Cyntia was very impressed with several things in the lecture system in the United States, which according to her would be very good if applied in Indonesia. First; enactment of office hours (1-2 hours per week) allocated by professors or teaching assistance to provide opportunities for students who want to ask questions directly to the instructor about lessons or even non-academic matters. This system is very helpful for students who want to provide better performance in these courses or to simply know their professors more closely. Second, regulations related to plagiarism. According to him, serious handling of plagiarism can help to build the character of students to be more honest and creative. Third: the opportunity to apply lessons that have been received in class, which helps students to truly understand the lesson in full and benefit from what he has learned in class.
The Sampoerna Academy boarding school system helps Cyntia learn and is used to living independently and responsibly. In addition, the school schedule and busy assignments also enhance Cyntia’s time management capabilities, which are very useful in their activities in America. In addition to attending chemical engineering classes, Cyntia also worked part-time as a tutor for several courses, following organizational activities (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers & PERMIAS).
While carrying out his studies at the University of Minnesota, Cyntia had time to undergo an internship period at PT Sandoz Indonesia where he handled the change control process, which was to ensure that any changes that occurred in the company were documented and controlled. Although somewhat different from the focus of the department, this internship activity adds insight and experience in the field of industrial engineering, for example how to maintain product quality.