Sophia Huynh

Sophia Huynh

Sophia Huynh

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2013
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Major(s): Software development

What attracted you to IT?

Problem solving. While I was figuring out what I wanted to study, I found myself being attracted to subjects that required problem solving skills, and applying practical knowledge. IT - in particular units on algorithms - really challenged me in an intellectually stimulating way, and I really enjoyed it.

Why did you choose Monash?

When I first chose Monash, it was because I wanted to take a double degree, something that wasn't being offered at the other universities that interested me at the time.

Why did you choose your course?

It allowed the greatest flexibility in exploring and experimenting with different IT sectors. I wasn't entirely sure what area I wanted to be in, but the structure of the Information Technology course allows me a lot of space to pick many electives and major in more areas than any of the other IT courses.

What is your favourite thing about your major?

I'm currently doing Software Development, there has been a great focus on web apps and mobile applications. It's great in giving me the foundations to then go ahead and apply these skills into the side projects that I've picked up.

I like that it is very practical, and I am able to relate to the applications of what we learn.

Apart from study, what else are you involved in both at Monash and off campus?

While I think it's important to explore what you want to do in IT, it is also important to know how to take a break and do something different.

So I did get involved with projects outside of my faculty, and still aim - in particular International Relations. I did a lot of Model United Nations, which led me representing Monash University as part of delegation at a global conference in South Korea, to organising several conferences in Melbourne, and now I'm currently involved with SDSN-Youth which operates at the Monash Sustainability Development Institute, where I help them with web development.

Throughout my years at university, the highlights have definitely been with the extracurricular activities that I have been involved with - clubs and societies and the faculty Peer Mentor Program. Being involved with clubs and societies really helped me get comfortable in my first year of university, being around people who are passionate about the same things really impacted my university life positively.

And in addition to that, being a part of the Peer Mentor Program and the IT student society (WIRED Monash), helped consolidate what I wanted out of my IT degree, and explore what other opportunities were out there for me.

What has been the highlight of your course so far?

Meeting passionate IT students. Other than enjoying the content, another thing that I really enjoy about IT is that the students are passionate about what they are studying, and quite often IT is something they seek outside of their course, and extends into their personal interests as well.

What do you hope to do after graduating?

I hope to explore the area of Cybersecurity, having become very interested in this area since being more involved in the IT faculty this year. Being involved with the IT faculty more this semester allowed me to meet industry representatives, and form a relationship which led me to organise a successful workshop with them being the lead contact.

What advice do you have for prospective students starting at Monash next year?

I'd suggest taking up extracurricular activities - joining a student club or volunteering. I think many students forget that there's a lot more to the university experience than just studying, and that's there's a lot to learn through these experiences as well. I personally have done a lot of personal learning through extracurricular activities. I learnt a lot about how I work as a leader, and a team member, how to deal with proper conflict management and something I think many people don't think about, is giving constructive feedback to those around you. I've have seen this type of personal and professional development in the people around me as well, so I definitely recommend it for all students.