Mar 27, 2012
Posted by Admin PSF

Arif was born in Malang on 19 February 1995 and left home to pursue his dream of becoming a petroleum engineer. Fortunately he was accepted in this faculty at West Virginia University. 
During his studies one of the obstacles he faced was the language barrier. But Arif quickly overcame this by practicing English with friends he made from around the world. Having studied at Sampoerna Academy made it easier for him to communicate in English as he was already familiar with the language.

Arif truly enjoyed the study atmosphere on campus where the professors are very open in answering a variety of questions from the students. Arif sees a US education as an investment to reach his dreams. The professors work hard to ensure that the investment made by the student and their parents are not in vain.

Prior to leaving for the US, Arif attended Sampoerna Academy, which required him to live in a dormitory. In his opinion it was a beneficial experience in shaping his character to be independent and responsible. Through this experience Arif is optimistic that Sampoerna Academy will shape future leaders that are exemplary. He also believes that the educational system in Indonesia will improve and produce graduates who are experts in their field.

With experience in interning at a number of reputable companies such as: PT HM Sampoerna, EF Education First Jakarta, and Saka Energy; Arif has his own definition of leadership. He believes everyone can be a leader, whether leading yourself or a group. A leader will always be followed and have the ability to make those around him feel safe. One of Arif’s favorite quotes is from Don Corleone of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: “keep your friends close but your enemies closer”. Arif prefers to enjoy and make the most of the present rather than regretting mistakes of the past. Mistakes are meant to be a lesson so that they are not repeated again in the future. Arif who loves the snow is not afraid of failure, ‘”Just live your life today, enjoy it. Don’t plan it like you know it because the master plan is not yours”.