There’s a course in the campus called KKN, an abbreviation of Kuliah Kerja Nyata. I have no idea what it’s called in English but it requires all students to go to rural areas in the province and stay for a month to “integrate with the society” and solve the problems that they may have according to the student’s capacity. It’s a required course worth 3 credits. The students are divided into a big group of twenty people who come from the many faculties in the university.
I’m going to a village in Subang with 21 others (luckily I’ve got three mates from my faculty!).
I shudder to think what kind of “integration with the society” I can contribute. Even the word “society” scares me. I can’t imagine waking up in the morning to do some “society integration” work for thirty days straight with people I barely know! Not that I’m lazy or anything, I’m just not sure with the dealing with all the people… and society.
Moreover, the rural areas have their own local customs which are, of course, good in the perspective of cultural studies, but I fear that there may be some things that I do everyday that is perhaps a violation of their norm without my knowing it, leading to gossips that go beneath my nose. Here’s hoping they don’t practice black magic there!
UPDATE (December 18, 2012)
Apparently KKN’s objective is to “learn from society,” so I infer that the mere observation on what the people in Subang do (I’m sent to a village called Jalupang in Subang) is enough. Students are also required to find alternative solutions to problems that the village may have. Hmm… observing and coming up with ideas, that doesn’t seem so bad!