spending trap

The other day, my dad gave me one of the worst financial advice I’d ever heard from an adult (sorry dad).

We were talking about saving money, which was pretty much one of my most important student life principles, and I told him how I could’ve bought the new Samsung Galaxy S8 (but didn’t because at that moment it would have literally brought down my savings account to 0). Instead, I decided to be an angel by using the money to pay for my own expenses (including rent) for my 3-week graduation trip.

Here’s what he told me: “You know, Daphnee, you’re young so you should enjoy life and spend on whatever you want.”

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viable career

Dear future graduates, On the 11th November 2017, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) from Monash University. It has only been two months since I finished my degree (a bit later than usual because I had deferred an exam) and 1.5 months since I flew back to my home country (yes, only to come back again for the graduation ceremony). And a few days before graduation, I signed my first full-time employment contract. How did it all happen so fast? One of…Continue Reading “To Future Graduates: How To Have A Viable Career In 2018?”

ideal internship

I believe that the internships I went through when I was studying at my university were considered ‘ideal’, at least, at that point in my life. But first, what is an ideal internship?

An ‘ideal’ is not necessarily something constant across time. Your ideal job today may be different from your ideal job in a year. The idea of ‘ideal’ is pretty subjective.

In any case, here’s my take on defining an ideal internship: it’s an opportunity which brings you value, in terms of the amount of exposure of the desired job you would like and how much you want to learn on the job. It strives for the right balance between learning and doing. You’re not completing on your own but you’re not a coffee maker either.

An amazing team of supporting colleagues is a must too!

And a good remuneration package is a plus 😉

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exam revision tips

It’s that time of the semester—that time which we’ve been pushing out of our minds and when procrastination is at its highest. Exams are the worst. You barely have time to prepare for the number of papers awaiting you—especially if all of them are scheduled in the same week, or worse… on the same days! To help you out in that stressful period, I’ve compiled 11 exam revision tips that worked for me. And you better get started on that revision as soon as you’re…Continue Reading “11 Must-Know Exam Revision Tips That Work For Real!”

Don’t panic. When this happened to me, my friend and I panicked for about an hour before taking action. But delaying the problem will not solve it. I think this is the worst that can happen to an international student: missing an exam in their very last semester of their degree. Especially if the student visa expires right after the exams (like in Malaysia). Often, missing an exam is hugely unintentional: it can be due to a sudden illness… or carelessness (for example, messing up the time and…Continue Reading “What To Do If You Miss An Exam In Your Last Semester”

writing research essay

If this is your first time writing a research essay at your university, then this article is for you. At the time I’m writing this, many of you may have reached the end of your semester… which, for Arts students at least, is the most hectic week in terms of final projects and assignments!

Here’s something I think will get you to review the core of your essay. It’s back to basics time! After all, a minor mistake in the format or referencing style can make a huge difference between a distinction and a credit. Maybe these are things you’ve stopped thinking about, but from my experience, they are the most important in writing your best essays.

So here are the five steps to getting started on your research essay for the first time.

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last-minute assignment

The assignment is due in a few hours. You’re screwed. I’ll keep this post short. Feel free to skim through it. Time is precious. First Find a permanent desk. Whether you’re furiously typing at home or in the library, stay where you are. Keep this place as your working table for the next few hours (or at least until the library closes, if that’s where you are). Don’t think twice about looking for the ‘perfect study place’. And for you to actually stay where you are,…Continue Reading “How To Complete Your Last-Minute Assignment On Time”

avoid falling sick

What do you do to avoid falling sick in the midst of assignments and exams? Probably nothing, like most of us. Until it’s too late.

I’ve talked a lot about the importance of getting enough sleep despite being a super busy university student. I’ve mentioned the huge difference exercise can make in your daily life several times on this blog. I’ve talked about the art of self-discipline. These practices can definitely help you avoid falling sick. But, most of the time, they are hard to keep up with.

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art of discipline

I have been struggling with self-discipline ever since I joined my university. And the more time passed, the less disciplined and messier my university life became. This came as a surprise to me because back in secondary school, we were taught how to be disciplined… and I had no problems with it. I would work for my O- and A-levels while writing three blog posts a week! Now, the moment something happens and gets me busier, I can barely follow my own blogging schedule.

I think it’s the lack of a stable structure at my university that weakened my self-discipline. Have you looked at your timetable? Classes and tutorials are all over the place and some of them change according to the week. Back in secondary school, I had to wake up at 6 a.m. every day because school started at 8 a.m. every day. At university, sometimes my day will start at 8 a.m. but at other times it’ll start at 2 p.m.!

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As a university student, I’ve always felt pressured to be constantly working on my assignments or studying for future tests. Free time? How about I catch up on last week’s readings? And don’t forget to revise your lecture notes!

And the moment I felt like taking a break, I’d feel guilty because time is scarce and precious… I should be productive at all times.

Does that sound a lot like you too?

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