- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Degree
- Year commenced: 2015
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
- Major(s): Genetics
- Minor(s): Immunology
- Area of interest: I was very set on doing a double degree and I was particularly fascinated by the combination of global politics and science as it combined two things I love.
Why did you decide to study at Science?
My choice for studying science was easy, I am passionate about the importance of science in order to reach equality. I see science as a tool to create a better world.
What made you choose Monash University in particular?
I was very set on doing a double degree and I was particularly fascinated by the combination of global politics and science as it combined two things I love.
What is your favourite aspect of studying science?
The flexibility in subject choice is what most excites me about studying science. There are so many fields that come under the big bracket of science, and that flexibility gives me the opportunity to study different things.
What do you plan to do when you graduate?
I have no set career goals, however I am interested in being a genetics councillor or working in the field of scientific communication.
If you were talking to a VCE student who wanted to study science but wasn’t sure which university to pick, what would you tell them about Monash?
I would explain the community atmosphere found at Monash and how this is not replicated at other universities. This is a result of the location of Monash but also because of the many clubs and societies on campus.
What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
My highlight so far, has been working towards submitting my application to study overseas. I have been working towards getting the necessary paperwork to Monash Abroad to study at University of Warwick for Semester 1 2017.
Do you have a favourite class/teacher/subject? What is it about this class/ teacher/ subject that you love?
My favourite demonstrator is Ish from CHM1011 and CHM1022 because of his persistence in explaining topics I didn't understand and his mentorship throughout the year. He also made the chemistry laboratory more enjoyable by giving all students a level of autonomy about the experiment.
What was the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
I had the view that a Science degree would have a lot of contact hours and that there was no flexibility in studying Science but I have found the opposite to be true. With my maximum contact hours being 16 hours a week, it is definitely manageable. Furthermore, having 2 electives and 2 minor subjects has allowed me to explore other interests, even though I am doing a double degree.
Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities? What have you gained from these activities?
Along with the Science Student Ambassador program, I am also involved in the Science Future Leaders Program. This program involves a residential, a series of seminars and workshop in order to build on our leadership skills. This program has enhanced my love for the communication of science and showcased the importance of doing quality research but also having the capability to discuss it with the general population.