Ashlee Collett

Ashlee Collett

Ashlee Collett

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Year commenced: 2020
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
  • Major(s): Microbiology
  • Minor(s): Genetics

Why did you decide to study science?
Ever since my dog passed away when I was younger, I have been particularly passionate about science and the idea of saving lives. For many years, I thought that pathway involved becoming a veterinarian, but through my life experiences, I have grown incredibly fond of microbiology and genetics. Thus, I chose and continue to choose science because I want to make a difference in the world and have an impact on the livelihoods and health of animals (including us humans)!

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
I chose Monash mainly because of my Year 12 Access Monash Mentor. He was studying a double degree at the university the time and opened my eyes to the possibility of exploring two different passions at once. For me, this meant being able to pursue science,  languages and philosophy, which were particular passions of mine at the time.

What's your favourite aspect of studying science?
Definitely the laboratory classes. I love being able to see the practical application of the theories I learn about. The facilities are certainly a big improvement from high school science classrooms!

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
Probably being involved in various programs at Monash such as the Access Monash Program, Peer Assisted Study Sessions and, of course, the Science Student Ambassador Program. I like being able to inspire others to pursue their passions.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
I originally thought there were far fewer science disciplines than there actually are. In my head, it was just “biology, chemistry, physics, maths and psychology”. I wasn’t aware of how niche the different disciplines are within science.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say?
I would say, be curious, ask questions and gain as much information as you can. There are so many resources and opportunities out there, you just have to be willing to look!

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
Don’t neglect your physical and mental health! It is super common for us aspiring academics to be narrow-focused and completely forget about what is actually important. Make sure to take breaks, chat with family/friends, give your pet some love and prioritise yourself!

Do you have a chosen career in mind? If so, what kind of job are you currently aspiring to?
I am currently aspiring to enter microbiology/genetic research focusing on antibiotic resistance!