Joanne Ho

Joanne Ho

Joanne Ho

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2018
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Specialisation: Data science

Gut feeling

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to pursue during most of Year 12. But after reading about the future potential of IT and its wide variety of applications in our world today, I chose Monash’s Bachelor of Computer Science – and I’ve never looked back since.

Work hard, play hard

I chose Monash because of its vibrant campus life. The university offers many extracurricular activities and events throughout the year which are a great way to meet new people, explore your passions and simply relax if you're feeling burnt out from your studies. The student body is also very diverse so you get to make friends from a range of backgrounds.

I volunteered as a peer mentor for the Faculty of IT, where I had the pleasure of welcoming new students and organising game and movie nights with them. I was also a member of the Monash Coding Association, where I participated in various coding projects.

Stronger in solidarity

At times, I did feel like a fish out of water. It was a bit of a shock to be one of the few girls in a lecture room, especially after coming from an all-girls' school. Fortunately, I have not experienced derogatory remarks about my gender despite studying in a male-dominated field such as IT.

Monash has also supported me financially by awarding me with the Women in IT scholarship. It also hosts the Women in Technology mentorship program, where alumni provide general and career guidance to current women students. It was an excellent way to meet other students like me while building my confidence and professional network.

Real problems. Real solutions.

The highlight of my course was taking part in the Industry-based Learning program, where I had the exciting opportunity to work on real projects with Monash eSolutions.

Usually when Monash students hear about eSol, they immediately think of those people who help fix your laptop. Yes they do that, but I was surprised to learn that eSol also does so much more!

I was part of the Networks team where I was responsible for incorporating new functionalities into the university’s network management system, which resulted in enhanced user experience for employees, allowing them to work more efficiently.

Through this internship, I was able to develop my programming skills and my ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders. It was a very valuable experience that will greatly assist me with my career.

On a mission to save the world

I am very passionate about protecting the environment. Having studied data science, I hope to use big data to better understand the complexities of our natural environment and the potential impacts of climate change. I also believe machine learning techniques can be applied to optimise energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions.

Environmental data science is still a relatively new area, but I am excited about its potential. I'm planning on doing an honours year so I can continue to explore my interests in this field.

Pearls of wisdom for future students

There’s no doubt that you will learn a lot in class, but feel free to work on your own personal projects in your spare time. IT is a very broad and constantly-evolving field, so you will definitely encounter opportunities to apply what you learned in class to a wider context. So keep an open mind and be curious about what you learn!

Also your uni days will fly by quickly, so try and be involved in as many clubs and events as possible! They are  really great ways to discover new hobbies and make new friends.