- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Honours
- Year commenced: 2016
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours)
- Major(s): Ecology and conservation biology
Why did you decide to study science?
I have always wanted to make a difference and be able to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. I decided to study science as the ability to find the ‘why’ of these challenges is crucial in being able to solve them.
What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
Monash University was the only institution that offered a course such as the Adv. Science – Global Challenges (Honours). I was passionate to pursue this course as I wanted to be able to explore not only the ability to use science thinking as a research tool, but as a tool to communicate real-world solutions.
What's your favourite aspect of studying science?
The hands-on learning that is provided is the best aspect of science. To be able to work in leading research labs and also complete field work outside the University is what science at Monash provides.
What do you plan to do when you graduate?
When I graduate, I will be working for a non-for-profit organisation, as a leadership coordinator, facilitating leadership programs for rural school students. I will also be working as a Park Ranger for Parks Victoria. However, I see myself having multiple careers throughout my life, solving some of the largest challenges our planet’s environment faces. My science skills and critical thinking will allow me to contribute as a global citizen.
What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
The greatest highlight of my degree was the two internships I underwent in Vanuatu. I was able to work with local doctors and nurses to provide a mental health education program to some of the most remote communities in Vanuatu. Not only was I able to give back to rural communities, but I was able to learn and grow a lot from the Vanuatu people and culture.
What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
That you can’t start making a difference until you graduate. You definitely can! Whether it is making a difference in the student community by getting involved with clubs and societies, or to the academic world by volunteering in world-class labs, or even outside of the University through internships. It is all possible.
If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say?
Go for it! There are so many opportunities within science that will help you develop as a well-rounded leader. If you love science, want to make a difference in the world, and want to form some lifelong friends and connections, science is for you!