Anagi Wickremasinghe

Anagi Wickremasinghe

Anagi Wickremasinghe

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2015
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
  • Major(s): Developmental biology; Physiology
  • Minor(s): Immunology

Why did you decide to study Science?
My passion for science began around the age of six. Being a nature lover I have always been inquisitive about things, wanting to know the what, why and how. I am especially interested in the way in which the human body works and how it is adapted to this world. I hope to study medicine. By studying science I want to first get an understanding of what's out there and gain a broad knowledge. Able to think scientifically and understanding it would enable me to get through life. Many of the challenges that we face today need to be approached from a scientific perspective.

What made you choose Monash University in particular?
Monash University is a prestigious university, highly recognised globally. Monash offers a broad area of studies in science. Just seeing the campus made me want to start studying right away. It's very homely and has all the required facilities within it.

What is your favourite aspect of studying science?
My favourite aspect would be the lab sessions. Where we get hands on approach in the labs. This is where we get to put our theoretical knowledge into practice. Being able to experience some of the latest technologies in the field of science is amazing. This gives me a flavour of what I would be getting into later on in my career. 

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
I hope to further pursue my studies into the medical field.

If you were talking to a VCE student who wanted to study science but wasn't sure which uni to pick, what would you tell them about Monash?
Monash is a prestigious university that has enormous opportunity for science students. The facilities provided are excellent. There are many learning spaces with extra help that stimulate learning experience. There are Peer assisted study sessions (PASS) for first year biology and chemistry. Students who have had strong academic records in these units lead it. This is a great way to get extra help and understand the units. Its friendly and informal atmosphere provides a great way to make friends. The lecturers and staff are amazing. They are very friendly, helpful and understanding. They are brilliant at what they do. The university also provides the facility to speak with a science adviser on academic courses in selecting the appropriate units and combinations according to what's best for you.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
Being able to collaborate with my peers and gaining experience in the labs.

Do you have a favourite class/teacher/subject? What is it about this class/teacher/subject that you love?
My favourite subject would be biology. Richard Reina taught certain topics in it. He was one of my favourite lecturers. He taught in an engaging manner, this really generated an interest in the topics he taught. While teaching the content he brought in real life examples and stories, which drew my attention and inspired me.

What was the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
At first I thought studying science would mean hours sitting at my computer and reading theory.  I now realise that there is an excellent blend of theory and practicals.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities? What have you gained from these activities?
When I started studying at Monash I joined the science peer mentoring program. It was a great way to make friends and gain uni life experience with other peers. My mentors shared their first uni life experience, this helped me to adjust to uni life that much faster. By joining this program I have made new friends and learned many things about uni.

Anything else you would like to share about your Monash Science experience?
I am planning to continue to be in this program in the coming years. To be able to give back to the program and share my uni experience with other first years. Being a Peer mentor will also help to enhance my people-development skills and ability to motivate and help a fellow student like my mentors helped me.