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Exciting new chapter for ACG alumna

Rumaisha Ghina Khaliila Putri (Ghina) is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Next month the ACG School Jakarta alumna will head to Japan to begin a new life and tertiary level marketing studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU).

“I’m so excited about this next chapter. I can’t wait to try living by myself – growing up is something I’ve been looking forward to,” says Ghina. “It’s certainly a little scary, and I’ll greatly miss my family and friends here in Indonesia, but I can’t wait to meet new people and learn to survive by myself.”

Until recently, Ghina expected she’d be completing university studies in the UK. She received several offers from highly regarded British universities, including Aston University, Goldsmiths – University of London, the University of Leicester, and the University of Lincoln. But the Covid-19 pandemic has inspired a change of heart.

“It felt quite overwhelming to travel that far away given the current situation, so I decided to apply for APU in Japan as well. I’ve been to Japan before, and I love the atmosphere there.”

Based in Beppu, Ōita Prefecture, Ghina will be studying marketing at APU’s College of International Management (APM) – the first step on her path to a creative career.

“I’m a creative person, and I’m looking for a career where I can share my ideas with people. Becoming a creative director would be my ultimate dream job!”

Understandably, Ghina feels nervous about making new friends and knows that adjusting to an entirely new environment might take a little time. However, she believes that studying at ACG School Jakarta, alongside students from all over the world, has prepared her well for an international university environment. So too has the academic rigour of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

“The IB programme pushed me to persevere. Not only is it recognised for the significant workload, but we are encouraged to constantly think outside the box, not just for our assignments but for regular class discussions amongst our peers.”

Additionally, the alumna is grateful for the constant guidance and encouragement both she and her classmates have received from ACG School Jakarta.

“ACG has provided me with immense support, especially with the IB’s exacting requirements and the additional challenge of conducting online school from home. Not only have my teachers helped me develop my organisational skills, but they guided me through the entire university application process and supported me mentally.”

What’s more, the school also imparted a number of valuable life lessons in the process.

“The most important lesson I learnt during my three-and-a-half years at ACG is that asking for help is entirely okay. No one expects you to understand everything all at once; everyone has their own pace. Oh, and I also learnt not to procrastinate on my assignments!”

Ghina with ACG School Jakarta Principal Shawn Hutchinson


For additional articles on the success of our students at ACG School Jakarta, please visit the following: University offers abound for Danu Yulianto and Building global opportunities at ACG School Jakarta