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Forging a future in mechanical engineering

Both his parents studied there, and now ACG School Jakarta alumnus and former Head Boy Adam Putrayando is following in their footsteps.

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A student at Bandung Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Adam is in his first year of the Mechanical Engineering International Programme – and he is in his element.

“I grew up hearing all the fun stories of university life at the campus and wanted to experience something similar. I love Bandung as a city – the atmosphere, the culture and the people – and ITB is renowned for being very academically-focused which helps push me further,” says Adam.

While much of his university experience has been online so far, there has been plenty to get excited about.

“There have been lots of highlights already including meeting new people, learning to code with MATLAB and experiencing Bandung’s serene atmosphere. I’ve joined a number of organisations that will help me build connections and make new friends, including the student English debate forum, a study group on economic and capital markets, and the volleyball club. It’s also a goal of mine to earn a vital role in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE ITB) by my second year.”

After completing his bachelor’s degree and gaining some relevant work experience, Adam plans to head to Germany to gain his master’s degree from a TU9 university – an alliance of the country’s nine leading technical universities. He’ll be well-equipped for the challenge having already spent three years learning German. Besides, adapting to foreign cultures is nothing new for Adam.

“I spent five years at ACG School Jakarta, which is the longest time I’ve ever spent in one school. Prior to that, I’d only stay for a year at each school because we would move countries for my father’s job.”

During his time at ACG Jakarta, Adam created memories that will last a lifetime.

“The annual sports day (especially winning a couple of them with Biawak House), competing in the ACG varsity team at a volleyball tournament in Vietnam, and organising the annual ACG ‘locked-in’ event are just some of the stories that I’ll tell my grandchildren one day.”

He also took advantage of the many leadership opportunities on offer, from Biawak House Captain to Prefect and finally to Head Boy.

“I got to experience first-hand my strengths and weaknesses as a leader. I worked under the tutelage of some amazing people and in return, had the chance to lead an amazing and supportive team. I enjoyed many accomplishments and equally as many failures, but those failures enabled me to reflect, re-examine myself and mature.”

The two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) kept him on track academically and was, says Adam, great preparation for university and life in general.

“During IBDP Year 2, I realised that I had a lot to catch up on if I were to keep up with my goals. From this rise in motivation, I developed strong time management and organisational skills and discovered the value of several online resources.

“I think the IBDP is a great programme – I particularly loved the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) project! I felt overwhelming satisfaction sending in my internal assessments, extended essay, and CAS reflections, and receiving the grades I’d worked so hard towards. It was well worth it.”