Gabby Sylivris

Gabby Sylivris

Gabby Sylivris

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2011
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
  • Major(s): Physiology
  • Minor(s): Mathematics
  • Specialisation: Psychology and Maths

Why did you decide to study Science?
Originally I started in an Engineering degree, though after a few years I realised that it wasn't for me. The flexibility of the Science degree was enticing and I had also discovered a hidden passion for biology.

What made you choose Monash University in particular?
It was close to home and I had only ever heard good things about Monash. It's also a beautiful campus with many 'green' spaces that make for good study areas.

What is your favourite aspect of studying science?
All the opportunities that are available for Science students. In 2015, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Science Ambassador Program, the Science Future Leaders Program and the Science Peer Mentoring Program. All of these programs have only enhanced my experience here at Monash and have even taught me skills that I can use in the workforce.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
I'm hoping to get a position as a Cardiac Technician or to follow a teaching career.

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?
Monash offers such a wide variety of units, which also includes the option of taking out-of-course electives.

The Science Student Lounge is a facility that all non-science students are envious of. That's just one of many examples of the beautiful facilities that Science Students have access to.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
Apart from the long lasting friendships made and the numerous networking opportunities, I would have to say that the hands on learning experiences in the labs have been a highlight. My physiology labs have left me absolutely amazed by the human body.

Do you have a favourite class/teacher/subject? What is it about this class/teacher/subject that you love?
Professor Ramesh Rajan, who taught the second year physiology unit, is one of my favourite lecturers. He was very engaging but also devoted a lot of his time to his students' learning.

Alan Couchman and Simon Teague have also been very good Math tutors and inspired me to work harder and learn more.

What was the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
That you need to do postgraduate study in order to get a job at the end. There are so many options for science students; you just got to go and look for them.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities? What have you gained from these activities?
Some of the programs I have been involved with include the Science Student Ambassador Program, Science Future Leaders Program, Peer Mentoring Program, Oxfam Committee and Robogals.

These programs have taught me the importance of leadership and communication. They have all given great networking opportunities as well, which is important when you're job searching.

Anything else you would like to share about your Monash Science experience?
I'm proud to be a Monash Science student!