Untar student, Helen Oktavia, received an invitation to meet President Joko Widodo, on Thursday (22/6) at the Istana Negara Jakarta. The Faculty of Communication student was regarded as a youth with inspiring social media content. This resulted in her meeting President Joko Widodo, along with other selected social media enthusiasts.
Helen who was once active in the Faculty of Communication Executive Student Board and Oranye (the Faculty of Communication students press), often writes issues concerning the condition of the country on social media. According to her, this is a way to offer positive inputs to the government.
“At first I was hessitant. However, after confirming with the Presidents staff, they informed me that I was considered as an active and critical netizen. And this leads President Jokowi to inviting me for a discussion. Then I am convinced,” stated Helen that claims to be active in writing and observing the perfomance and policies of the government since 2012.
At the gathering, the President asks the social media enthusiasts to help spread the values of optimism and tolerance to the public, especially to the younger generation, reminding them to keep up their creativity and avoid writing or spreading something that results in the disunity and hatred on social media.
The Faculty of Communication student who once worked as an intern at the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, appraises Joko Widodo as a friendly person. Helen describes the moment when the President enters the room and goes around the room greeting the guests one by one with kind hospitality. “I spontaneously blurted out Happy Birthday to Mr. President. He then smiled and said thank you,” she recalled. This invitation also gives fond memories, as the President rewarded Helen with a bicycle for providing him with a good suggestion.
Facebook user Helen Oktavia Theresia admits that the atmosphere in the Faculty of Communication encourages her to have an open mind and awareness to the community. Discussions with lecturers, friends and seniors concerning various issues and topics that exist in the community, really helps broaden her horizon which she then puts into writings. “A man can be as smart as he is, but if he does not write, he will not be visible in the community and will be lost from history. Writing is a work of eternity,” quoted Helen from the famous litterateur Pramoedya Ananta Toer. According to her, students in the communication studies must be close to the community and must be able to give a positive contribution to the nation. (GS/Nat)