balance work and study

I’ve mentioned this in my previous post, but I feel that the skill of self-motivation also applies in the context of how to balance work and study and social life altogether in University.

If you are like me, you love handling multiple projects at the same time from different parts of your life. You strive to get good grades AND be active in campus activities AND explore places outside of campus. Frankly, I would hate to be someone who studies 24/7. There’s got to be at least a side hobby.

Of course, spreading yourself thin (but not too thin) has drawbacks because you might get good grades but not necessarily excellent ones. But it’s fine by me. I’m not a perfectionist. If you are also not bothered by this, you can definitely learn to balance work and study and life.

However, to do that you HAVE to be able to self-motivate yourself.

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Many of my friends tell me it’s hard to save money as a student, and I couldn’t agree more. Each of us is put into different financial situations, and frankly, the luckiest ones are those who get a monthly allowance from their parents. Oh, you thought everyone had that?

In my three years of study, I’ve met many kinds of people, and many are either willing to or forced to earn a living on their own. If they wanted money, they had to EARN it. Most of them are local students, who luckily have a home to return to and someone to cook meals for them. But it doesn’t mean it’s easier for them… nor for international students who have to make do with any inconveniences that come their way.

Many of the tips I’ve included in the list below WORK FOR REAL. Many of them come from my own experience while others come from the most common and effective strategies I’ve read again and again online. And believe me, I’ve been reading about personal finance since December 2015.

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don't give up

Before this website became a Survival Guide for University Students, I was planning to turn it into a freelance writing blog. You see, when I’m not studying, I write. In fact, I’ve been blogging since 2011. But I never thought of writing as a way to make money on the side. That was until I got my first writing job with Vulcan Post.

This website didn’t end up as a freelance writing blog because I don’t have enough experience yet, as compared to my university experience. Nevertheless, I figured I should tell the story of how I got my first freelance writing job because it might help students who look for writing jobs during the semester and because it is a reminder that one should never stop trying.

Grab your cup of coffee/tea, sit back and read on.

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Let me tell you a thing or two about student accommodation in Malaysia, specifically in the Sunway area, where Monash University is situated.

Firstly, there are a lot of options for students—the area is buzzing with student-friendly condominiums and houses. However, if you are a new international student coming here, your options will probably be narrowed down by on-campus accommodation (which is obviously overpriced, unless you are willing to pay for the convenience of getting out of bed 5 minutes before class and still making it) and Sunway Group affiliated apartments. Of course, you can eventually move out to the better alternatives once you are settled.

Secondly, international students are unlikely to share rooms, at least from my experience, therefore opting for the single room option instead of getting a roommate. I have never shared a room with someone, although I do have a shared bathroom (split between 3 of us, girls). Many also go for the option of having an attached bathroom to spare them from sharing it.

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I don’t know about your parents, but mine, being the typical Asians, always go for the best bargain, and by ‘best’, I mean ‘cheap and easy’.

Shattered after not receiving a full scholarship to UK universities, they had decided to send me to Malaysia to study.  After all, it would be affordable, and I’ll still be able to get Quality Education (hello, Monash, you who have a 33.4% failure rate—second best!). But there were a few things that they’d miscalculated. Studying in Malaysia is not as straightforward as it sounds.

So here are the three biggest misconceptions [Mauritian/my] parents have about studying in Malaysia:

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Whether you are a teenager fresh out of high school and preparing for studying abroad or you are a current University student about to go on an exchange/transfer program—this piece of advice is for you. As a Mauritian, I’ve always been fed hazy dreams about going abroad to study. Because going abroad makes you more successful, they say. Because it’s what smart people do, they say. Although these statements are debatable, studying abroad does expand your possibilities and life experience. But, know that it is not…Continue Reading “An Open Letter to Those Who Are Preparing for Studying Abroad”