KUALA LUMPUR: Students heading abroad for their studies will be able to obtain helpful tips from those who have been there and done that.
Rule number one, be optimistic and stay positive, is University of Bristol graduate Nadiah Hanim Abd Latif's advice.
Spending three years in Britain changed Nadiah's outlook on life and improved her survival skills.
Being in a foreign country on your own can be frightening. And students, especially Muslims, are more apprehensive about going overseas after the Sept 11 attacks, she said.
She will address the topic Studying Abroad with three other graduates of overseas universities Gavin Gomez (Canada), Nadrah Hanoum Kamil Nor Arif (Australia) and Aris Samad-Yahya (United States) at the Star Education Fair at 2.15pm on Saturday.
I will focus on managing funds, selecting the right university and generally living in Canada, said Gomez, a graduate of Carleton University, Ottawa.
He added that students should not be worried about adapting in Canada as people there are nice and the chicks are hot.
On budgeting, Nadiah said most foreign students work part-time on campus at the library, canteen, or university alumni to earn extra money.
I helped cook for 365 people as I always wanted to know what it was like being the cook and having students complain about your cooking, said Nadiah, who also washed dishes, served food and mopped floors.
She used the money to cover her travelling expenses around Europe.
Many students think it is difficult to juggle between work and studies, but with proper time management and a good daily schedule you can get the best of both worlds with a fulfilling experience abroad, she added.
The speakers will also give tips on where to get good food, buy cheaper groceries and economical ways to travel.
The two-day fair will also feature career talks in various fields such as design and media studies, information and communication technology, medicine and medical sciences, and engineering.
Students taking the SPM examination will get tips on how to tackle the English Literature and Physics & Additional Maths papers from experts Dena How and Sunny Yee respectively.
Other topics will include Directions in Higher Education, Options after SPM, Writing your Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letters, Professional Programmes and the Star Education Fund.
The private education department will also hold a presentation and question and answer session.
The fair will be held at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 11 and 12, and in Penang from Feb 21 to 23 at the Penang International Sports Arena in Relau.
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