Mastering time management
YEE Yin Sinn has often been mistaken for a counsellor or even a young lecturer at many of Nilai University’s Open Days and other events. They are surprised to learn that the mature and well-spoken 21year-old is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) in Management at Nilai University (Nilai U).
“After working at so many events (she regularly volunteers at the university), I have learned how to speak to people of different ages. I definitely speak differently when conversing with parents as compared to speaking with schoolleavers,” she explains. Yee, from Malacca, says she regards her varsity experience as being more than just attending classes and burying her head in books.
“It is a great opportunity to learn many other things and to network. I have always been interested in event management and I always find the time to be actively involved in university events as well as being active in societies and clubs.”
Despite a heavy workload, Yee has made a conscious decision to be as active as possible on campus. “By having to juggle my studies and the various activities, I have learned efficient time management. I work as a student helper most weekends and on weekdays. I truly believe this ability to multitask and manage my time well will be very valuable in the working world,” she states.
“It isn’t just about earning some extra pocket money as these events are a great opportunity for me to widen my social network and to learn essential soft skills. It is great to be able to be involved in events such as the International Cultural Festival and Earth Hour.”
Yee believes her active participation in various university events led her to be elected to the Students’ Representative Council. Besides acting as treasurer for the chess club, she is also the founder and president of the DIY Club which encourages students to come up with creative and innovative eco-friendly events. “Why wait for a committee to plan events? We want to encourage a do-ityourself culture where students take the initiative. We are currently planning a recycling project for the university,” she says. With such an active lifestyle on campus, one would be forgiven for thinking that her grades would suffer. But Yee is currently maintaining a commendable CGPA of 3.64.
Nilai U was always the first choice for this former head prefect from SMK Canossa Convent, Malacca as she had heard plenty of good things about the campus and quality of the lecturers from her sister who is an Accounting and Finance degree graduate. Yee also plans to pursue a Masters of Business Administration at Nilai U as she believes that higher qualifications will help her secure her dream job.
“I love organising events and I am hoping to be involved in event management. I also hope to start my own business some day,” she says. Looking at her overflowing résumé, one wouldn’t bet against her achieving her dreams in the not too distant future.
Nilai U’s School of Business students have benefited from tie-ups with professional organisations such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) as they will get industry-recognised certification, relevant training and paper exemptions from professional examinations from these organisations.
Nilai U was always the first choice for former head prefect Yee Yin Sinn. She leads an active campus life and juggles activities and studies well.