Astrid Dunkley

Astrid Dunkley

Astrid Dunkley

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Double Degree
  • Year commenced: 2016
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
  • Major(s): Geosciences

Why did you decide to study Science?

I decided to study Science because with global issues like climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and dwindling resources, now is a critical time for science to do some good in the world and I would love to play a role in making that change. Also, I’ve loved it since I was young, especially geology and palaeontology.

What made you choose Monash University in particular?

I chose Monash primarily because their double degrees allow me to pursue my passions in Science and Arts. I also really like the variety of study areas available, and the industry and research focus.

What is your favourite aspect of studying science?

I enjoy its practicality, from the content we learn to labs and fieldwork. Further, many of my units have a real conscience. We don’t just learn the theory: there’s a big focus on how we can use it to do good in the world.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?

I plan to go into either palaeontology or sustainability and environmental policy (an area like green space design or water management would be great).

If you were talking to a VCE student who wanted to study science but wasn’t sure which uni to pick, what would you tell them about Monash?

Monash has a wealth of Science study areas, and great degree flexibility that lets you discover and pursue your interests. The campus is a great environment: it has everything you need and more. Your lecturers are passionate experts who are always happy to answer your questions and have a chat.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?

Definitely practical work, in my Science units and through opportunities I have gained from studying Science here. If it weren’t for Monash, I wouldn’t have realised my lifelong dream of going on a dinosaur dig.

Do you have a favourite class/teacher/subject? What is it about this class/teacher/subject that you love?

I loved my first year Earth, Atmosphere and Environment units with Marion Anderson. She’s hilarious, a wonderful lecturer, and helped a lot with navigating first year.

What was the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?

The pace of learning. At university, you can cover just as much content that’s covered in a year in high school in just a semester. It’s really important to keep up and know your strengths and weaknesses so you can spend your study time wisely.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities? What have you gained from these activities?

I do some palaeontology volunteering – in a palaeobotany lab, and I attended a dinosaur dig earlier this year. I’ve gained a lot of practical experience, made a lot of great friends and connections, and smashed a lot of rocks (even glued some back together!)

Anything else you would like to share about your Monash Science experience?

It’s important to never be afraid to ask for help. Your lecturers, peers and especially Science Student Services are a wonderful resource.

Why did you become a Monash Science Ambassador?

Starting uni can be overwhelming: everything from course preferences to enrolment. I’d love to do anything I can to help future and current students with this process, being someone who can answer questions and provide insight into studying Science at Monash.

A piece of advice I live by/Lifehack:

Bullet journaling saved my academic life. It’s definitely worth checking out if you need to get organised, and it’s really fun!

I’m currently listening to/watching….:

Listening to: Mostly Wavves and The Front Bottoms. Watching: Arrested Development, for the millionth time.