A childhood fascination for understanding how money works inspired University of London student Carmen Yong Kah Mun’s decision to study for a degree in Economics and Management.
“I have always been interested in money because as a child, I saw that people used it to purchase what they wanted. I wanted to know more about this piece of paper that could get me things,” Carmen explains.
“The Asian crisis happened when I was a child and my parents talked about how some of their friends had no money now (bankrupt), and that made me even more curious. Why did some people have money and why did some people have none? It was confusing but it made me question more."
“Economics allowed me to jump in deeper into the world of money. I been studying economics at school since I was 16 years old and I have fallen more in love with it since that time. During A-levels, I have also found out that I have the aptitude for economics. And that’s why I chose economics.”
Carmen, who studied for her degree at HELP CAT in Malaysia, said the course not only confirmed her love of economics, but also developed her passion for learning.
The best bits of my course is that it is challenging and it has helped me grow as a person. I have learned so much and my mind has been broadened by this course.
Carmen is a budding novelist and took part in a global writing event, NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month. Participants from across the globe write every day for a month to reach a certain word count goal, or even complete a novel.
When university was in full swing Carmen said it wasn't easy to juggle NaNoWriMo and her studies at the same time.
“I participated in NaNoWriMo because I have stories in my head and it is a way to force myself to focus on a story and get it down. This was a very interesting and fun experience. It felt extremely cool to be a student by day and a writer by night. It also taught me more about time management.”
Carmen contributed regular posts for the University of London Student Blog, which enabled her to share the highs and lows of being a University of London student with other students and those considering studying.