Jessica Wolff

Jessica Wolff

Jessica Wolff

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2017
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)
  • Major(s): Pure mathematics

Why did you decide to study science? 
Honestly, it was something that I was good at and I wanted to challenge myself to see how much more I could learn! But I am also a massive believer in the scientific process and love that you can formulate ideas and beliefs off of solid ground. In the current world, with so many conflicting opinions and confusing debates on important issues it is comforting working in an environment where your thoughts and decisions are guided by evidence.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
I loved the focus on real applications of the research and learning that happens at Monash. I love that everybody is so passionate about what they do, and that everybody is eager to get out in society and share their new ideas and discoveries to make positive change.

What's your favourite aspect of studying science? 
I love that I can ask as many questions as I want in order to truly understand what is happening. Whether I am asking myself these questions when completing an assignment or exploring a new concept, or asking my lecturers to get a better understanding, I love how it is so respected as a part of the learning process, particularly in science!

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
I plan to find a job in a company that inspires me and challenges me. I am not set on a particular industry, but want to feel fulfilled and engaged by the work that I do. I feel like I have enough transferable skills to take me anywhere I want to go!

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
It seems controversial to say this – but group assignments have been the highlight of my degree! I love working with like-minded and equally passionate people who challenge my thinking and who balance out my weaknesses.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course? 
That I wasn’t going to be smart enough! While it has been a lot of work, I have realised that so many different strengths and characteristics make you good at science, not just ‘book smarts.’ It’s been a journey understanding the way I learn best, and something I will always carry with me.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say? 
Follow your gut! I’d say come to campus, come to open day, meet some people doing the course that you are interested in and see what your heart says. Your initial feelings and thoughts are often more accurate that you think and I remember being super doubtful about what I wanted to do until I came to Monash Open Day and spoke to some real students – it was a great day!