Tanvi Oza

Tanvi Oza

Tanvi Oza

  • Student type: International
  • Degree type: Advanced Research
  • Year commenced: 2016
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours)
  • Major(s): Environmental science
  • Minor(s): Chemistry

Why did you decide to study Science?

I have always been passionate to help society in the field of environmental issues and sustainability through innovation and research.

What made you choose Monash University in particular?

Monash was the only university which offered a specialized advanced course which focussed specifically on research

What is your favourite aspect of studying science?

Meeting and collaborating with other likeminded students. This helps build interpersonal skills as well as cooperation and people skills. Additionally, the learning environments such as new buildings and various classroom setups also make it a fun and engaging way to learn.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?

Post graduate or working as a graduate environmental consultant

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 highlight why I love studying at Monash through listing the unique learning methods that monash utilizes such as outdoor classrooms etc. I would also discuss the wide range of external opportunities available to science students such as research internships, volunteering etc.

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

Being able to complete a summer research project at the Bureau of Metoerology as a Monash research fellow

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

Earth Science laboratories have always been extremely enjoyable due to the hands-on way of learning through the use of the outdoor rock garden. this type of learning can be much more valuable when compared to just theoretical learning through textbooks.

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

I used to believe that studying science was a very intense degree where the only types of classes occurring would be lectures and practicals. after starting university I was introduced to many different classroom environments and many different learning and teaching methods which introduced variety into the way students learn and therefore increases student engagement as well as enjoyment. I was also particularly impressed with the private study and workspaces made available to students such as the science lounge, advanced common room and various study spaces in each faculty building. These areas are great for private study as well as student collaboration.

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

I am involved in the Monash University Flute ensemble run by the faculty of music. Music, being a large part of my life, was something I was worried about when I joined university as I was unsure if I would be available to continue my music hobby. The flute ensemble increased my connection with the music faculty as well as great way to step aside from the regular science routine that begins to become such a big part of your life.

Anything else you would like to share about your Monash Science experience?

The university environment such as the buildings and landscapes make it a beautiful place to study and increases the connection and love that students have with the university. The study spaces and learning resources available for students increases the willingness to learn and makes studying throughout your degree a very fun and enjoyable experience.

Why did you become a Monash Science Ambassador?

I want to share my experiences and my love for Monash with prospective students in hope to inspire them to not only study at Monash but also to hopefully instil the love I have for the university in them and increase their eagerness and passion for science,

A piece of advice I live by/Lifehack: Life only comes around once, so do whatever makes you happy and be with whomever makes you smile.

I’m currently listening to/watching….Classical Indian and western fusion music