Katey Zich

Katey Zich

Katey Zich

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2018
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
  • Major(s): Earth and environmental sciences

Why did you decide to study science?
I decided to study science because I always found it to be absolutely fascinating and always wanted to know and understand more about our world. Even from a young age I could see myself becoming a scientist and it’s definitely the right fit for me!

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
I chose Monash in particular because of its high ranking and all of its excellent science facilities.

What is your favourite aspect of studying science?
My favorite aspect of studying science would be the hands-on experiences that we get as students. I’ve gotten to go on really interesting field trips and have had fascinating lab classes. Just getting to experience and learn about these things in person is really exciting for me!

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
I’m currently looking for graduate jobs in geology and hydrology fields and will get started in one of those early next year!

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
The highlight of my science degree so far would have to be going on exchange to Hong Kong and being able to study a whole other aspect of my field that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to look at in the same way in Australia! In particular, I studied urban ecology (as you can imagine urban in Hong Kong is very different than urban in Australia!) and the biology and hydrology of Hong Kong specifically. It was great getting the chance to get the most out of my degree in this way and I’m really thankful that Monash offers the flexibility to do this.

What’s the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
The biggest misconception I had about studying science before starting my course would just be that it’s really difficult. I’ve found it to be a lot easier than people expect it to be, which I would credit both to 1) being interested in the topics you’re studying and 2) Monash offering lots of resources to help students and requiring that students take units to help build your skills as a scientist, regardless of your field. There’s definitely been difficult classes, but it’s been a lot easier overall than I was expecting!

If you were to give some advice to someone who’s thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say?
The main advice I would give to someone considering studying science at Monash would just be to make sure that they’re passionate about science. I’ve found that if you’re genuinely passionate about something then it barely even feels like work and you’ll be a lot happier with what you do. If science is something that really interests them, then I would highly recommend Monash for their degree- there’s so many different fields offered, the facilities offer unique opportunities for learning, and there’s lots of support for students!

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
It’s been said a million times, but advice that I live by is to just go for the things that you want, even if you don’t think it will work out or will be hard. You never know what will end up happening! All the best things that have happened to me in my life have come from taking that leap, as cheesy as that sounds.