Story of mine to approach KAUST is summarized here (written in Indonesian). KAUST stands for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology located in City of Thuwal, Mecca Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Living in KAUST is just like living in a “country” inside of country where it has its own rule for not strictly applying conservative Islamic laws that Kingdom does. There are only 2 sites in which they have their own “life and rule” in Kingdom those are Aramco and KAUST since there are so many expats work and live here. I reached KAUST at 13 August 2015 to pursue my PhD in Earth Science and Engineering in Energy GeoEngineering Laboratory (EGEL) of KAUST’s Upstream Petroleum Engineering Research Center (UPERC) under supervision of Dr. J Carlos Santamarina. Bismillah (In the name of Allah), hope to have a nice PhD life and after then.