Likes Foreign Languages, Ni Made Dwi Marta Jelia Gets Various Awards  

First time participating in the Online Summer Program from Nanchang University and getting the First Grand Prize Award in the Chinese Character Writing Contest and winning 3rd Place in the Shoudo category at the Nikeba Matsuri #2

Written by: Ni Made Dwi Marta Jelia (Instagram: ilyluth__)

    2020 Chinese Language and Culture Summer Program of Nanchang University is an annual program implemented by Nanchang University. In the previous year the Summer Camp activities were carried out directly in China, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic this activity was carried out online. In the Summer Program, participants will be presented with lectures and practices of Chinese culture, such as Chinese tea culture and tea ceremony, Chinese painting and famous painters, Chinese food and the making of simple Chinese dishes, traditional costumes, travel in China, and so on. In this article, I am Ni Made Dwi Marta Jelia, a 4th semester student of S1 Japanese Literature at Udayana University, I will share my experiences during my time in this program and won the First Grand Prize Award in the Chinese Chinese Character Writing Contest.

    This activity is my first experience, I have tried several times to participate in similar activities but I gave up because of many factors that made me less confident. However, because of my love for foreign languages, I finally tried to register for this program. In this summer program, I was required to choose 8 courses from 13 courses and participate in 1 activity from 4 activities that have been prepared. The courses I chose were Chinese Tea + Tea Ceremony, Chinese Tai Chi, Chinese Food (8 famous cuisine), Madarin and dialect + interesting dialect, China's Ethnic + Ethnic Costume Appreciation, Traditional Etiquette + Hanfu (Traditional Chinese Costume Appreciation), Charming Chinese city: Beijing, Studying in China and for the activity I chose the Chinese Character Writing Contest.

    This activity took place from July 20 and ended on September 1, 2020. During that time I was taught directly by a native speaker from Nanchang University and we were free to determine the schedule to complete all the courses and activities I had previously chosen. All activities are carried out through the DingTalk application. The language of instruction used in the class is English and thankfully I am fluent in English, so during class we did not have too much difficulty communicating, sometimes we also used Mandarin which was previously taught.

    For the writing contest I was given some examples of classical Chinese poetry, of course I chose the poem with the simplest hànzì. This contest was a new challenge for me, because I had never studied or made Chinese calligraphy like that before. I chose this activity because I think it is the most likely for me to learn in the shortest time. My teacher helped me by sending me a GIF file for the writing order of each hànzì which really helped my learning process.

  During the preparation for the contest I learned everything from internet and Youtube and to support the preparation, I bought some chinese ink, paper and brush. I encountered many difficulties because my hands were not used to calligraphy so my writing was very bad. I am also not very familiar with Chinese calligraphy writing and without the guidance of an experienced person it made the preparation process more difficult. But no matter how difficult it was, it was still very fun and unexpectedly I really enjoyed the whole process.

    When the activity took place I felt very lucky because I got a very good teacher. He also helped a lot in providing input for my writing. When I was collecting my works, I didn't really expect to win a prize, judging from the final result of my work, which I thought was far from good, I became quite pessimistic about the result. But my teacher always supports me and says that I will definitely get the best results according to my struggle so far. Well, it's undeniable that I actually hope to win this contest.

    It took some time for the results of all the activities to be announced and it made me quite nervous. When my teacher told me that I won the First Grand Prize I was quite surprised, because I didn't expect more from this contest. I feel very grateful because my hard work for about 1 month got satisfactory results. This is a very valuable experience for me because I can participate in international activities and even win in contests.

    After this activity, I again tried to take part in the competition held by the Japanese UKM Bali State Polytechnic with the title Nikeba Matsuri #2. During the preparation process, I was greatly helped by activities from learning shoudo which were initiated by the Unud Japanese Literature Art & Craft club. Here I was guided directly by Michiyo Sensei. He is a Japanese who currently resides in Bali and often teaches about shoudo. Through this activity I came to know the basics needed to do shoudo.

    When the D day of the race I was really nervous because I didn't have time to do much practice before, of course this made me very nervous. But I still tried my best even though my hands were shaking. While waiting for the results of the announcement I was not too hopeful because I felt I was very poorly prepared. Just when the announcement was made, it was thanks to God that I got 3rd place. This is my first champion in my history to take part in a competition, because I have never won a race before. Of course this is something I am very grateful for.

    As I participated in the Summer Program and the shoudo competition at Nikeba Matsuri #2 I became more aware that all things will be beautiful in their time and that words are not mere gibberish. If I previously stopped to continue participating in the race then I would not get what I got now. As long as we want to rise from failure then surely one day we will get the results of all the struggles we have done.

    Finally, I am very grateful to my teacher Zhào B?ng and also Nanchang University who has held an Online Summer Program activity, Michiyo Sensei who has given me very valuable knowledge about the art of shoudo, my senpai Gentha Rajasha who has been very helpful me during the preparation of the competition and always guide me. I hope I can continue to develop my skills in the art of Shoudo in particular.

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