Man­ag­ing col­lege life

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Take the ef­fort to keep the com­mon spa­ces tidy or clean up af­ter you have made a mess, wash your dishes af­ter ev­ery meal and clean the bath­room ev­ery once and again.

Not only will your house­mates re­spect you for your hard work, you will al­ways have a clean house to un­wind in af­ter a tir­ing day in col­lege.

Be­sides this, you need to be con­scious of how your ac­tions may of­fend or dis­turb your house­mates.

Rest­ing your feet on a chair, wear­ing your shoes on car­peted ar­eas, play­ing loud mu­sic late at night and con­stantly invit­ing friends over to your unit are some ac­tions that may not rest well with your house­mates.

Whether you are liv­ing with your par­ent’s sup­port or tak­ing a part- time job to fund your daily liv­ing ex­penses, col­lege life is the best op­por­tu­nity to learn to live on a bud­get.

With your lim­ited spend­ing power, you will need to be on top of your fi­nances and en­sure you have enough money to last you through­out the month.

Be­fore you even think about treat­ing your­self to a fancy meal or adding new items to your wardrobe, leave aside some money to cover your monthly ne­ces­si­ties such as rent, util­i­ties and gro­ceries.

Of course, any col­lege stu­dent will need to re­lax and oc­ca­sion­ally seek a lit­tle en­ter­tain­ment to get away from the stresses of as­sign­ments and stud­ies.

While there is noth­ing wrong in hav­ing a lit­tle fun from time to time, you must learn to al­lo­cate your time and pri­ori­tise be­tween so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and stud­ies.

Set­ting aside time to com­plete your course re­quire­ments and hav­ing ad­e­quate sleep are part of the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of your new­found free­dom. THE lat­est re­port by High Fliers Re­search ( an in­de­pen­dent mar­ket re­search com­pany that spe­cialises in stu­dent and grad­u­ate re­search) showed that Not­ting­ham has come se­cond, for the se­cond time in a row, in the list of univer­si­ties tar­geted by the largest num­ber of top em­ploy­ers in 2015 to 2016.

The re­port is based on re­search con­ducted in De­cem­ber last year with the United King­dom’s lead­ing grad­u­ate em­ploy­ers, in­clud­ing BP, Aldi, EDF En­ergy, the Civil Ser­vice, IBM, Gold­man Sachs, PwC, Google and HSBC.

Nalayini Tham­bar, di­rec­tor of Ca­reers and Em­ploy­a­bil­ity at The Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham, UK, says, “It is tremen­dous news that Not­ting­ham grad­u­ates con­tinue to at­tract the UK’s top em­ploy­ers. This is a re­flec­tion on the qual­ity of our grad­u­ates and the fact that stu­dents who study at this univer­sity de­velop well aca­dem­i­cally and em­brace a full and var­ied stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence.

“This gives them the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop the skills and at­tributes that will en­able them to suc­ceed in em­ploy­ment and build suc­cess­ful ca­reers.”

The Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham en­cour­ages and sup­ports stu­dents to en­sure they have a well- rounded ex­pe­ri­ence while study­ing, which in­cludes par­tic­i­pat­ing in work place­ments.

This in­cludes the Not­ting­ham Ad­van­tage Award, which en­ables stu­dents to take ex­tracur­ric­u­lar mod­ules along­side their aca­demic stud­ies that build skills and ex­pe­ri­ence in var­i­ous ar­eas such as pub­lic re­la­tions, fi­nance and ca­reer plan­ning through ac­tiv­i­ties with the univer­sity’s Ca­reer and Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Ser­vice, Widen­ing Par­tic­i­pa­tion and the Stu­dent’s Union.

It is one of the world’s truly global univer­si­ties with cam­puses in Malaysia, the UK and China. This year marks the 16th year since set­ting up as UK’s first full- fledged in­ter­na­tional cam­pus in Malaysia and all three cam­puses con­tinue to en­rich the lives of stu­dents across the world through global education, ground­break­ing re­search and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

The Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham has 43,000 stu­dents and is the clos­est thing that Bri­tain has to a truly global univer­sity with a dis­tinct ap­proach to in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion that rests on full- scale cam­puses in China and Malaysia ( Times Good Univer­sity Guide 2016).

It is also one of the most pop­u­lar univer­si­ties in the UK among grad­u­ate em­ploy­ers and is the win­ner of Out­stand­ing Sup­port for Early Ca­reer Re­searchers at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings 2015/ 16 and 8th in the UK by re­search power ac­cord­ing to the Re­search Ex­cel­lence Frame­work 2014.

The univer­sity has also been voted the world’s green­est cam­pus for three years in a row, ac­cord­ing to Green­metrics Rank­ing of World Univer­si­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. not­ting­ham. edu. my.

The Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham re­mains one of the top choices for grad­u­ate re­cruit­ment among UK em­ploy­ers.

Stick­ing to a bud­get will help you learn es­sen­tial fi­nan­cial man­age­ment skills.

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