Anisha Balakrishnan

Anisha Balakrishnan

Anisha Balakrishnan

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2014
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
  • Major(s): Materials science; Physiology
  • Minor(s): Mathematics

Why did you decide to study science?
Ever since watching the Nickelodeon show, “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius”, I fell in love with the idea of being an inventor at the age of six. My dad was also a huge factor in fuelling my love for the Sciences. He was a Civil & Software Engineer who showed us the beauty of science through many excursions to the zoo and science exhibits at museums, introduced us to the world of Science Fiction and encouraged us to explore and innovate. Naturally, I loved learning anything science related and chose to continue absorbing anything Science at a tertiary level.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
I was lucky enough to talk to three Monash graduates through my older cousin and find out about their experiences during & after their degree. I also had a positive experience talking to the Student Services Consultant after receiving my ATAR score about possible pathways. I also liked Monash’s model and range of subjects offered. Monash also had many opportunities to broaden your skills by getting involved with the 114 clubs and societies and leadership programs, which was very enticing.

What's your favourite aspect of studying science?
Meeting all the cool like-minded peers and extraordinary educators. The content studied, although challenging at times, was very interesting and I could see how I had changed the outlook; it was easier to analyse things and practice being objective in other aspects of life.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
I am passionate about health, education and the environment. So, the goal is to work for the Australian Public Service in the area of reviewing and creating policies with the aim of creating a more holistic society. But in terms of immediately after graduating, I will be taking a year off to complete two internships in Tokyo in the renewables area and hopefully travel to India, Singapore and Canada to visit family before beginning my career in policy.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
I have really enjoyed working with a diverse range of course mates and appreciate the friendships I have built over the years.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
Initially, I wanted to pursue a double degree of Science and Engineering and was doing so for three years. I started a Diploma of Languages, however, as you might see why, the workload was way too much for me and I decided to just stick to my Science degree. Once I took the pressure off myself, I don’t think I had any expectations other than to learn new things when and approached my tertiary studies with an open mindset for as much as possible. However, I now see how the transferable skills (clear & concise communication, analytical reasoning, synthesis of dense information etc.) I’ve gained from doing a BSc at Monash can be utilised in the workplace through the internships I have completed over the years. As a result, I am able to add value to whichever team I am a part of because of my Science background.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say?
Do it. There are so many opportunities that the Science Faculty present and are continuing to expand on programs to improve the quality of Monash Science graduates. From additional help sessions to Science Industry Week, Monash provides a versatile and supportive environment with a strong focus on creating an all-rounded Science student. The growth you will experience at Monash is something you will have to experience yourself!