Ananya Behera

Ananya Behera

Ananya Behera

  • Student type: International
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2011
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Software Engineering
  • Major(s): Business information systems
  • Minor(s): Software engineering

Why did you choose Monash?

I chose Monash University as my preferred destination for my higher studies due to its global recognition and brand value. Monash University is one of the best universities in Australia and hence it was a no-brainer. I was also awarded with the Faculty of IT International Merit Scholarship as well as the Monash International Merit Scholarship and Industry Based Learning Scholarships that made the decision to choose Monash a lot simpler and attractive.

What attracted you to IT?

I always enjoyed solving problems and tackling challenging tasks.  Information Technology is widely used in the industry and is a very employable profession. I also knew that I had an inclination towards algorithmic thinking and mathematics and the software engineering degree allowed me to effectively transpose my strengths onto my learning.

Tell us about what you studied – What was it? What did it involve? What did you actually do?

I studied Software Engineering at Monash and it was a very well balanced course in terms of theory to practical matters. Software Engineering can be summarised as the effective design of software based on engineering guidelines and structure.  It definitely is not mindless coding, but it’s the practice of designing solutions to real-world problems in a cost-effective and scheduled manner. Throughout the four years in the degree, I learned a variety of coding languages, software engineering principles, tools, techniques and had the opportunity to undertake a variety of projects – individual and group.

What was the favourite thing about the field you studied?

Software Engineering is a very creative and collaborative field. The industry and scope is magnanimous and software engineering gels very well with the concepts of entrepreneurship.  My favourite thing about software engineering is the simplistic ability to study logic and apply a handful of logical constructs in solving some of life’s most intriguing problems through code.

Which IT facility were you most impressed with and why?

The infrastructure provided to the students of the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash is of the highest calibre. It makes learning interesting and fruitful.

Apart from study, what else were you involved in both at Monash and off campus? (Paid work, sport, clubs, hobbies etc)?

Apart from study I have been involved in a variety of activities and extra-curricular. I was selected as a Google Student Ambassador in 2013 and worked to evangelise Google products and services at Monash. I was also a Teaching Assistant for the last two years of my degree and taught the unit FIT1031 – Computers and Networks. My involvement with clubs and societies extends to my role as the founding President of the Monash Indian Cultural Society.  Apart from this, I enjoy watching movies, listening to music, playing futsal and going to the gym.

What was the highlight of your course?

In my third year of the course, I was awarded the Bellamy Award for being the student with the highest marks.  It was a fantastic feeling to be recognised for my hard-work.

What was the best thing about being a student at Monash?

University is about finding yourself and what drives you. Monash provides a holistic learning experience, which is above and beyond going to lectures and sitting exams. The campus life, the friends you make, the projects you undertake and the opportunities that come your way are all part of what makes university life exciting and needless to say, Monash provided me with ample amounts of everything.

What advice do you have for prospective students starting uni next year?

University is about much more than earning a simple degree.  It’s about finding yourself and what you’re good at.  Effectively use your time to recognise what you are good at.

Is there anything else interesting about yourself or about your study that you would like to share with prospective students? For example, have you taken part in an overseas exchange or study abroad and/or have you worked on any interesting projects as part of your course?

Monash University has been a wonderful experience in my life. At the end of my second year at University, my father passed away due to a sudden heart attack. It was a turbulent time in my family - financially and psychologically. I cannot express my gratitude enough towards Monash for all their help and support during what was perhaps the toughest time of my life. Without the aid and bursaries, I would have never been able to complete my studies. Monash University cares for its students and choosing Monash was perhaps the best decision of my life.