Bridgitt Shea

Bridgitt Shea

Bridgitt Shea

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2014
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
  • Major(s): Psychology
  • Minor(s): Genetics

Why did you decide to study Science?
I decided to study science because it has always been the subject I love the most. I love the logic, the basis of reliable, objective data, whilst still requiring creative and original thinking, and the fact that it’s always open to new ideas or directions of concepts based on legitimate evidence.

What made you choose Monash University in particular?
I decided to study at Monash University in particular initially because I thought the double degree programs provided seemed impressive and well structured, but visiting campus really confirmed my decision. It was the only university I had visited that I immediately felt I belonged at as soon as I arrived.

What is your favourite aspect of studying Science?
My favourite aspect of studying science is probably the content. I love learning about new concepts and adding depth to previous ideas, I honestly find, at least with the topics I study, it exciting and interesting and it makes me look forward to coming to classes and finding out what I’ll be learning each day.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
When I graduate from my undergraduate degree I plan to hopefully begin the science honours program.

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?
Talking to a VCE student wanting to study science, I would tell them about Monash’s incredible and ground breaking research, about the exciting developments, and the involvement students even at an undergraduate level can have in some of these projects. I would also inform them how extensive the help provided at Monash is, especially in science, and how they really want you to succeed.

What has been the highlight of your Science degree so far?
The highlight of my science degree so far has been being able to work with one of the labs at Monash. I volunteer at the Social Neuroscience Lab and it so far has been the best and most insightful learning experience I’ve ever encountered and I never expected to gain anything like it.

Do you have a favourite teacher? What is it about this teacher that you love?
I have one particular favourite lecturer, what makes her stand out is that when she lectures she is so passionate about her subject that it comes across in her presentation, and listening you can’t help but be enthralled and hanging on every word she says.

What was the biggest misconception you had about studying Science before you started your course?
The biggest misconception I had about studying science was probably this idea that I’d be thrown into the deep end, and have no assistance and have to struggle on my own. Upon starting my course I discovered this wasn’t the case, and to this day I still feel supported with room to allow me to learn and challenge myself.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities? What have you gained from these activities?
Extra-curricular activities I’m involved in include a number of social sport organisations ran by Monash and being a member of a number of societies. These activities really allow me to explore different interests, allowed me to meet new people and just make life more exciting.

Anything else you would like to share about your Monash Science experience?
My Monash Science experience has honestly just been incredible. Without a doubt the best years of my life that have allowed me to learn and grow so much, meet the most amazing people possible and discover personal potential beyond any of my previous expectations, coming to Monash was easily the best decision I could have made.