Part 1: ISI and Hello America!

Posted: 15-09-2014 | Written By: Wara Uwarsi
Category: Arryman Fellows

Some people say that home is where the heart is. It is not just about the sense of belonging to a place or a person, but also following our bliss, doing what we like. Sometimes, “walking home” involves moving to another country, adopting a new culture, and speaking a foreign language. This process would be easier if we had a guide and a friend to accompany us in this journey.

Perhaps this is the primary role of the International Summer Institute (ISI); not only to ease the transition of international students to life in the United States, but also to help them feel that they belong in their new home.


The 2014 International Summer Institute Program

Posted: 11-09-2014 | Written By: Sabina Puspita
Category: Arryman Fellows

Before the Fall Quarter of 2014/2015 academic year kicks off, EDGS signed me up to attend a full four-week program organized by Northwestern University’s International Summer Institute (ISI) from July 28 to September 4. The program was filled with both serious and fun activities for effective North American English learning, and moreover, adapting to U.S. culture and academic standards. This year’s instruction was rather special because it not only consisted of the most fun cohort of 46 international graduate students, but also marked the 15th anniversary of ISI. 

Perhaps it was part of ISI’s tradition to divide the program into 5 main sessions: English Class InstructionPracticaLearn-By-Doing WorkshopSocial Events,and Integration Conference. The following points were based on my personal experience with ISI.  


A Tidbit of American Politics

Posted: 11-09-2014 | Written By: Sabina Puspita
Category: Arryman Fellows

During the period of my one-month commitment with the International Summer Institute’s series of academic English programs, I had a wonderful experience attending an event to meet and greet one of Illinois’ state representatives. Together with colleagues, Yoes from Indonesia and Yi-Shu from Mainland China (PhD candidate in Statistics), we went to a wine store near the Jarvis CTA station, simply 15 minutes away from campus by train. The following post will comment on the organizer, activity, and my post-event reflection based on my field observation.

Intensive English Learning

Posted: 10-09-2014 | Written By: Sabina Puspita
Category: Arryman Fellows

Still within the spectrum of fascination, I would like to discuss one of the many programs and facilities that Northwestern University (NU) offers its students for academic trouble-shooting. Help is always available as long as we go and ask for it. The brief account of my recent activities in the following paragraphs serves to give a clearer picture.

IFTAR IN THE SYNAGOGUE: Shared Community, Shared Responsibility, and Shared Dinner

Posted: 06-09-2014 | Written By: Wara Uwarsi
Category: Arryman Fellows

When Hamas militants and Israel were exchanging rocket fire and airstrikes on Thursday, 17th of July, the Muslim and Jewish communities in Chicago were busy sharing their prayers and meals.

A Journey to the Beginning

Posted: 06-09-2014 | Written By: Wara Uwarsi
Category: Arryman Fellows

It was two weeks ago when I started to pack my stuff for a journey to the United States. My mind was filled with various thoughts, a mix of excitement, thrill, joy and anxiety. It was very similar to the atmosphere in Indonesia at that time, in which people were drawn into a political twister of presidential campaigns, the euphoria of World Cup and the start of Ramadhan. However, I was ready to put aside all those matters for a while, to depart to the U.S. and to start my one-year fellowship program.

English Short Course for the 2014 Arryman Fellows

Posted: 28-08-2014 | Written By: Yoes Kenawas
Category: Arryman Fellows

English short course for the 2014 Arryman Fellows offers an interesting way to adapt with the local culture. 

The Arryman's Summer

Posted: 23-08-2014 | Written By: Rahardhika Utama
Category: Arryman Fellows

I feel that I am a particularly lucky student to have a chance to be an Arryman Fellow. The Arryman Fellowship that has enabled me to attend Northwestern University is a well-designed program to prepare me to be a full time graduate student.  People might say that the first months living in the United States to start in higher education is a challenging experience, but I would say that I have a different story.


2013 Arryman Fellows Papers

Posted: 05-08-2014 | Written By: ISRSF
Category: berita

  • Luthfi Adam - Transformation of Dress and National Subject Formation of the Indonesian Commoners in the Colonial Period
  • Muhammad Fajar - The Durability of Sub-National Political Leaders in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia
  • Najmu Laila Sopian - Power Struggle Over Land: Decentralization, Land Tenure Security, and the Rule of Law in Indonesia
  • Rahardhika Utama - How Bureaucracy Affects Inequality: The Case of Post-Authoritarian Indonesia

Run for Walk Race

Posted: 01-08-2014 | Written By: Sabina Puspita
Category: Arryman Fellows

On Sunday, July 27, I joined the 3rd Run For Walk Race organized by Northwestern University (NU). The race was a 4.1mile (approximately 6.6kilometers) run starting from Ryan Field or NU’s grand football stadium, then along the campus’ lake and Sports Pavilion and Aquatics Center (SPAC), and back again to Ryan Field.