“When I was in high school at NSA (Nation Star Academy), I was even able to do the equivalent of college exams, because things that are new to other kids, I have gotten at NSA.” -Theodora Jessica Matutina (Graduate from Social 1, NSA Senior High School)
(31/05/22) On May 20, 2022, NSA Senior High School held a graduation ceremony for grade 12 students. Among the many participants in the graduation ceremony, there were several students who had been and are currently struggling to enter State Universities.
One such person was Theodora Jessica Matutina, or more familiarly known as JM. JM is the first student to graduate in 2021-2022 who has successfully passed the State University SNMPTN. She enrolled at the State University of Sam Ratulangi Manado, to follow her family who moved to the city. With the passion and effort she put in, as well as the support from NSA Senior High School, JM managed to achieve the goals she wanted. JM stated that during her time at NSA, she learned many things that might be uncommon at other schools. One of those things was accounting.
“At NSA, I was also taught about accounting, which is the major I choose at the university. So, I find it very helpful, because at NSA accounting lesson had been given since I was in grade 10. Meanwhile in other schools, accounting lessons are only taught when they are in grade 12. So, the knowledge I received about accounting was earlier than other kids.”
She has had the desire to join a State University since she was in grade 10. So, since grade 10, she had set a high standard of grades so her goal to admit at State University would be achieved. For her, studying at NSA was a place where learning was like a combo package for her future.
“In NSA, we used English as the primary language. So, I became more confident in using English. Because there will be an English test as one of the considerations for new student admissions to PTN. Not only English, but all the lessons at NSA were very helpful. When I was in high school at NSA, I could even do the equivalent of college questions, because things that are new to other kids, I have gotten at NSA.”
The main focus for JM to achieve the target of joining college was always trying to get good grades, and always participating in many competitions. For JM the achievements from the competitions helped her in the SNMPTN selection stage. JM also said that NSA facilitated her to participate in various competitions.
JM gave a personal message for NSA High School students who want to join State Universities: “Always have a standard for yourself when you have goals that you want to achieve. For instance, at least get a score of 80, try to increase your value graph, or participate in more competitions and increase achievements, because from there you can improve yourselves. There are so many ways to get into state universities. The point is…that we must not give up or get bored, we must remain consistent to achieve what we want.”
Cheer up and keep fighting for your dreams, JM! We will always pray for your success.
Theodora Jessica Matutina (NSA Senior High School’s graduate, enrolled at the State University of Sam Ratulangi Manado)
“For me, studying at NSA was a place where learning was like a combo package. I was even able to do the equivalent of college exams, because things that are new to other kids, I have gotten at NSA.”