Jessica Walters

Jessica Walters

Jessica Walters

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Double Degree
  • Year commenced: 2018
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Global Studies
  • Minor(s): Geographical science
  • Specialisation: Earth Science

Why did you decide to study science? 
I decided to study Earth and Geographical Sciences, because I have always enjoyed being outside, exploring the natural areas of the world and have been raised in a family who spends a lot of time within nature, on the far northwest coast of Tasmania. My father is a manual tree feller, and my pop was a commercial cray fisherman; these roles within my family have enabled me to experience parts of the world; not many other young people get the chance to do. I already had a wide understanding of forests, different environments, etc but wanted a deeper knowledge surrounding how all these areas intertwine and work together; as well as how we as people effect the natural world.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
Monash University provided me with an option to complete a double degree in two areas which I was and still are extremely interested in. These two areas are also not the traditional courses to be studied at university and finding a combination of courses such as Global Studies and Science, I found was quite rare. Monash provided a number of different options within Science that I had not come across at other universities and found it to be the best fit for my future aspirations. I have found that throughout my double degree so far, the two areas overlap greatly; and have benefited me in having knowledge in other areas that other people within my courses don’t necessarily have. Monash has also provided me the opportunity to study overseas; where both my Global Studies degree and Science degree, have played major roles in tackling international issues.

What's your favourite aspect of studying science? 
From a young age I have always loved to know how things worked and why. Growing up in Tasmania, I have had an amazing childhood, in environments where I was always asking “why”. Science provides the answers to the questions and thoughts which I have. It enables me to investigate, experiment and find out how the Earth works and what influences these factors. It is a hands-on discipline that can be implemented into every other industry within society.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
The highlight of my science degree so far, would be over-all working in the field. I have been on a number of field trips where I have had the opportunity to apply what I learn into the ‘real world’. As a visual, hands on learner, I find that these experiences are how knowledge is best absorbed by me; and it has further strengthened my passion for science, whilst also being taught and mentored by highly experienced and valuable demonstrators, and lecturers. I have had the chance to work with, many likeminded people and find solutions for real-world problems, ranging from within our local community, to internationally.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course? 
The largest misconception I had about studying science, which actually made me quite nervous, was that I needed to be a maths genius. I was a good science student throughout my schooling, but maths was definitely not my strong point. I was worried that I would struggle in my science degree due to this; however, I found that all units for my science degree thus far have provided the maths teaching needed within context to my specific area of study; enabling me to understand the maths content better. During my first year, I was also reassured by my lecturers that not everyone is a strong maths student, and that there are resources available when needed to help me, but also that they teach to an audience which they assume have little maths knowledge to ensure all levels are benefited.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say? 
My advice would be to expect a very challenging but rewarding course; that can be changed and transformed to your liking. There are so many opportunities within science that are not realised until you are in the degree. I personally changed my major and minor more than twice, as I discovered what my interests were throughout my course. It is a degree which provides great insight into the workings of the Earth and beyond. If you are interested in the ‘why’ and ‘how’, science at Monash definitely provides the answers to those questions.

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
My biggest life hack which I live by, especially throughout my studies is if you have a task to complete which will take less than 20-30 minutes; do it as soon as you think about it. I once heard from a lecturer that procrastination is the greatest, unnecessary barrier between average and greatness. If there is something which only takes a short amount of time to do, whether this be putting a load of washing on, or completing a university quiz; do it as soon as you can, so it is out of the way and you can then focus on tasks that take a longer period of time. This advice for me, as someone who is a procrastinator, has kept me on track throughout my studies, and can be applied in all areas of life – making a huge difference.