Brianna Dillon

Brianna Dillon

Brianna Dillon

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Year commenced: 2019
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Major(s): Ecology and conservation biology; Genetics

Why did you decide to study science?
I want to be able to help enact change for a sustainable future. I have always held a deep love and respect for our planet, so learning about the challenges facing our environment, I knew I wanted to be a part of the solution. In recent years, I have come to understand the importance of accurate and understandable scientific communication and its role in driving evidence-based environmental conservation. For me, studying science is just the natural progression of this passion.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
I was drawn to Monash primarily because of its reputation. My high school partnered with Monash University to provide accelerated study for year 12 students, and while I didn’t participate in the program, it put the university on my radar. What finalised the choice for me was the incredible science facilities, including the phenomenal Jock Marshall Reserve. The flexibility of study options, as well as exciting extras that I could incorporate into my learning, such as miniature research projects and employability units, also influenced my choice.

What's your favourite aspect of studying science?
Science is everywhere and in everything. There is nothing cooler than spotting a butterfly and understanding the genetic mechanisms underlying their wing patterns or explaining to your family how vaccines work. Studying science sets you up for a lifelong journey of learning, and in our world, there is a lot to be curious about.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
The Conservation Biology unit! It was insightful to consider stakeholder positions in order to gain a greater understanding of the barriers to evidence based conservation practices, including why they arise, and how we can work together to create solutions in an environmentally conscious way.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
Before starting my degree, I assumed that science was going to be a whole lot of lab coats, experiments, and black-and-white thinking, but studying science at Monash has given me so much more. It’s not all memorisation and regurgitation. You gain analytical and critical thinking skills and there is so much space for creativity! I can look at the world around me through a creative lens and see exciting and innovative new questions, rather than just problems that need to be solved.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say?
Do it! Science degrees at Monash have heaps of flexibility and so many different areas of study, allowing you to combine your passions with ease. The Monash Science community is incredibly welcoming and there are a wealth of opportunities you can incorporate into your degree to enhance your learning experience, including internships, research projects and mentoring. Studying science is like a springboard, you can go anywhere and do anything, Science graduates are in high demand!

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
Mistakes aren’t failures, and it’s ok to get things wrong. The more mistakes you make, the more opportunities you will have to grow and learn.