Story of English D3 alumnus transfer program to Asia University

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Muhammad Rizal Zulmi A.MD.LI, UNAIR English Three-year vocational program (D3) alumnus, gives a presentation in a webinar.
Muhammad Rizal Zulmi A.MD.LI, UNAIR English Three-year vocational program (D3) alumnus, gives a presentation in a webinar.

UNAIR NEWS – Student Association of English Three-year vocational program (D3) Universitas Airlangga ( UNAIR ) held another English Business Relations webinar titled’ Engage into a new level’ on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Muhammad Rizal Zulmi A.MD.LI, an alumnus of UNAIR English Three-year vocational program (D3) and an active student of Asia University, had the opportunity to share information related to higher education and his experience studying abroad.

When you want to transfer from the D3 level to the Undergraduate program (S1), it takes five years to get a bachelor’s degree. According to Rizal, the two degrees can be gained within four years with the dual degree program. If you do a dual degree program, the D3 program is taken for three years and one year for a dual degree.

“I think it (dual degree, ed) is more efficient. Because you need a short time to get a degree and experience,” he said.

“Obviously, it will be busier, because two years of the curriculum are condensed into one year of study,” continued Rizal.

Continuing to the S1 level will get more in-depth courses such as accents and linguistics. Rizal also explained that we could be expert. Undergraduate program generally will require students to do research or write a final assignment. After becoming an expert, we will get new skills and methods.

“It (research) increases your skills in reading, critical thinking to explain the research topic you are doing,” he stated.

When you have done an extension (S1 level), the demands of the job we get will be more difficult. For example, after graduating from the master’s degree program (S2), we will be given a job that will not always be linear but equivalent to the level of obtained education. On the other hand, Rizal said that we would feel proud of all the achievements and titles obtained.

“It doesn’t mean that with a high position, you will get money easily. However, you will be faced with a higher level of difficulty as well,” he emphasized.

The fact shows that undergoing higher education will take up most of the time. There will be more tasks given with greater difficulties. So, it will automatically be more demanding to us.

Higher education also requires someone to manage their time well. Little things are often forgotten when the task begins to pile up.

“Surely you will feel weird if you don’t get assignments or you don’t do anything because you are used to getting lots of assignments,” he said.

One thing you need to do before choosing a major is consulting your advisor. The consultation will help us to be more comfortable while undergoing studies and avoid excessive stress.

Rizal also recommends paying attention to all requirements and expectations for the studies. There are options prepared for choosing a major.

Accommodation is also the first thing to think about, such as dormitories or other places to stay. And lastly, the lifestyle we have will be different from before.

“There will be culture shock when we live in a place (country) with a very different culture from ours,” he said.

It needs to be highlighted, during your studies, you are expected to make visits to other universities. It can build our expectations if we want to continue our studies elsewhere. It is also important to try to get scholarships both domestically and abroad. (*)

Author: Muhammad Ichwan Firmansyah

Editor: Feri Fenoria  

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