- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Double Degree
- Year commenced: 2012
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Computer Science
- Major(s): Computational science and applied mathematics
What attracted you to IT?
I have always loved technology and gadgets, ever since I was a little girl. Although, it wasn't until I was in my early high school years where I discovered the world of programming. The simple act of learning HTML code to decorate websites sparked my love for programming and all things IT. I knew from then that IT would be something that I would study in the future. In a world where IT is one of the main necessities for businesses and people, an IT degree is the perfect degree to choose.
Why did you choose Monash?
I chose Monash University because it has excellent facilities and the ideal environment where students can thrive and achieve their best. All the academic staff are extremely helpful and supportive, and the university has a very welcoming aura. Monash University has not only provided me with a great education, but it has also provided me with a network of outstanding academics and peers that I will keep in touch with for the rest of my life.
Why did you choose your course?
Besides my passion for IT, I was also very passionate about Mathematics and Physics. With Monash offering great double degrees, when I saw the BCompSc/BSc double degree, I knew that this double degree would be the perfect degree for me. It combined my three main areas of interest and allowed me to seek out further knowledge with access to world class facilities and academic support.
What is your major and what does it involve?
For my Computer Science degree, I majored in Computational Science. It not only covers the technical aspect of IT, but it also combines that with the analytical and theoretical/logical aspects as well. It has equipped me with analytical skills that are widely applicable and has also allowed me look at programming languages differently, as I was able to learn the theoretical/logical aspect behind their creation. I also decided to major in Applied Mathematics, as this complemented my Computational Science major greatly and the skills learnt were interchangeable.
What is your favourite thing about your major?
My favourite thing about my majors is the fact that I was able to expand my knowledge in areas that I have a high passion for. In particular, learning about how technology works behind the scene (eg. what languages have been used to build it, the UX design process, etc.) has been the highlight of my education. Since we live in a technology-driven world, it has made my undergraduate journey very enjoyable.
Apart from study, what else are you involved in both at Monash and off campus?
I have been heavily involved in volunteering opportunities at university. I was a volunteer for Computer Games Bootcamp, have been a Women in IT Ambassador, an Open Day Ambassador (general), an Open Day Ambassador for the Faculty of IT, a Faculty of Science Peer Mentor and a Faculty of IT Super Mentor. These activities have allowed me to realise the importance of developing soft skills and allowed to realise that I wanted a career in Technology Consulting since I have always loved technology and helping/interacting with people.
What has been the highlight of your course so far?
The highlights of my course have to be FIT3063 - Human Computer Interaction and FIT3144 - Advanced Computer Science Project, where I am completing a purely research-oriented project related to content from FIT3063. FIT3063 focuses on User Interface/User Experience design and theory and was very different to the technical units I was used to taking. FIT3144 has allowed me to gain a feel for what research is really like, which is very different to normal coursework units.