Jasmine Tonoris

Jasmine Tonoris

Jasmine Tonoris

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Year commenced: 2022
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)
  • Major(s): Psychology

Why did you decide to study science?
Having lived through a global pandemic, we have seen changes in the world like never before. In some respects, society has shown more unity and acceptance than ever and I am passionate about how science has been able to fuel this social change. I decided to study science as I believe the systemic approach to understanding the world through a lens of science has the potential to solve some of the world’s most important problems.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
Choosing to study to study at Monash was an easy decision, as the specific course I am studying is only offered at this university. I am doing a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with Global Challenges. The unique pairing of formal and informal leadership skills and science that this course offers is something that made choosing to go to Monash appealing.

What's your favourite aspect of studying science?
I have always had an innate passion to think critically about the world around me and I believe studying science equips me with so many transferable skills that will help shape how I approach nuance within my future career. I really value the satisfaction I receive from challenging my habitual thinking patterns while exploring new concepts in areas that interest me.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
I have fallen in love with the flexibility a science degree offers. A highlight that I have appreciated is the openness the degree provides to explore my interests and study abroad. Being able to customise the degree to what I choose to make it, in terms of subject interests and free electives, has also been valuable.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
The biggest misconception I had about studying a science degree is that it is highly stagnant and lacks creativity. More often than not, within my science degree I am asked to step outside of my comfort zone and employ creativity when challenging my inherent beliefs. Every class is dynamic and allows me to explore my creativity, which is a valuable skill given the uncertain and ambiguous nature of the world around us.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say?
Choosing what you are going to study can be a daunting time, given the gravity of the decision you are making. I believe studying science can be a good outlet to help you continue to explore your passions. As you naturally gravitate towards the study areas that spark your interest, the flexibility a science degree at Monash offers is a luxury as you are not set in stone and can continuously learn about yourself. Just as you are an evolving and adapting human being, Monash Science degrees can evolve and adapt with you.

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
What else would I ever live my life by than a quote captured by my childhood idol, the nostalgic Hannah Montana. “Life’s what you make it, so let’s make it rock!”

Do you have a chosen career in mind? If so, what kind of job are you currently aspiring to?
As I am currently doing an extended major in Psychology, I hope to find a future career within this field. My ideal job would be something that marries my passions of social justice and psychology, however, what this looks like, I am not exactly sure yet.