Fall 2017 – Final post and some tips!

So… this is my final post for this blog because I’ll be graduating soon 😦  I didn’t say this earlier because I was still wondering what to do with my blog.

Anyway, I just want to say thank you to all of you for reading this blog! For those who have told me that you really appreciated this blog and my reviews, I am really heartened to hear that! When I started writing this blog, I thought that maybe no one will read it or appreciate it. Or maybe they won’t believe whatever I’m saying lol But I continued writing anyway because I thought, it’s ok, if there are people who find it useful, they will come and read it. So I’m really happy that some of you told me that it is useful and helpful because that’s the most important thing! For the rest of you, I just hope that you find it useful 😀 I will miss writing module reviews and I’ll miss everyone too 😥 I can’t answer your questions about any newer modules 😦 But it’s ok, I’ll still be around to manage this blog! There are new writers for this blog, so there will be a few posts every semester from the Fall 2017 semester onwards. Some of them have already posted. You can ask the writers questions about the modules they have reviewed or about their major; I’ve already told them this.

For my final post, there won’t be any module reviews as I didn’t take any classes this semester. Uhm, I hope I didn’t disappoint any of you. But waaaaaaaaaaitttttt!!! Don’t run away! Instead, I have a post with helpful tips and things that people usually don’t know about just for you! I can’t guarantee that ALL these are new to you, but for sure it’ll be new for students who just joined SIM-UB 😀

Anyway, whether you’re a freshman or are going to graduate soon, I hope there is something you can takeaway from this post! If you know every single tip/info in this post, well then, good for you!

With that, let’s begin…

10. Find out how much it costs to photocopy a textbook before you buy. If a textbook needs to be preordered, email the instructor (get from past syllabi on simconnect, or if it’s a new module, google for info about the instructor) and ask if the textbook is needed before buying. You can also email the prof to ask questions about the class such as what is it about, the assessment criteria, etc.

9. That being said, keep a copy of: 1) All the class schedules so that you know which class is offered only once or twice a year or every semester so that you know how to plan which class to take. 2) All the booklists so that you can compare current and past prices and know how much to sell or pay for your books.

8. Links to some e-textbooks are posted on simconnect under the “General News” or “UB News” section. But they are usually only posted 1 or 2 weeks after school starts. 

7. The GPA and goal-setting calculator that SIM-UB provides is quite complicated to use. So I’ve found another one here. The link to the excel file is all the way at the bottom of that page. This is from another university but the grading scale is the same as ours. I’ve tried it and it works. Just take your grade info from “View My Grades” in UB Hub and fill in accordingly. “Total grade points” is filled in PTS and “Units taken towards GPA” is filled in HRS Attempt. You can also fill in any mods that you want to retake. Once you fill in, the calculator automatically removes the grade from that module from your overall GPA. So you can use that calculator for planning what grades you need for the next semester to achieve your target GPA, or see how much your grade will improve if you retake a certain module.

6. Bored of the usual CCAs in SIM? Do you know there are also CCAs such as Peer Mentors, Wellness Advocate, and Global Ambassadors? These CCAs need an interview and you’ll help out in the respective departments and kind of serve as a bridge between the school and the students. There’s Student Representatives too, giving campus tours and trying to promote SIM 😀

Anyway for AIESEC, did you know you don’t have to join the club to go for their programmes? And you can still go for their programmes as long as it’s within 2 years after your graduation date.

5. Do join some CCAs or do something non-study related if possible, building up your resume is one thing, the other thing is that you have experiences to draw upon to explain during job interviews, and most importantly, you get to make more friends and more contacts for networking 😉 Also, depending on the type of club, some also organise trips, talks/seminars or workshops related to a specific industry. Especially for talks/seminars and workshops, half the time it’s open to all SIM students! This is the chance to try something outside of what you’re studying, and at least know whether you like it or not.

4. One of the most important things that students don’t realise is actually simconnect and your mymail, you all don’t check simconnect and mymail right? Forget password already right? Better start logging in now because SIM posts school events, job skills workshops, info talks, de-stress activities, talks/workshops organised by CCAs, trips to nature reserves and Chek Jawa Wetlands, on simconnect with signup links and sometimes they will also send out emails about the above. So do check simconnect and mymail regularly, especially simconnect, unless you want to miss out on what the school has to offer. HTML, R workshops taught by clubs in SIM, career and industry talks, Excel, Photoshop and Illustrator workshops, anyone?

3. In addition, you can also go to Project1095 to find out when and which events, talks, workshops, etc, are currently happening in SIM or even during next month. Events from some CCAs are also listed there.

2. SIM’s career office, Career Connect, deserves a special mention of its own, because I attended a lot of their programs! To summarise, they have job-related workshops called Hire-Me Series (about interviews, resume and cover letter, LinkedIn, future career choices) almost every month and sometime they also organise talks where they invite professionals from different industries to come and talk to us or even give us general advice on careers. I find those talks really useful, especially because I’ve no idea on which industry I want to work in. Actually I’m totally clueless about everything job-related so if you are the same, do check out the events organised by Career Connect!

They also have a program called “Project Protégé” where you will choose a mentor and you can ask him or her any questions you have about the career you want or even general career advice or more info on what working life is about. There will be mentors of all ages and from different backgrounds. Unfortunately, most of the mentors have business/finance/tech related backgrounds, so they might not be too helpful for those of us who are from Bachelor of Arts background, but you can still ask them general questions about work and stuff. Personally, I still find the program useful because at least I have someone to ask questions about work life and also to receive career advice. There is very minimal commitment needed and all the mentors there are really nice and want to help students. Anyway, 90% of the students who applied are from RMIT and UOL so I hope more UB students will apply 🙂 I rarely see UB students in school-related events lol

1. Already graduated? Fret not, you can still attend workshops, talks and other stuff in SIM as long as it’s still less than a year after your last day of exam in SIM. Actually I think they don’t really check it.

 

That’s all from me! Happy New Year and all the best for 2018! 😀 😀

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