Raras, National flaghoister from UNAIR

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Raras congratulated by UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih, SE., MT., Ak., CMA during the independence day ceremony at UNAIR. (Photo: Personal Documentation)

UNAIR NEWS – Flag-hoisting ceremony to commemorate the 74th independence of the Republic of Indonesia at Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR), on Saturday, August 17, 2019 ran well. UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih, SE., MT., Ak., CMA. presided the ceremony while the commander of the ceremony was Galih Aji Sukma, student of Faculty of Humanities from Student Regiment (Menwa).

One of the interesting things in the ceremony was the flag-hoisting troops which neatly formed the 74 number-formation which symbolized the age of the Republic of Indonesia. Besides, there was one member of the flag-hoisting team who was selected in the national flag-hoisting team at the State Palace.

Dienaar Rarastiti Widyaningrum, a student from Jepara, Central Java, studies at Faculty of Science and Technology (FST). The second child of three siblings is a member of national flag-hoisting team in 2017. Raras, currently studies at Biology program FST UNAIR.

Not only active in college, the alumni of SMAN 1 Kudus also actively participated in several organizations in Faculty and Student Activity Unit (UKM) such as as the management of UKM Debate, member of UKM Taekwondo, and faculty work programs; Sciensomnia, National Scholarship Seminars, and work programs of Biology; Biology Environmental Smart Competition, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points.

Dienaar Rarastiti Widyaningrum inaugurated by President Joko Widodo at the State Palace, August 2017. (Photo: Personal Documentation)

Raras also advised her fellow students to always be eager to improve themselves to become better personalities. “It’s never too late to be the best, to correct mistakes, even to start new things,” said Raras.

When asked about how to build the sense of nationalism, Raras revealed that it began by fostering a sense of belonging to a nation, remembering the struggle to achieve independence, a sense of belonging to a nation with had diverse cultures, ethnicities, races and religions.

“Because we live in a country with diverse cultures, religions, ethnicities and races, a sense of tolerance, social care, and honesty in ourselves must be built as a form of nationalism, for a better nation,” said the student from Central Java. (*)

Author: Faisal Dika Utama

Editor   : Binti Q Masruroh

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