, security deposit (which is refundable after I graduate), health insurance, visa and airplane ticket from Jakarta, Indonesia to San Francisco.
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Ever since I was 14, I was forced by situation to think about my education by myself. I was not in custody of my father and lived away from him, but at the same time, my mother left me to work abroad and for some reasons, was unable to support me in any ways. My world started crumbling and I thought I was in a dead end. Until one day, in my school library, I found a red-covered book that saved my life, The 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens. The idea of putting principles as centers in life instead of anything else, grew in my mind. I was consumed by the idea of being proactive and taking control of my life.
Learning that I was not defined by my background or situations, I was empowered to create the future that I wanted by making consequential decisions. I have and will always been taking active role in my education and my life. I am glad to say that I earned financial assistance in a boarding high school that was filled by exceptionally talented students from all over Indonesia and I graduated with honor. As I grew up along the way, I began to see my values and the things I want to do in life.
To me, life should be about achieving my best self for the betterment of others. I want to be excited by challenges, to be drawn by innovation and exploration, to utilize every cell in my body, to see myself as a trailblazer for more young motivated people who happen to have stories like mine.
Having such vision in the back of my mind, I woke up one day to an e-mail from Minerva School at KGI in which potentially would change my life forever. When I clicked the “View Decision” banner, an animated video popped up and it said “Anggun, many paths have well-travelled, but some are different. Some paths will define your future. This is such one path. Minerva.”
Minerva School at KGI is a non-traditional university that offers a purpose-driven education. A university that has no physical campus, instead, it requires the students to deeply engage in 7 different cities around the world and make those cities as the campus. It is the path that emphasize experiential learning to gain critical skills for tackling complex challenges and improving our future collectively.
This is the path that I want to take, the journey that I want to embark on. Minerva has proved its commitment providing significant financial support by giving me financial aid package that covers nearly everything. However, I need helping hands to cover the rest of the cost to attend, security deposit (which is refundable after I graduate), health insurance, visa and airplane ticket from Jakarta, Indonesia to San Francisco.
Who is in this journey with me?
More About Minerva School at KGI
Official video from Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship
Actual Cost to Attend (The cost I need to cover after accepting the financial aid): $1000 ($500 enrolment deposit which will appear as a credit towards my first term tuition payment and it is due by May 1st. Another $500 is the amount that Minerva ask students to have on-hand for move in and living expenses in our first few weeks)
Security Deposit: $1000 [It is a residential deposit that is fully refundable after I graduate as long as I do not damage residence halls which would be the least thing I want to do :) and it is due by June]
Health Insurance: $1000 (I need to have it before I go, therefore, I am expected to have it by June)
Cost to Travel: $1000 ($800 for Airplane Ticket and $200 for Visa)
Therefore, the total is $4000. :)