Ayah Bunda Scholarship

ABS alias Ayah Bunda Scholarship adalah bercandaanku setiap ditanya “sponsornya dari mana?” Berada di tengah-tengah puluhan orang awardee beasiswa LPDP, kadang pertanyaannya langsung “anak PK berapa?” Supaya ngga awkward, aku suka menjawab “ngga LPDP nih, anak ABS..”

Orang-orang kadang beranggapan bahwa anak-anak ABS itu hidupnya mewah dan carefree. Some of them (some of us, to be exact) do. But the rest (including me) is just thankful enough to be able to study abroad and try really hard not to spend too much money in living cost. Kalau mahasiswa lain yang dibiayai oleh sponsor biasanya mendapat living allowance per bulannya £800-£1000. Aku cukup strict di budget bulanan yang aku tentukan sendiri: akomodasi £412, biaya hidup £200 plus minus 10%, dan £50 untuk ditabung supaya bisa jalan-jalan saat break. In total, secara keseluruhan kurang dari £700 which means i don’t have a budget that exceeds the amount of allowance that those who hold a scholarship get.

Jadi, persepsi orang tentang anak ABS yang suka belanja itu kurang tepat, or at least ngga bisa digeneralisasi. After all, semua kembali ke pribadi masing-masing. In my case, i’m trying to manage my money as efficient as possible. Malah kalau bisa, dapat uang tambahan hehehe 😀

♥ Atiqah Zulfa Nadia

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