Mas­ter­ing time man­age­ment

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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.

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