Fathiyya Ulfa, the second daughter of three children, all of whom were born in the city of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra. Growing up in a Minang family that is thick with wandering traditions, making Ulfa has aspired to travel around the world. Unlike his age at that time, who called all kinds of professions as a place to dedicate life later. Little Ulfa in his own way has drawn a map of his life’s purpose, becoming someone who really knows what he wants. For him, the purpose of life is to live that goal through action. When we dream of traveling around a giant globe, every small step must incise results that narrow the diameter of the earth that has not been traced.
Ulfa’s goals began to appear at the base of her journey when she occupied the high school where Ulfa was appointed as a student exchange participant to Trengganu, Malaysia in 2009. A series of life goals began to emerge two years later, when Ulfa became one of the SNMPTN participants passed the Department of Geography at the University of Indonesia. This one goal then led him to become the chairman of the Geographic Mounteneering Club (GMC UI) in his department. Exploring mountains for mountains, valleys, beaches and caves along the island of Java for data needs has become common for this girl born in 1993. Geographic data surveys with supervisors have also made the goal trace even more real, and even managed to bring it to several countries in Asia. In his final year as a graduate student, a new trail led him to explore Cambodia by his and his selection as one of the speakers at the 2014 Southeast Asian Geographer Association (SEAGA) seminar.
The following year Ulfa enrolled as a master student in the Geoinformation and Spatial Planning for Disaster Risk Management University of Gajah Mada program which was funded by the Directorate of Higher Education under the Scholarship Scheme. Once again, the purpose of life is to live that goal with action. Without ever dreaming of joining in departing as one of the double degree candidates to the University of Twente with the Ministry of Education and Culture BPKLN Scholarship which will depart with Lufti Gita Iriani in the middle of April. What he did was to solidify himself as one of the departing, because Ulfa believed “I am none to be choosen in a dream, but I am there real alive”, so he began to race against time to hunt for language skills and all other requirements, and believes that nothing to lose. Taking concentration in the field of geoinformation, he was sure that he and his knowledge would spread the benefits later after returning to the country.