Artemis Siourthas

Artemis Siourthas

Artemis Siourthas

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Double Degree
  • Year commenced: 2017
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
  • Major(s): Earth and environmental sciences

Why did you decide to study science?
From a young age I have always been curious about science, particularly biology. I loved learning about the natural environment where I could discover how things have come to be overtime. As someone who is passionate about environmental issues, I decided studying science would enable me to discover solutions to overcome them. It is also beneficial to apply a multidisciplinary lens to scientific problems, which is why I study arts too.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
I loved the flexibility that the double degree provided when picking subjects for university. I love science but I also enjoy the arts and decided to keep my options open by studying both. I chose Monash also because I knew people who went there who told me they loved it. I wanted to experience the same learning experience.

What’s your favourite aspect of studying science?
If I had to pick one, it would be the social facet of the university experience. My degree has connected me with many others who share my same passions, as well as from outside of science through science clubs. Even though the content you learn is fascinating, you find so many kind and interesting people in science who make the university experience that much better!

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
I endeavour to work for either government or private organisations in the environmental field, particularly to help prevent, mitigate and improve resilience toward climate change risks. For now, I want to work at a more local scale but hopefully in the future I’ll be involved in global projects and teams.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
The most recent highlight was when I went to the Cinque Terre, Italy, for an environmental science unit. Monash has units which are short and intensive trips to places worldwide. Our classroom was in nature: we hiked through mountain-top terraces by the sea, studied the Ligurian landscape and experienced village culture to the full. It provided a real-life case study of the content I’d learnt in the classroom setting and was a great chance to consolidate three years of study.

What’s the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
I underestimated how independent our learning experience would be at the university level. There are always teachers and resources to help you but unless you reach for it, it’s up to the individual to make the most of what is available. On the other hand, the student-teacher relationship is more informal, it’s amazing to be able to chat and discuss concepts as if you’re talking to just another person.

If you were to give some advice to someone who’s thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say?
I highly recommend it, it’s so much fun! There are many amazing people to meet who are going through the same experience as you. If you’re ensure about what your passion is or whether you’re studying the right degree, at Monash it’s easy to test and try to find what you like because the course structure is very flexible.

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
Do not be afraid to reach out to your teachers ever – you are not a burden and no question is stupid! When you’re struggling, they’re the ones who help the most.