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Name: Ernst Thirza Labdawara
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Dec 8, 2021
Undergraduate / Fighting Ageism by Being Open and Being Bold - NTU Undergraduate Scholaship Essay [4]

Prompt:

Describe, in less than 300 words, the values and beliefs you hold strongly to.


Please Provide Examples Of How You Have Demonstrated These In Your Actions.


Essay:
My heart once shattered when my uncle argued with his daughter, "She is a child, so she must obey," referring to my 16-year-old cousin. Even worse, they were talking about house moving, which, in my defense, is a crucial thing to be discussed by every family member. Then, I contemplated and realized "why does age discrimination get so normalized in my country?" Whatever the reason, I vow to always be open to voices regardless of age.

I have attended two Indonesian public high schools, junior and senior, and one thing that those institutions share in common is seniority. This habit is exemplified within the intra-school organizations and clubs, which I joined nonetheless. It is not that I am a hypocrite, but I have a goal to deter the seniority in them. As a first-year, I strived to opine until I got heard, and as a senior, I blatantly encouraged my juniors to share their views. Personally, I hope that the gestures I made alleviated the juniors' fear of not being heard because the seniors valued their opinions.

With this kind of stance, however, one cannot deny that there were several disputes that occurred. One of which was my high school seniors talking about how daring I was, acknowledging that I was (supposed to be) inferior to them. Nevertheless, I still kept my head up because I knew that it was my right to state my views, and it was my way of fighting ageism.

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