Hieu Tran

Hieu Tran

Hieu Tran

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
  • Major(s): Seconday education
  • Minor(s): Chemistry

Why did you decide to study Science?
Science has been something I have always been interested in science I was young. I have always been amazed and intrigued about how things work and why things happen. It allowed me to explore the world deeper and also to use theories, evidence and facts to explain things to other and interest them.

What made you choose Monash University in particular?
I had two firm interests, science and teaching. Monash was the only university when I looked to have a double degree that involved both. That is basically perfect for me. Monash University was ranked very highly so that made it an even bigger reason to choose Monash as my place of further education.

What is your favourite aspect of studying science?
There are many aspects to studying science that I enjoy. Aspects such as expanding my knowledge and investigating deeper into things that has always mystified me. Aspects where I get to think about various scenarios and come up with different ideas. And the hands on practical components are quite fun too, I mean it's not every day you get to wear a lab coat and mix chemicals.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
When I graduate I plan to become a high school mathematics and science teacher. Inspire more students to do science in university and take on a career in science.

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?
I would tell them about the great opportunities that Monash has to offer, the great range of science subjects that they can undertake. The openness of the campuses, the facilities and uni life in general is pretty cool here. Access to resources, eateries etc.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
I would have to say meeting new friends, learning interesting things and getting involved with programs that the science faculty has to offer.

Do you have a favourite class/teacher/subject? What is it about this class/teacher/subject that you love?
I have a few favourite lecturers. The first one was my first year chemistry lecturer, he really engaged the class and made every lecture an entertaining one.

My second favourite lecturer was in third year chemistry, he explained things so well and taught to the level of the students, he reinforced concepts really well. You can't go wrong with lecturers like this.

What was the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
My biggest misconception was that we had to do a lot of independent research and individual experimentation and that everything was going to be super hard. I guess I can blame TV shows. But once I got into the course, it was challenging but with effort it was quite manageable.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities? What have you gained from these activities?
I have been involved in the Science Peer Mentoring Program this year. I can tell you it was amazing, I got to meet new people, take on responsibilities, organise meetups attend activities that have been organised for us. It was amazing.

Anything else you would like to share about your Monash Science experience?
It's an interesting place to undertake your education, if you look positively, there is something for everyone and you will have a great time. Don't be afraid, try to get involved in as many things as you can because when you look back it will be worth it.