Riley McGoldrick

Riley McGoldrick

Riley McGoldrick

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Advanced Research
  • Year commenced: 2016
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  • Major(s): Physiology; Psychology
  • Minor(s): Developmental biology

Why did you decide to study Science?

Because I never stopped being that annoying 4 year old continually asking, “Why’s that?”

What made you choose Monash University in particular?

Monash allowed me to be within and engaging with the people in the field from the first day. I was able to do what I wanted as soon as I started and every step of my academic career is meaningful

What is your favourite aspect of studying science?

The fact that we know nothing. Its constantly evolving and changing with technology and the diversity of human beings means that there will never come a time where we are able to adequately explain everything about ourselves.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?

I don't know yet. And that's okay.

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?

The fact that you able to cover a whole range of things from day one means that you don't have to close those doors and say no to things at an age where you’re not sure if you want to spend your life doing that.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?

When I realised I understood and could draw the ingrediants of a shampoo bottle I was reading in the shower

Do you have a favourite class/teacher/subject? What is it about this class/teacher/subject that you love?

PHY2011 (Neuroscience of communication, sensory and control systems). The Unit coordinator Ramesh Rajan knows everyone's names and uses them, and delivers lectures and labs in a way that is clearly collaborative with students

What was the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?

That it was going to consume my life in the bad workload way

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities? What have you gained from these activities?

I mentor with Access Monash, and am a Resident Advisor within my hall. Both of these experiences have mad me stop and go “hey I know stuff”

Why did you become a Monash Science Ambassador?

Because my experience has been shaped by amazing people that had the right knowledge and experiences to help and I want to do that for someone else.

A piece of advice I live by/Lifehack:  Say yes till you have to say no

I’m currently listening to/watching…. I’m currently obsessed with anything Jon Bellion does/Selena Gomez as a human being