Study in the USA

2 generations of an Indonesian family went to North Dakota State University


Indonesia native Susilo Poromarto didn’t look at a map when he picked North Dakota State University to further his education.

Susilo says he selected the university based on its academic reputation, and earned a master’s degree from NDSU in 1997 in plant pathology.

He then pledged to bring his two children to the United States to make sure they got a quality education.

“He saved every penny to get the kids over here so they could get a good education,” said Dennis Kooren of Fargo, a close family friend.

This week, Susilo will watch his oldest daughter, Adlina Paramarta, graduate from NDSU and address her class as the commencement speaker.

It took Adlina 3½ years to earn her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a 3.99 grade point average.

Adlina, 20, plans to pursue a graduate degree at NDSU in coatings and polymeric materials starting in January.

Kevin McCaul, dean of science and math, nominated Adlina to be the commencement speaker.

In a letter of support, McCaul wrote that Adlina is engaged on campus, through her involvement with the college ambassadors program, spending hours doing undergraduate research, and participation in many other activities.

She also had summer jobs working for Sherwin-Williams in Cleveland and IBM in San Jose.

Victoria Johnston Gelling, an associate professor of coatings and polymeric materials, said she signed up to attend graduation as soon as she heard Adlina was speaking.

“She has this huge personality in a very small package,” Johnston Gelling said.

Getting to the graduation stage has taken sacrifices from the family, which moved to Fargo in 2006.

Susilo, 50, is pursuing a Ph.D. from NDSU in plant pathology and his only income is his graduate assistantship.

Adlina and her brother, Dienul Paramarta, an NDSU sophomore studying computer science, worked part time during the school year and full time in the summers to pay their own tuition.

“We worked hard, not only in school, but also trying to be in school in terms of the economy, too,” Adlina said.

Their mother, Yuni Armawati, has lived apart from her husband and children in Indonesia at times to continue working to support the family.

Yuni is in Fargo now and will see her daughter graduate.

  • Inforum
  • 12/12/2011

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