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Alethea
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Alethea
Alethea C. W. Pramesthi
French Language Coordinator

Summary

Alethea is currently a student of International Relations at Universitas Gadjah Mada and a former student of The Paris Institute of Political Studies, popularly known as Sciences Po. In 2017, she had a part-time work as lecturer assistant for European Government and Politics class in her department. Aside from being a French language coordinator in Polyglot Indonesia chapter Yogyakarta, Alethea and her colleagues are in the process of establishing an alumni network for Sciences Po students. Interest-wise, she likes meeting new people and attending cultural events, as well as engaging in conversations on Western philosophy and politics. Despite her internationally-focused background, she still considers herself very much a Javanese at heart and converses occasionally in Basa Jawa with her parents who currently live in Surakarta. Her short-term goals are to learn Russian, Spanish, to improve her Dutch and high-Javanese, and to apply mindfulness in her day-to-day life.

Motivation

Alethea joined Polyglot Indonesia because she is looking for a community where she can find people who share the same passion for language and learn together with them. On language-learning itself, she was particularly interested in how languages can widen one’s perspective and reality in life during the time she studied the philosophy of language by A.J. Ayer and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Her polyglot grandfather whom she admires is also an inspiration for her to learn how to speak several languages, especially since he gave her her name, "Alethea/ἀλήθεα", which is a Greek word for "truth". Eventually, her love for languages grew upon the realisation that interacting with a person using their languages could increase the quality of the communication and understanding of their point of view.

Biography

Alethea was born in Pontianak, raised in Samarinda, spent her early adolescent period in Yogyakarta, and finally her ‘coming-of-age’ period going back-and-forth between Europe and Indonesia. Her relatives mainly live in Yogyakarta and Surakarta; both of which are Indonesian cities that still strongly uphold their Javanese heritages, including the language and the mannerisms (tata krama). Although she did not grow up in Java, she was still raised and thus heavily influenced by many Javanese-European values coming from her grandparents. Notably was her grandfather; the other polyglot in the family who worked as a university professor, translator, language teacher and a priest. His proficiency in Javanese (all levels), Dutch, German, English, French, Hebrew, and Greek aside from Bahasa Indonesia has inspired her to follow his footsteps. In 2015, Alethea finished her A-Level Diploma concentrating on Psychology and Philosophy at EF Academy Oxford, United Kingdom; hence her strong preference for British spellings. It was also around the time she started taking more serious interest in learning French and Latin whilst polishing her English. Shortly after receiving her degree, she returned to Indonesia and got a place at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) to study International Relations. Throughout her career as a student at UGM, she had been a finalist for the BBC Future Journalist Awards in 2015 and later that year she presented her paper on cultural identity in the face of globalisation. In 2017, she had been elected a president of a faculty-level student community called SIPAL (Sociedad Indonesia para America Latina), focusing on the study of Latin American politics, languages and cultures. Halfway throughout her adminstrative period, however, she had to leave the position to her vice president when she gained a place to study as an exchange student at Sciences Po Paris, France. For one semester, her study was concentrated on European security issues and French politics. In her spare time, she learnt more about diplomatic practices through her participation in Junior Diplomat Initiative in France (JDI France). In 2016, she was chosen to attend World Culture Forum in Nusa Dua, Bali, during which Bali Declaration was agreed on to strengthen the commitments of UNESCO Member States regarding cultural preservation efforts.

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