Casey Barczynski

Casey Barczynski

Casey Barczynski

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Double Degree
  • Year commenced: 2018
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
  • Specialisation: Earth Science

Why did you decide to study science? 
I’ve always been curious about the world and how it works. I loved chemistry in high school and I love problem solving and getting my hands dirty. I was unsure about what I wanted to do for my career, but I thought that a Science degree would be a good place to start.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
The options and flexibility at Monash are unmatched. Monash has an excellent range of majors and minors and I could easily match my Science degree with my Engineering degree. Plus, campus is beautiful!

What's your favourite aspect of studying science? 
I love the outlook that studying science gives me. I look at the world in a different way, I can be objective and think through things logically in a way that I couldn’t do before. Science is more than the subjects that you do - it’s a way of thinking.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
Field trips! I’ve been fortunate enough in my Earth Science major to go on at least one field trip per subject, and two subjects are entirely field based. They’re a great way to apply knowledge from the classroom, practice your skills, and make new friends.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course? 
That the only career path is in academia or research. You don’t have to write scientific papers or wear a lab coat all the time – though those are great career options! There are so many applications of science you probably haven’t even heard about, and some that don’t even exist as careers yet.

If you were to give some advice to someone who is thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say? 
You don’t have to know what pathway or major you want to do yet. If you’re curious and like to learn about how stuff works, try science! You’ll be astounded by the options available - there’s something for everybody.

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
Give everything a go. Even if you don’t think you’ll like it, try it! You might just find a new hobby, interest, or friend.