“Be Fearless in The Pursuit of What Sets Your Soul on Fire”

Hello, I’m Darrin Christy Napitupulu, SHARE Scholarship Awardee Batch 3 from Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia. Now studying at University of Santo Tomas, Philippines in major Entrepreneurship, College of Commerce.

SHARE Scholarship ? What is that ?

Okay, lemme explain it to you:)

SHARE Scholarship program is a project of European Union and ASEAN to support higher education in ASEAN Region. This scholarship program offers a fully funded, one semester exchange for selected universities across ASEAN region and Europe. This will be done by providing approximately 500 scholarships, of which 400 scholarships are allocated for intra-ASEAN mobility and 100 scholarships for ASEAN-EU mobility. What ? Fully Funded ? Of course YES!! SHARE Scholarship will cover tuition fee, living allowance, return airfare, health insurance, settling in allowance, study materials, and visa costs. It’s cool, right ?

Actually, I was in dilemma whether apply for this scholarship or not. I’m a 4th year student in my home university and on progress to doing undergraduate thesis. On the other hand, being exchange student also one of my bucket lists before finished college life. Honestly, at that time, i felt so confused and fear. I’m afraid that i’ll take wrong decision and end up with regret. But, at the end, I convinced my self to apply the scholarship, postponed my graduate time, and broke that fear.

Yes. Be fearless.

Probably, be fearless is not as easy as turning the palm of the hand, but noted that, when achieved, it can lead to unending possibilities.

Well, It has been 2 months since I came to Philippines as an exchange student for one semester. August, 7, 2017, I officially being a student in UST through SHARE Scholarship and start my new life here, in Manila.

Do I feel regret ? NO.

I feel so grateful.

I obtained many precious things during this period. Meet new people, interact with others in different culture and behavior, gain new perspective of the way of life, being more open minded, and force my self to going out from comfort zone. I also have the chance to see a side of my major that i couldn’t exposed in home university. For me, being an exchange student is one of the most rewarding and exhilarating experiences in my life. In spite of the fact that struggles and obstacles in adaptation process came up surely without permission. I believe that, if there is no struggles, there is no progress.

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. Life is too short to let fear make big decisions for you. Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you may gain something better :)

Pssst, I have a great news for you..

SHARE Scholarship now open for Batch 4 !! Go and check it at http://share-asean.eu/activities/scholarship/

Be fearless to apply SHARE Scholarship Program and start your journey!!

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