She graces the halls of campus with her charisma, independence, and charm. Wherever you go, you would definitely catch her swift presence. She's probably the most active girl I've ever had the pleasure to meet, and it's honestly contagious! Talking with her makes you want to go out and explore the world all in one day. She's none other than Camilia Salsabila. A senior of mine in college, she has just recently graduated and luckily I got a chance to talk to her before she takes Tokyo by storm.
Tell us about yourself and what you’re working on now
Hi I’m Camilia, I’m 21 years old and I'm currently working in a British recruitment consulting company in Tokyo. I was (and still am actually) a student in APU, majoring in IR. I’m a Pisces, and according to the Myers Briggs personality test I’m an ESTJ (Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging).
Currently I’m still a leader for IRSA (International Relations Students Association) and for now I’m just wrapping up the things I’ve been doing in APU. I’m focusing on opening up a new chapter in Tokyo. I love how no one knows me there and I can start fresh without having to fit people’s expectations.
What did you focused on during your time in APU?
I was a sub leader for RA in Spring 2015, and I was a Teaching Assistant for 2 years. I was also a camp leader for Kumon for 3 years, and I’m the president of IRSA.
You sound like one busy girl! What motivates or drives you to pursue all this?
I was never afraid to put the sky as the limit. I made this quote to always aim for the best because when you fall you’re still in a better place than where you were before. I build my confidence by setting a goal but rather than focusing on whether or not I’ll successfully achieve it, I would rather focus on the process and what I can learn from it.
How do you deal with failure?
Don’t be afraid of trying or of what might happen, you can always learn from failure and remember that time will always heal. Even if you fail today, you might succeed tomorrow. So keep trying and look to open new doors. You might be surprised of what you can achieve. In a way failure sometimes might lead you to success.
Do you have any advice for those of us who wants to achieve more in our lives?
Don't let other people’s words drag you down because you are unique in your own way. Just be yourself, yet don't get satisfied easily because there are still more room for you to grow outside of your comfort zone.
Your own interpretation of success is more important that everyone else’s so don’t let other people’s comments or opinions discourage you.
Lastly, always focus on the process not the end goal x
Interviewed & written by: Bella Utami