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Rainbow After A Rainy Day

Registered Date September 25, 2015 Read 2986
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I am Yoke Hartono, a Scranton Scholar from Indonesia. I have earned my bachelor degree of Product Design in February 2014. It was blissful years during my time in Duta Wacana Christian University because of the acknowledged achievements made in my academic life.

I am proud to say I was on the dean’s list every semester for 4 years. However, my proudest and latest achievement was when I was given the honor as the second best graduate and received a special prize for having the best final project. For my final project, I researched communication between children and parents through visual-spatial approach by interpreting it into an educational toy. The design concept of this educational toy was based off of traditional Indonesian vehicles. My plan was for young generation to become aware of their national treasures and heritages. Nothing great is easily achieved; I had to go through some trials and hurdles. It was very difficult to manage time between work, school, and homework. Moreover, I fell into depression at the time because I got an incident while doing my work. I almost gave up halfway because I thought the final project was impossible to create. However, with the support from family, lectures, and friends, I slowly gathered the remaining strength I had left.

 I created the product in a workspace called “Mandiri Craft”. It is a wooden toy factory that rebuilt for the disabled after the 2006 earthquake. A massive earthquake hit Yogyakarta 9 years ago and the area workspace was in was most affected. Most residents lost their limbs because of their ruined houses. After 4 months of commuting 2 hours every day on my motorbike from my home to Mandiri Craft, I finally completed my project. It was a long but rewarding time to be alongside the members of the factory. Although I was the only female in their work area, they welcomed and treated me so well. The people there were incredible; the limit in their mobility did not limit their will, ability, and creativity. No wonder their products were praised for their great quality. Through these circumstances that have occurred I am reminded of God’s goodness in guiding me and blessing me through others without fail. Therefore, I learned the importance to be persistent and look forward to the rainbow that will appear after a rainy day.

It is with grace I have received a Scranton Scholarship. Becoming Scranton Scholar meant so much not only to me, but also to my family who was going through hardship. Scranton Women’s Leadership Center gave me the hope to seize my bachelor degree and the opportunity to continue learning about design from experts. From first having nothing, I now have earned the ability to design things that many people entrust me with. Most importantly, being a Scranton Scholar inspired me to be a blessing for other people by helping them achieve their future goals and dreams. I want other people to feel what I felt, which is to feel loved and cared for even in toughest moments.

One day I wish to become someone who gives financial aids for those who need education from an early age to college. Many people only think about early education and then leave that thought behind due to financial difficulties. Many parents cannot offer basic education for their children due to their financial difficulties. I have experienced myself through my part-time job as a kindergarten teacher. It helped me understand that early education is essential since it is the golden age to build a human’s characteristic and maximize their potential. Furthermore, I hope the nation will be led by the educated young generation with their beautiful hearts and become an example to society. 

Photo Credit:

1. http://svl.petra.ac.id/repository/jiunkpe/jiunkpe/s1/jdkv/2009/jiunkpe-ns-s1-2009-42405163-12922-mandiri_craft-extras11.jpg
2. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7284/9723607374_f9ab0ce72f.jpg