Managing college life
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.