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Blogger, budding novelist, and future economist shares her study advice

Malaysia's Carmen Yong Kah Mun talks about her love of economics, writing and why she chose to become one of our student bloggers.

Written by Suraya Saleh |

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"I have learned so much and my mind has been broadened by this course." BSc Economics and Management student Carmen Yong Kah Mun.

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.

Student Inspiration: Yong Kah Mun from Malaysia - "I decided to become a student blogger because I wanted to share my experiences as a student of this course."

“I found my course to be relatively difficult and I needed a platform to express that. I also wanted people to know that they are not alone in their struggles with their studies. I wanted to share my insights into this course and what it has done for me, so that people know that no matter how hard it is, it does get better.”

In blog posts, Carmen spoke about the dread of feeling unprepared and overwhelmed by the thought of exams and reveals her strategies for managing exam stress.

“The most important insight was realising that exams aren’t a dragon to be slayed. Instead, the University is our friend and is trying to help us achieve whatever it is we want to achieve, by giving us an education.”

She also shared her practical tips: “I made a countdown towards my exams to remind me that I have to spend my time studying instead of playing around or other things that can wait. Putting together this countdown has helped me focus.”

Carmen’s advice to other people considering studying: “Choose a subject that you are passionate and extremely curious about. Then, no matter how hard it gets, it won’t be a trouble. You’ll still be extremely interested in it. As for which university to choose, look for one that gives you the best value for money. High quality and yet affordable. Do not compromise on quality or price.”