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Ready to Start Uni but MCO Got in the Way? Here Are 5 Things You Can Do!

Published by on Apr 30, 2020, 10:04 am

Okay, so let us be real for a second. If anyone had told us just a few months ago that this was going to happen, we would have laughed it off. Who knew that one of the world’s worst nightmares was going to come true, right? It is a challenging time with the Covid-19 pandemic looming threateningly over our existence but there is a silver lining! Our country’s leadership and dedicated front-liners have kept millions of us safe and sound. Our national effort to flatten the curve is finally starting to show results but we still have to complete the journey of defeating this disease.

Until that day of victory comes, we will have to continue to stay at home and practice social distancing. While we grapple with uncertainty and miss our days in the sun with our friends and loved ones, there are several ways to make the best out of this situation. Scroll down for tips on how to make it through these times as a soon-to-be university student. 


1. Exercise your rights as a responsible netizen



If your days are now spent scroll, scroll, scrolling away you are not alone! Let this be a time of inspiration, change and positivity for the world through social media. The rule of thumb is if you cannot say it in real life, do not say it virtually. Our social media and digital platforms can be used for so much good. So make it your goal to spread positivity on your platforms during this pandemic. Create that ripple effect of happiness and you may just reap what you sow.

Stay away from fake news, hate speech and other negative content. To identify if material is fake news or negative content that is not worth sharing, look out for the following:

  • The source of the article is not verified or comes from a really weird-looking website. Check your digital sources to ensure it is coming from reliable content providers at all times.
  • Whatsapp messages that are not authored by official government bodies or not corroborated with a verified news source. Keep an eye on your messages for updates from our Health Ministry but avoid spreading unchecked information on Whatsapp.
  • The content of the article or post revolves around the discrimination of a race, gender, nationality or any other demographic factor. If you find posts criticising China or spreading xenophobic material about Rohingya refugees report it, ignore it and carry on.

Remember that sharing incorrect information can be dangerous to others. You can always refer to verified sources such as the official portal of the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Click on to access the latest official updates. Being mindful and responsible as a netizen will reflect well on your scholarship applications and how you appear to your future university classmates as well as lecturers.


2. Register for free online courses and acquire skills you never thought of before.



If you are getting sick of watching vines, Tik Tok videos and all those dalgona coffee posts, how about checking out a free webinar or online course? There are dozens of them out there! From literature to psychology to digital marketing, the topics are wide and varied. All you need is your computer, a stable internet connection and voila! You are ready to be your household’s top student. Having additional certifications can also boost your university applications and look excellent on your résumé. Plus, it never hurts to have more knowledge.

If you are not sure where to get started, check out the University of Southampton’s Free Online Learning page at: The University of Southampton is a Global Top 100 University as ranked in the QS World University Rankings 2020. A free online course from a world-class university? Sounds great to us!

3. Stay in touch with friends like never before



Just because we cannot go out, that does not mean we do not get to meet our friends. We are indeed, lucky to be living in a time of technology and innovation. Check in on your friends regularly and have the time of your life with a variety of different communications platforms. From a simple phone call to playing board games together online, the list of activities is endless! Make a Tik Tok video together, tag each other in Instagram story games and build friendships like never before.

Who knows? You might even be able to make more new friends while you are at it. Plus, there are many cool apps in the market to replace parties, gatherings, brunch and lunch sessions and yes, even movie nights! Try “House Party” or “Plato” for your gatherings or “Netflix Party” to watch movies together.  It can still be a time to party even though we are social distancing.  


4. Get physical



 Was getting your fitness routine up and running a challenge before the Movement Control Order? Well, it does not have to be a challenge anymore! This is the time for most of us to review our fitness goals and start putting them into motion (…literally!). Spending just 20-30 minutes on physical activity three times a week can markedly improve your mood, bodily functions and immunity.

You do not need to emerge from this partial lockdown looking like an Olympic athlete, but spending some time on even the simplest fitness routine can help stave off the boredom and keep you feeling good. The best part? There are more and more online fitness classes popping up! From Yoga to Zumba to Kickboxing, there are so many impressive choices out there. So take your pick, roll out your floor mats or get your exercise shoes on. Staying at home can and will be a breeze!


5. Do not give up on your dreams



Whether we like it or not, we all have to hunker down and deal with a force majeure. While we wait for the pandemic to abate, it may seem like life has come to a grinding halt. In fact, life as you know it has become radically different. What was supposed to be your first steps through the doors of your new university, is now just barely taking steps through your front door.



The good news is, there is a solution. The University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM) is the branch campus of the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. The University recently launched their April Virtual Semester and welcomed an excited cohort of Engineering Foundation Year students. If your dream is to be an engineer, the University’s next intake is in July which will be tailored to rely on their cutting edge teaching technologies and over 200 million digital learning resources. All classes and learning activities will be conducted online to help you smoothly transition into on-campus university life when the world is safe again.

The Engineering Foundation Year at UoSM is a one year fast track programme which will grant you seamless entry into the undergraduate Engineering programmes offered at the University. The University’s undergraduate programmes are four-year integrated Masters of Engineering programmes (MEng) which means you acquire not just a Bachelors, but a Masters at the end of your degree. The MEng programme offered are as below:

  • MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering


So if your dream is to be an engineer, do not give up on it! Fight for your dreams with the support of a world-renowned university. Achieve a top-notch UK education at a fraction of the cost with UoSM. In recognition of the current situation, the University is also offering up to 100% scholarships and study grants worth RM1,500. For further enquiries or to sign up for the July intake, visit HERE or download a prospectus from this link HERE.

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