“Sekolah Ciputra offers a balance of academics and non-academics growth for students. My time at Sekolah Ciputra was very memorable.”

CLAUDIA KENNIE
GRADUATED: 2016

1. How long were you in Sekolah Ciputra? Starting from what grade until what grade?
16 years, starting from kindergarten until grade 12.

2. After graduating from Sekolah Ciputra, where do you study? What is your major?
The University of Melbourne, majoring in Actuarial Science and Management.

3. What did you do after graduating from university?
I did an internship as a Financial Consultant.

4. What is your current occupation?
I work as a Merger and Acquisition Analyst (Financial Modelling and Valuations) at Sinarmas Mining in Jakarta.

5. What are some challenges that you faced as a Merger and Acquisition Analyst? How do you overcome it?
-Being able to quickly understand the industry or business model of each company. I overcame them by meeting relevant people in the company or other people in the same industry to get a more complete picture of the situation.
-Being able to identify the value of the deal. I overcome this by creating a realistic model for valuations and creatively exploring potential synergies.

6. What was the biggest challenge of moving to a new city?
After living abroad, settling in Jakarta is no longer a significant challenge. The challenge lies more in working in the corporate sector, where I am demanded to hustle more and step out of my comfort zone, especially since the competition here is tight.

7. What do you enjoy most about your new environment?
Certainly, there is more entertainment here in Jakarta, as it is a bigger city compared to Surabaya.

8. In what way did Sekolah Ciputra contribute to your job right now?
Sekolah Ciputra trained me not to be limited by textbooks but to independently think and seek information strategically. This enables me to think actively outside the box and to take initiatives that are not restricted by what is already available.

9. What was the best thing about Sekolah Ciputra? Tell us something memorable from your time at Sekolah Ciputra
The most valuable thing about Sekolah Ciputra is that it provided the opportunity and space for me to develop my capacity and talents. Sekolah Ciputra facilitated olympiades like the Australian Mathematics Competition and Canadian Senior and Intermediate Mathematics Contests that helped me assess my abilities compared to my peers. Beyond academics, it provided many platforms for me to develop essential life skills such as OSIS, school productions, school ensemble, basketball team, and community and service activities. My time at Sekolah Ciputra was very memorable, and it was one of the best phases of my life. There are too many memories to recount individually, but they are always cherished.

10. What advice would you give to a graduating student?
University lasts for only four years, but those four years have the power to determine your future career. Even if given the freedom to live far from your parents, always keep in mind your responsibilities. Your future livelihood hinges on the decisions you make.

11. Would you recommend Sekolah Ciputra to others? If yes, what would you say about it?
Definitely. Sekolah Ciputra offers a balance of academics and non-academics growth for students.

12. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love to play sports: golf, tennis; I also enjoy spending time with my loved ones.

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