Heba Abdalla

Heba Abdalla

Heba Abdalla

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2013
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
  • Major(s): Physiology
  • Minor(s): Biochemistry

Why did you decide to study Science?
I have always found science interesting, particularly biological sciences. I am fascinated about how the human body works!

What made you choose Monash University in particular?
I went to John Monash Science School so I've always found Monash like a second home. I knew the campus well and I integrated really easily, Monash was a no brainer for me!

What is your favourite aspect of studying science?
That there's always something new to learn, even when you think you know photosynthesis or mitosis there's always more detail and there's always more questions to ask.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
I'm thinking postgraduate dentistry at this stage.

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?
I would tell them the people in the Science Faculty at Monash are really accommodating and encouraging. I think there's a misconception about university where you have to figure everything out on your own, but that's not true and the Science Faculty is proof of that. There are so many facilities and help provided that you'll never feel like you're on your own.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
I think just discovering my passion for physiology and how the body works. Monash has helped me decide what I want to do and it's eased a lot of stress knowing I have a direction.

Do you have a favourite class/teacher/subject? What is it about this class/teacher/subject that you love?
Definitely PHY2011, and it's lecturer Ramesh Rajan. He teaches physiology very well, and made the unit very intriguing!

What was the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
That everything would be serious. It is actually a lot of fun.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities? What have you gained from these activities?
I am an MSA volunteer and that's helped me meet many new people and of course help the Monash community. In 2016 I'll be a Science Peer Mentor which I'm really excited about!