Dear Zul, Engineering Is Hard; Why Took It?


Yogyakarta, July 8th, 2019

Dear Zul, 

I cannot help but paying attention to your seemingly endless campus activities and the MUN-related ones. How amazing, I thought, for being able to do almost everything simultaneously. Which brings us to question number one, why you took it? I've had several friends who studied (and are still studying) engineering and I cannot fathom the reason why especially when they're still able to involve and immerse themselves in the environment outside the campus; which brings us to question number two, how you do it?

I was never really fond of engineering, despite the fact that my dad is one. Given the fact that physics was never my cup of tea, regardless of how many classes I took when I was still at school. Understanding how things break or fail and try again to find the perfect formulation to make things work seem cool, yes, but to be involved in the process of it, of making and breaking things, I don't think anyone -just anyone- can do that. But then again, I thought, most people will have the same question to doctors or other people working in different fields because when you're not in it, you won't understand it. The thing is that, about being/becoming a doctor is clear to me, the reasons why seem clearer, you know? Helping sick people recover, prevent healthy people from being sick. On the other hand, engineering, why?

As a human being, I know that we're always in the search for something greater than us. Be it passion, purpose, etc. I just hope that despite all the things that made us who we are today, things that help us chosen the career path we want to pursue, we're always in the right state of niyyah. Like what is mentioned by Bukhari & Muslim, "On the authority of Amirul Mu'Minin, Abu Hafs 'umar bin al-Khattab (RA) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah SWT say: "Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly things he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated." -- may everything we do is based on the intention to please Allah, insha'Allah.

This letter is a collection of my curiosity, hence the questions. I just hope you will continue doing things that you do, like spreading your knowledge either about your environmental engineering skill by taking a short course in Japan or dwell yourself in research at the campus to broaden your horizon and contribute more to science, semangat!

Best,
Zhifa





3 Comments

  1. This is the sweetest anyone could do these days. Thank you so much Mba ku!

    I choose environmental engineering as my major was actually because of my curious and I was trying to play the world safely. I thought by doing it, I would have a bigger chance in the future to get a job with a good salary. But U was totally wrong. So now I kind of am struggling to manage between the things I like and the things I am obligated to pursue. But hey, I guess it’s one of the challenges in order to make my uni days less mainstream, just like you! You’re a medical student but you have plenty of time to be shared for others and achievements aside from your medical student life. You have inspired many people around you including me! I hope our plans would go as smooth as we planned it. If not, certainly Allah has something better for his beloved little creatures


    -Zul

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  2. This is the sweetest anyone could do these days. Thank you so much Mba ku!

    I chose environmental engineering as my major was m because of my curiosity and I was trying to play around safely. I thought by doing it, I would have a bigger chance in the future to get a job with a good salary. But U was totally wrong. So now I kind of am struggling to manage between the things I like and the things I am obligated to pursue. But hey, I guess it’s one of the challenges in order to make my uni days less mainstream, just like you! You’re a medical student but you have plenty of time to be shared for others and achievements aside from your medical student life. You have inspired many people around you including me! I hope our plans would go as smooth as we planned it. If not, certainly Allah has something better for his beloved little creatures


    -Zul

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    1. Aw thank you Zul for the kind comment! Semangat yaaaa pokoknya, let’s have a dinner together sometime when I’m in town! Until then, take care x

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