By Wiwin Hartini It’s hard to believe that I’ve been taking my engineering courses remotely these past six weeks. There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to studying engineering remotely. This is my last year studying electrical engineering at Portland State University. I was a transfer student from Clark College in Vancouver, WA, and my time at PSU was enriched by hands-on experiences. Electrical engineering has … Continue reading What it’s like to study engineering remotely
By Wiwin Hartini Adjust your schedule I made a mistake on my first time fasting here by keeping my regular schedule on top of fasting. This didn’t turn out well because I didn’t get enough sleep, and I would be very sleepy during school. So I have adjusted my sleeping schedule to accommodate for the early breakfast at 4 a.m. Sometimes I would stay up … Continue reading Tips for fasting in the US While Going to College
By Wiwin Hartini When school starts, everyone gets busy working on assignments. It’s week 5 already and we’re getting closer to midterms. I’m nervous just to think about that because I know assignments are due soon and exams are coming up. Stress level is increasing while time is still constant. This is when I try to break down every task into a smaller task and … Continue reading Study anytime, 24/7 on Campus
By Wiwin Hartini When I came to the United States in 2016 for college, I thought I’d be making friends with Americans and be able to speak English on a daily basis like what I’ve seen in the movies when I grew up. Although that part is true, living here has broadened my perspective about international boundaries. I’ve never met as many international students as … Continue reading Making international friends at PSU
By Wiwin Hartini It scares me to think about the fact that I only have a few terms left at PSU until I graduate. My mind keeps reminding me of how critical it is to lay out my plans A, B, E, etc. I remember looking for an internship last year and applying for 20-something opportunities online. It was not surprising not hearing back from … Continue reading Looking for an internship is daunting, but why not make it fun?
By Wiwin Hartini I transferred from Clark College last year, and my first term at PSU was overwhelming. I was still adjusting to the longer commute, and my classes were more difficult. Making friends posed the biggest challenge. Coming from a society where most of your peers are your age has a disadvantage. I did not know how to interact with people from more diverse … Continue reading “How to make good friends in school 101”
By Wiwin Hartini It’s 3:30 a.m. and my alarm just went off. With my sleepy self, I try to gather all of my energy to eat suhoor (early breakfast). As Muslims, we fast for 30 days from sunrise to sunset during Ramadhan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. I normally have avocados with an omelet or toast and drink four glasses of water. It’s … Continue reading Fasting, going to school, working, and enjoying it all