Tips Menghadapi Sidang Seminar

Assalammu’alaikum teman-teman saya yang sedang mempersiapkan laporan seminar dan mental untuk menghadapi sidang seminar. Saya akan membagikan tips bagaimana tetap eksis selama sidang seminar namun tips ini hanya yang menjadi pengalaman saya. So, bukan hal yang akan umum terjadi ūüôā

1. Persiapkan diri kalian dengan sangat baik. Mulai dari fisik, mental, dan bahan yang akan diuji. Mulai dari jauh hari untuk mencetak laporan kalian secara perlahan. Hal ini dikarenakan kita tidak mengetahui kondisi printer yang rentan bermasalah dan PLN yang bisa saja padam. Kalau laporan kalian belum selesai? cetak terlebih dahulu yang sudah selesai.

2. Setelah laporan seminar telah atau sedang dicetak langkah selanjutnya adalah membuat dan mencetak persentasi dan summary kalian. Saya menjilid presentasi setelah saya mencetak 1 slide persentasi dalam 1 halaman full color untuk menjamin kenyamanan penguji membacanya. (ingat, penguji akan memberikan apresiasi yang besar jika kita menyiapkan bahan dengan maksimal.)

3. Selanjutnya adalah menyiapkan penganan ringan untuk penguji yang berjumlah dua orang dan satu orang pembimbing. Saya menyiapkan 4 buah kotak kue dengan teh kotak (1 sebagai cadangan) yang saya pesan dan ambil 5 jam sebelum sidang. (jika kalian ingin menyiapkan diri tanpa bantuan teman-teman). Teh kotak sendiri bisa diganti dengan minuman mineral karena ada dosen yang tidak mau minum teh.

4. Ayo, bagaimana dengan pakaian kalian? Ingat, sidang seminar adalah acara resmi. So, pakaian kalian juga harus sangat klimis. Mulai dari baju kemeja, tali pinggang bagi cowok, celana kain, dan sepatu resmi. khusus buat cowok, jangan pernah memainkan rambut kalian ya.maksudnya, tampillah normal dengan style rambut yang resmi (rambut diberdirikan dengan wax sama sekali tidak baik).

5. Baiklah, kalian sudah siap untuk sidang! Datanglah ke ruangan kalian secepat mungkin untuk menyiapkan kursi, meja, dan alat-alat presentasi.

6. Bersikaplah sopan dan baik selama proses presentasi. Berbicaralah perlahan dengan intonasi yang baik pula. Jangan pernah memotong dan membantah sanggahan, masukan, kritikan, dan pertanyaan penguji. Hal ini dikarenakan akan menurunkan nilai sikap akademis kita. walaupun kalian punya argumen sendiri, tunggu sampai dipersilahkan dan selalu menerima masukan penguji. Ingat, kita masih mahasiswa yang sangat membutuhkan masukan.

7. Presentasikan hasil persentasi kalian dengan memanfaatkan waktu sebaik-baiknya. Jangan bertele-tele dan berbicaralah secara runtut. Maksimalkan prsentasi kalian dengan sedikit tulisan namun tetap jelas, perbanyak grafis, dan penjelasan sumber (footnote).Halaman presentasi kalian yang terlalu banyak (kalau saya cukup 24 halaman) hanya akan membuang waktu kalian.

8. Selama persentasi, usahakan minimalisir usaha kalian untuk melihat ke slide persentasi tapi perhatikan mata penguji. tunjukkan kalau kalian sudah siap tanpa harus membaca teks.

9. Jawab pertanyaan dengan baik dan jelas. Jika perlu tunjukkan literatur yang mendukung. Terima setiap masukan dari penguji dan pembimbing ya.

10. Nah, untuk pertanyaan itu sendiri. itu pintar-pintar kita menganalisa dan rajin mencari tahu. dosen penguji biasanya menanyakan hal-hal yang berkaitan dengan spesialisasi beliau, baik itu konsep, struktur, atau pun keberlanjutan. dengan kata lain, tidak kenal makanya tidak siap.

11. Bersikaplah dengan tenang karena gugup dan ketakutan akan menghancurkan segalanya. Banyak berdoa, berzikir, dan salat sunat sangat membantu kelancaran sidang kalian. Jangan lupa tidur yang cukup sebelum sidang ya.

Sekian dulu tips yang saya bagikan kepada kalian. Jika masih ada pertanyaan, silahkan menghubungi saya via jejaring sosial atau email. Terima kasih teman-teman dan semoga sukses sidang seminarnya.

Pre-Departure Orientation IELSP Cohort 9 University of Kansas

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) of Indonesia English Language Study Program (IELSP) scholarships Cohort 9 has been held from April 24 to 27, 2011 and left a wonderful memory with my friends from various educational backgrounds, cultures, and religions. Eighteen grantees of IELSP (picture above) not only have opportunity to learn english but also study intensively about the U.S. culture at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas during 8 weeks from May 30 to 31 July 31, 2011.

PDO is held at the Hotel New Idola, East Jakarta and attended by 36 grantees who will be placed both at the University of Kansas and Iowa State University. The PDO’s activities that are followed by grantees are visa interview briefing, visa interview at U.S. embassy, and orientation before departure.

Paper Craft

Paper waste is not a big problem now. Paper waste such as print-out, newspaper,  food wrapper, and others can be processed into more valuable goods. One of them is paper craft. It is simple to do since the process requires no special equipment. Paper, basically, contains adhesive material such as alum and casein, so that to make various of paper crafts does not require glue or other adhesives. The following steps are basic of all unique creations of paper craft so the result depend on your creativity guys!

  1. The first step is making paper pulp. Soak a small size of paper into clean water for 24 hours, then replace the water before reducing to pulp by hand and drained¬†(don’t use¬†electrical device since¬†we are trying to reduce waste and energy consumption).
  2. Next, paper pulp is squeezed a bit to reduce water, insert into a mold, and shaped as desired. During shaping, try to press the pulp softly with your fingers and cotton so the pulp will be solid, dry, and has a good shape.
  3. For large-sized pulp, pulp can be allowed to stand for 1-24 hours. It will allow air to enter into the mold before being removed. On the other hand, for a small-sized mold, the mold can be helped with a thin layer of oil on its surface and release the pulp after shaping immediately.
  4. Shaped pulp which is still wet can be dried under sunshine or simply aerate it at room temperature. Shaped pulp that has been dried will be light and hard.
  5. The next process is coating the shaped pulp with plamur or plamir so paint which is added will not absorb into the shaped pulp (because it is made from paper). Plamur or plamir coating can be made through dilution of plamur and thinner. Coat the shaped pulp evenly and thinly.
  6. Finally, after making sure the shaped pulp coating has dried and has been smoothed with a brush, it can be colored with timber or poster paint. For brighter color and durability, coat it with varnish or clear spray.

Pulp which has been prepared can be used to make various creations such as key chain, refrigerator magnet, tissue box, wall hanging, and others. Guys, have fun with paper pulp and thank you for helping reduce paper waste and increasing environmental cleanliness!

Reference: Yahya, Asep. 2005. Paper Craft. Jakarta: Puspa Swara.

Best Engineering Student

Alhamdulillah, a short message was received on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 08.25 pm which announced me as one of five candidates to attend best engineering student 2011 final competition. I have to make presentation and will be interviewed in english in front of five department representatives . Wish me luck my Lord, Allah SWT.

Exclusive Interview with Kepala Bidang Persampahan DK3 Banda Aceh

Banda Aceh, Monday, February 28, 2011, 09.54 am

Completing data for thesis titled Waste Treatment Training and Research Center in Banda Aceh, I interviewed Kepala Bidang Persampahan Dinas Kebersihan dan Keindahan Kota (DK3) Banda Aceh, Bapak Ir. T Zul Akhyar, MT who studied sandwich program in Germany. From the interview that took approximately 90 minutes, some interesting points can be summarized such as waste management and entrepreneurship .

1. According to Pak Zul who is a producer of Kutaraja TV and a initiator of brilliant environmental education ideas, Gampong Jawa Landfill, Banda Aceh is one of the best landfills not only in Indonesia but also in Asia! There are some reasons. First, Gampong Jawa landfill has applied sanitary landfill system or burying waste under soil (Bahar 1986:18). This system guarantees the feasibility of health, safety, and sustainability of environment around Gampong Jawa landfill. Thus, 160 tons per day of waste that are produced by Banda Aceh citizen will be treated well.  Second, heavy equipment operated in landfill has good quality and damnly expensive. For instance, a small compost car (picture below) can destroy logs into small pieces. Furthermore, a car controlled by a remote cost IDR 4 billion!

2. In order to reduce inorganic waste, especially plastic, DK3 Banda Aceh launched Bank Sampah and leaderships program at schools in Banda Aceh in 2008. Bank Sampah program is placing tanks which store plastic waste such as ex mineral water bottles (picture below). Thus, money raised from the sale of waste to DK3 Banda Aceh can be used to fund school activities or students as depositor. There are 60 bank sampah spread at schools in Banda Aceh.

Dinas Kebersihan dan Keindahan Kota (DK3) Banda Aceh also formed 165 leaders as a change agent at schools to help increasing awareness students about waste and its problems. Besides that, DK3 officers periodically give speech in ceremony at schools in Banda Aceh. Student approach is expected to be more effective to make a change especially in environment issues.

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3. Last, Pak Zul who is able to speak german fluently discussed about entrepreneurship.  To be a success entrepreneur, he said, we have to be brave, honest, and believer.

Hopefully this summary is helpful. Thank you to Bapak¬†Ir. T Zul Akhyar, MT for sharing.¬†Guys, for more information and discussion, don’t hesitate to call Pak Zul or join enviromental disscusion at Kutaraja TV and Haba Cafe. Let reducing waste!¬†

Reference: Bahar, Yul H. 1986. Teknologi Penanganan dan Pemanfaatan Sampah. Jakarta: PT. Waca Utama Pramesti.

IELSP Cohort 9 – Final Announcement

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Alhamdulillah, I can’t thanks enough to The Almighty Allah SWT. On Monday, February 28, 2011 at 4.04 pm, an IIEF Jakarta officer informed me that I am an Indonesia English Language Study Program (IELSP) Cohort 9 grantee. Insya Allah, I will study at University of Kansas, US on June 1, 2011.

Green Map Aceh – Peta Pohon Anak-Anak Darussalam

On July 24-25, 2009, Green Map Aceh held Peta Pohon Anak-Anak Darussalam seminar and workshop at SD Negeri 16. It was attended by elementary students from three schools in Darussalam, Banda Aceh such as SD Negeri 16, SD Negeri 69, dan MIN Rukoh.

The seminar and workshop was divided into two activities in two days. On the first day, participants attended seminar and discussion about tree and waste. Accompanied by their tutors, the participants had a walk to make a tree map on next day. The keynote speakers are Bu Sylvia Agustina (Green Map Aceh leader), Pak Iqbar (Dept. Biology FMIPA Unsyiah lecturer), Bu Erna Meutia (Dept. Architecture Unsyiah lecturer), dan me. These are some pictures of the event :

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dsc04392Bu Cut Dewi as a master ceremony of Peta Pohon Anak-Anak Darussalam seminar and workshop.

???????????????????????????????Keynote speakers (left-right) Bu Erna Meutia, me, Pak Iqbar, and Bu Sylvia Agustina.

???????????????????????????????I was answering a question about purposes of tree in reducing global warming.

???????????????????????????????On second day, students were divided into three groups for doing observation in three route in Kopelma Darussalam. Before observation, students attended briefing and got workshop kit such as map and leaves storage.

???????????????????????????????Pak Iqbar was explaining about how to know tree’s age by counting the amount of¬†¬†circle’s year on its section. The students were enthusiastic when they listened and tried to guess the age of trees. Surprisingly, Mahogany trees in front of Economic faculty of Unsyiah were 25 years old.

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The students not only got beautiful and unique souvenirs which were made by recycled paper but also books which were donated by Eye on Aceh and Leuser Foundation in the end of workshop. The souvenirs were made by Green Map Aceh Volunteers.

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Thank you Green Map Aceh volunteers and Mbak Widodo from Yogyakarta (picture above) for your help and support.

How to Make Handicraft from Mineral Water Bottle Cap

One of competition that held in order to celebrate HUT Gugus Depan (Gudep) A329-A330 Universitas Syiah Kuala (Unsyiah) XXXIII on February 23-27, 2011 were handicraft competition. Eight groups of junior high school students and 19 groups of senior high school students from all around Aceh joined the competition which required them to make handicraft from second-hand goods. As one of three juries, I think the handicrafts were quite interesting and different but there was the most interesting and innovative work to be published. Following pictures were the handicrafts:

Unfortunately, I did not have much time to interview the winner of handicraft competition, MTsS Oemar Diyan male students, and to take some photos of it (including official permission to publish their creative work).

Why the handicraft which is made from mineral water bottle cap is special? First, its raw material is 100% second-hand good. Second, no electrical device is needed to make it. Last, in processing, it does not produce waste.

MTsS Oemar Diyan male students needed only a lighter, some mineral water bottle caps, some safety pins, and a soda can to make the handicraft. The back of a can of soda serves as a mold of caps that were burned with a lighter. Thus, the molten of caps would form the back of soda can pattern. Before the molten became cold and hard, they added a safety pin as a hook immediately.

It is simple, isn’t it? The result are totally different from its raw material and more functional. Thank you to MTsS¬†Oemar Diyan¬†male students for the tips and¬†Fely Komul¬†for your help in taking photos.¬†Let greening our environment by reducing waste.