“When I was in high school, I majored in social science and wanted to study it in college as well. At that time, communication science was something rather new and booming in my time. Honestly, at first, I didn’t know anything about communication science. But I think that the prospect of communication science in the future must be good because communication science is a knowledge that will always be used and needed. That’s the reason I chose to continue my study in Communication Science Study Program at Diponegoro University,” said Esdras Idi Alfero Ginting, S.Sos, Alumni of Communication Science, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Diponegoro University.

Esdras entered Undip in 2002 through the National Entrance Selection for State Universities (Seleksi Nasional Masuk Perguruan Tinggi Negeri / SNMPTN) and graduated in 2007. While in college he also worked in the field of journalism.

“After studying about communication, I finally became interested in journalism. I enjoy writing and often write articles in newspapers. In 2005, I joined the afternoon newspaper ‘Wawasan’ and became a journalist in the arts and culture department. After graduating from college, I still joined ‘Wawasan’ until 2008, so I worked for the media for almost 3 years. After that I moved to Jogja to join ‘Harian Jogja’, part of the group of ‘Koran Bisnis Indonesia’. After 2 years working at ‘Harian Jogja’, I was promoted to be assistant editor so I rarely work in the field like when I was a journalist. My tasks are mainly related with the editorial field. I also worked as online editor of ‘Harian Jogja’ Online Website for about a year,” he recalled.

“In 2012 I tried to register for Civil Servants Candidates, it turned out that I was accepted and was placed in North Sumatra. I moved to Medan in 2013 since I was placed at the National Narcotics Agency in Serdang Bedagai Regency. I was originally working in the field of journalism, but now my knowledge began to shift and change to public speaking because public speaking skills must be possessed by an extension worker. In 2019, I transferred to Deli Serdang Regency until now as a Drug Instructor for Young Experts at the National Narcotics Agency in Deli Serdang Regency,” he continued.

According to Esdras, the world of communication is an exciting world with extraordinary jobs and opportunities everywhere. When he went to college, it turned out that the world of communication was a very challenging world and he did not enter the wrong major. A lot of knowledge is obtained in field of communication, from journalism, public speaking, advertising, broadcasting and all these skills are useful in the world of work. These knowledge are also needed in his daily activities and he is very grateful to be part of Undip Alumni of Communication Science.

“Semarang culture is very tolerant and friendly to students from outside Java like me, at the same time I also learn about Javanese cultures. I lived in a boarding house which brought many experiences in my life. In college, I met many friends from all over Indonesia with different backgrounds. During college, I have never experienced problems in dealing with the lecturers because the lecturers in Communication Science Study Program were very friendly,” he said.

“Education can change our lives. I was a farmer’s son, so since I was little I’ve felt the struggle of life as a farmer, and honestly I was lazy to go to the fields because I know that managing the fields is tiring. In the end, I chose to be serious in studying, because at least it could change my life from farmers culture to the new field of world. I feel a sense of pride as an Undip Communication Science graduate, every time I give counseling to schools I convey to the younger generation, I motivate them about the importance of education. Education is a way for the younger generation to avoid misfortune and a medium to reach their dreams. Goals are important and you have to fight to achieve them,” Esdras concluded. (Linda – Public Relations)

Translated by: Titis (Public Relations)