Chelsea Rathbone

Chelsea Rathbone

Chelsea Rathbone

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Double Degree
  • Year commenced: 2017
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
  • Major(s): Environmental science

Why did you decide to study science?
I decided to study science because I have always had a passion for learning about how the world works. I knew that I wanted to study environmental science in particular because I had an interest in wildlife and ecology and wanted to become a part of the solution of the current environmental degradation we are seeing from human activities.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
I chose Monash Uni because I liked the structure of the science degree having so many majors to choose from, and I also wanted to study a double degree which I knew I could do at Monash. I had also learnt a lot about Monash because my brothers both studied at Monash.

What's your favourite aspect of studying science?
I really like the breadth of it, there is so much choice in what subjects to study. I also like getting to meet new people who also have a passion for science.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
I’m not completely sure, but I know I want to work in the environmental sector.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
Just getting to meet so many new people who have similar interests to me.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
I think I expected it to be like science at school, but it turned out a lot different because it’s so much bigger of a cohort, so the labs and learning style is very different to school when we had classes of around 20 kids compared to labs and lectures with over 100.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say?
I would say that a science degree at Monash has so many different areas of study to choose from so even if you are unsure what area you want to choose, you have a chance to try different things. I would also say that it is a really nice learning and social environment that will really foster and support your passion for science. The experiences you get, from labs and field trips, to science faculty social events and clubs, and all the new people you get to meet, are really amazing.

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
Everything is scary the first time – don’t let that stop you from trying new things.