“Sekolah Ciputra was a great foundation for me, where I met people that led me to where I am now.”

GABRIELLE ANGELICA SANTOSO
GRADUATED: 2018

1. After graduating from Sekolah Ciputra, where do you study? What is your major?
– Associate Degree: De Anza College and my major is Environmental Studies.
– Bachelor Degree: University of California, Berkeley and my major is Environmental Studies.

2. What did you do after graduating from university?
After graduating from university, I wanted to seek a new experience by working in the US.

3. What is your current occupation? Please share an overview
I work as a Fermentation Technician II at IFF, Palo Alto, US. As a fermentation technician, I work on several research developments on products benefiting from enzymes; starting from yeast, plant based foods to laundry detergent, dish wash soap and et cetera.

4. As a fermentation technician, what are the challenges? How do you overcome it?
Since enzymes and bacteria are living organisms, the major challenge is them being unpredictable. It needs a lot of patience. One of the things I do to overcome those challenges is to be consistent and just enjoy what I do.

5. What was the biggest challenge of moving to a new country?
Being far away from family, my dogs and Indonesian foods. 

6. What do you enjoy most about your new environment?
It’s something new, so there is a lot of room for exciting things and growth.

7. In what way did Sekolah Ciputra contribute to your job right now?
Studying at Sekolah Ciputra was like a head start for me. There were many things that I learned in Sekolah Ciputra that were useful that led me to an easier job hunt in the US. Aside from that, early exposure to the lab also helped me familiarize with my workplace better.

8. What was the best thing about Sekolah Ciputra? Tell us something memorable from your time at Sekolah Ciputra
The best thing about Sekolah Ciputra is the community; friends that I can get along with. The most memorable time in Sekolah Ciputra was the year 11 camp where we went to hike Mt. Ijen and snorkeled in Menjangan Island.

9. What advice would you give to a graduating student?
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition; they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

10. Would you recommend Sekolah Ciputra to others? If yes, what would you say about it?
Yes. Sekolah Ciputra was a great foundation for me, where I met people that led me to where I am now.

11. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Hanging out with my dog and golfing.

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