Asean’s Best Private University Student, Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia, Vina Qurrota Akyuningrum Brings Sapardi Djoko Damono’s Poem, Amazes The United States Public

Vina Qurrota Akyuningrum, Student of ASEAN’s Best Private University, Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia has anesthetized the United States public who attended the cultural night in the campus hall of the University of Central Missouri, United States, some time ago.

In that cultural night, Vina in traditional clothes, a student of the English Education Study Program, Faculty of Arts and Education, Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia, read a poem by Sapardi Djoko Damono entitled “Good Morning Indonesia”.

In front of Vina that night, there were a number of local residents, students, and lecturers. This event aims to introduce the culture of other countries, especially the origin of students who are on exchange students at the University of Central Missouri, United States of America.

The following are verses of poetry read by a woman from West Lampung. Student of Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia, ASEAN’s Best Private University, Champion’s Green Campus.

“selamat pagi, Indonesia, seekor burung mungil mengangguk
dan menyanyi kecil buatmu.
aku pun sudah selesai, tinggal mengenakan sepatu,
dan kemudian pergi untuk mewujudkan setiaku padamu dalam
kerja yang sederhana;
bibirku tak biasa mengucapkan kata-kata yang sukar dan
tanganku terlalu kurus untuk mengacu terkepal.
selalu kujumpai kau di wajah anak-anak sekolah,
di mata para perempuan yang sabar,
di telapak tangan yang membatu para pekerja jalanan;
kami telah bersahabat dengan kenyataan
untuk diam-diam mencintaimu.
pada suatu hari tentu kukerjakan sesuatu
agar tak sia-sia kau melahirkanku.
seekor ayam jantan menegak, dan menjeritkan salam
padamu, kubayangkan sehelai bendera berkibar di sayapnya.
aku pun pergi bekerja, menaklukkan kejemuan,
merubuhkan kesangsian,
dan menyusun batu-demi batu ketabahan, benteng
kemerdekaan pada setiap matahari terbit, o anak jaman
yang megah,
biarkan aku memandang ke Timur untuk mengenangmu
wajah-wajah yang penuh anak-anak sekolah berkilat,
para perempuan menyalakan api,
dan di telapak tangan para lelaki yang tabah
telah hancur kristal-kristal dusta, khianat dan pura-pura.
selamat pagi, Indonesia, seekor burung kecil
memberi salam kepada si anak kecil;
terasa benar: aku tak lain milikmu”.

Applause erupted after Vina finished the last stanza of Sapardi’s poem on a cultural night in the hall of the University of Central Missouri, United States of America. Vina then paid her respects to the audience. Vina enjoyed the solemnity of the night. Vina successfully introduced Indonesian poetry to the world audience.

The usual Vina always gives her best for the newly presented appearance. No wonder because Vina is one of the outstanding students of ASEAN’s Best Private University, Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia.

His achievements are: recipients of global student exchange scholarships for UGRAD United States – 2021/2022, 1st place in PHNC 2021 English speech, 1st place in English Festival 2021 English speech, 2020 Indonesian Youth Jamboree Lampung Delegation, Winner of Best Costume for Language Ambassador Lampung Province 2020, Youth Ambassador of Lampung Province 2020, Winner of the 2019 KBPL Pantun Replying Competition, 2nd Place for EPA Lampung 2019 English Speech.

Vice Rector of Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia Dr. H. Mahathir Muhammad, SE,. MM, happy with Vina’s appearance that night. Mahathir was happy that the best student was able to bring the good name of the Indonesian nation in terms of culture.

Mahathir gave him high appreciation. Mahathir wants Vina to continue to have a positive effect on the good name of Indonesia, Lampung, and the alma mater of Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia to the international community.

Vina Qurrota Akyuningrum, a student Universitas Teknokrat Indonesia, the Best private university in ASEAN, was selected as one of eleven students from Indonesia who participated in the international student exchange. Vina is the only representative from Sumatra Island, Indonesia in the United States U-Grad Indonesia Global Student Exchange.