One of the most awaited moments by students who have completed their education is the moment at the graduation ceremony. The experience of joy and sorrow while undergoing lectures will be paid off when a graduate is sworn in at the graduation ceremony. A similar thing is being felt by Astri Ayu Nastiti, a cum laude graduate of Bidikmisi program from the Faculty of Science and Mathematics (FSM), Diponegoro University (Undip).

The graduate, who is familiarly called Astri, officially graduated on Thursday (19/05) at the Prof. Soedarto Building Undip Tembalang Campus in the 5th stage of the 166th Graduation period which was held offline on May 17-20, 2022. Astri, a Statistics student, managed to get a GPA of 3.94.

Astri’s initial journey to study at Undip was not easy. Starting from the SBMPTN path, Astri was accepted as an Undip student. Astri, who at that time had been accepted at another university in Semarang, chose Undip because she followed her heart. “So I entered Undip through the SBMPTN path, and at that time I was accepted at another university. But my gut said that I have to study at Undip. In fact, this is the best choice from Allah for me,” said Astri.

Despite experiencing economic difficulties, it did not dampen Astri’s enthusiasm for studying during her studies. With the support of her parents and close people, Astri completed her thesis and managed to become the second person in her department to achieve the highest GPA.

“I entered with the Bidikmisi scholarship and I was one of the students who had difficulties in the economic field. However, Alhamdulillah with the blessings from Allah, I was able to study smoothly because Allah ta’ala. In the preparation of the thesis, I started from collecting data until I got the data for 8 months. Alhamdulillah, my supervisor is very supportive. I am also the second person to do a thesis trial in my class, I am also the second person with the highest GPA in my department. I didn’t realize that what I chose from the beginning was the best for me,” she explained.

Apart from studying, Astri was also active as a member of the Student Executive Board for 3 years. In addition, she was active as a committee member in various campus events, became a lecturer assistant, conducted research and community service, participated in various competitions, and did some part time work. “I always participate in the Student Creativity Program (PKM) starting from 2018, 2019, 2020, even 2021 too. I have participated in the research and service activities as part of the FSM funding grant program in 2021 and 2022. Meanwhile, for competitions, I took part in competitions related to data and was the 1st Winner of the Undip Data Doctor Infographic Competition which was held in 2020,” said Astri.

“Know your worth. We are all valuable in the right environment. Find your own environment, create kindness, and take risks. Whatever we do, hopefully it will keep the integrity that comes from ourselves. The higher the tree, the stronger the wind. No matter how high the position, without integrity, a person will eventually fall,” she explained.

“Hopefully after graduating we can become useful people for the nation and country. Achieve the job that we want. Be a pioneer in goodness. Hopefully Undip becomes better and the branding is everywhere,” concluded Astri.