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Ifan Tirta

Ifan Tirta
Class of '95


Graduated from high school, first of all, Ifan didn't know what major he should take. Then he made up his mind to take English as his major, neglecting his father's suggestion to take economics. As the years went through, Ifan didn't just learn the knowledge, but he could also absorb the essence of his major, learning about humanity. During his study, he learnt how to utter his words to other people, not just learn how to say words in English. Therefore, he could get some part time jobs easily. He was also a member of the students' senate, and a president of a Leo club, an international association of lions clubs which run many social activities in the world. He even got many awards form those activities. The greatest moment came to his life when he was selected to attend Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations in the Chinese University of Hong Kong in June 1999. Being the only student from his department to represent his university with the other three students from other departments, he was trusted to be the head of the delegate. During that conference, his delegate was the only one from Indonesia. It means that his delegate didn't only represent Petra Christian University but also his nation, Indonesia. Entering the last phase of his study, while working on his thesis, he has already been hired by a real estate company, beating some other candidates who have already had adequate experience in that field. Now, everytime he looks back, he feels that he is really blessed, for taking English as his major. In addition to mastering English, Ifan also knows how to interact well in the society, because the point of learning language is (once again) learning about human beings.