Mertina Rakhmawaty, Indonesia. Full-Time MBA Class of 2022
Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities
Receiving a full-time MBA sponsorship by Bank Mandiri, awarded as a high performance top 4 in a row, chosen as one of Bank Mandiri Culture Squads (Culture Change Agent) in 2018. Pertaining to my passion in entrepreneurship, I participated as a seller in the 19th Jakarta International Handicraft Trade Fair in 2017
What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?
I encountered a unique childhood experience. I grew up as a kid who was forced to adapt to many new things as my father, who was working in the army, frequently moved from one place to another place, from one island to different islands in my country. Not only was I forced to adapt to those places that I lived temporarily had, but I was also forced to meet many new people in a short period since I should transfer my school from one place to another place following where my father was assigned to work. One of the unforgettable memories that I will always remember is every time I did the local language examinations. As my country is culturally and linguistically rich, I should face different local languages anytime I moved to a new place which means also moving to a new school; and this experience happened like a momentum because it occurred once every three years. I could not control my nervousness anytime that exam came and what made it worse was the local language examination was a part of the school curriculums. The circumstances of my nomadic life definitely have shaped me to be who I am today. Although in the past, I thought I could not stand those pressures, for now, I realize how special that experience was. Having been through the dynamic childhood and teen stages of my life, what came first as discomfort that often makes me so hard toward myself, I now understand how great the advantages I have carried thus far. I have become a person who always thrives on my goals and has self-reliance.
My childhood experiences, which were not easy for me, really influenced me until I grew up. The fear and the anxiety sometimes stroke in. Then, there was a milestone that happened in my life when I met my partners in my office. Through them, I learned about the real collaboration spirits which are reflected in daily life and professional careers. I started to open myself more to people around me. Having been surrounded by those people, I felt that everybody was supportive, helpful, and reliable. I could share my workload with them, address questions when necessary, also have some fun. Meeting those people has made me understand the meaning of a positive circle. They encouraged me to be the better version of myself and always support me in the tough times. Some of my partners who have been inspiring me until today graduated from ESADE. From them, the ESADE journey begins.
After hearing their stories about ESADE, my curiosity arouse. I did some research on the internet about ESADE. My goal back then was to accelerate myself and to equip myself with more experience in the global business. I also wanted to improve myself by understanding people’s unique excellence. The more I dig in more information, the more I got better ideas that everyone has their strengths. I was trying to also do a self-reflection. I consider myself as a person who is always positive in most situations because I believe that what is positively sowed will fruit positively. However, not every one of us is brave enough to have the confidence to show the world our true colors.
Thinking about this further always brings me to what my mother taught me. She said to me that if I want to make others happy, I should feel contented first then I would have enough to give others. Also, she told me to trust the process. When we see things positively, the universe will align with us. Now, as I am in ESADE and I have met a lot of new people from diverse backgrounds and skills, I am more convinced and agree with the idea that everyone is a gem. What I think everyone should do is sharing positivity and encouragement in every situation because this is the key to peace and harmony. By having high self-reliance, we could change what seems impossible to be possible