Interview with Dhiya Nadira, Author of A Letter From A Girl From The Other Side
I was born and raise in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta. It is the biggest city with nine million of population (slightly bigger than NYC). Since I was little, I'm interested in both medical studies and international relations. I enjoy writing in a form of things that I experienced or what I think. I haven't been involved in any publishing yet, but I hope to be able to do in the near future, especially with this exchange year experience. I've kept my writings personal or sometimes just post it in my social medias and blog. I enjoy talking and meeting to new people, which I get the chance to do it a lot this year. I had the chance to do these two passion since I was 10, I gave presentations about health awareness in schools and fellow friends in national scale, I was a teen ambassador for my city's tourism (Kidzania 2009, an educational theme park and None Jakarta Remaja 2011). And now, I'm a part of Kennedy-Lugar YES Scholarship funded by U.S. Department of State to be an exchange student for a year. Other than that, I also enjoy listening and playing music and spending time with my friends and family. "
A part of interesting situations are learning to adapt with how the concepts and customs are used in daily lives here. Nevertheless, I do still hold on to my values, principles, and beliefs that have been a part of me. What I've learnt over the past 17 years, what I've been taught, but most importantly what I think [is] right. And My host-family has also provided me the chance to keep practicing my religion, including the cultural big holidays. I was also able to share these values with people around me, my friends and family, so that we learn from each other."
To learn more about Dhiya Nadira, A Letter From A Girl From The Other Side, and her writing, join us at the release of The First Edition of Pufferfish Magazine, in which she is featured, Saturday, April 30th at 310 E. Washington St. (see Facebook event for more details)