Keisha Nash

Keisha Nash

Keisha Nash

  • Student type: Indigenous
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2017
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
  • Major(s): Developmental biology; Physiology
  • Minor(s): Psychology

Why did you decide to study Science?
I decided to study science back when I was 14 and completing a science program at Monash University, Clayton. I realised I had a passion for science, but wasn't sure what field I should delve into. It wasn't until the last day of rotations that I saw a Zebra Fish embryo and decided that I would study Developmental Biology.

What made you choose Monash University in particular?
My mother attended Monash Peninsula and was the first person in our family to attend University. She would take my sister and I to her lectures, and since then I haven't considered another University.

What is your favourite aspect of studying science?
I love drawing parallels between what I learn in my lectures and labs to everyday people and situations, which is something easily done when In a Science degree.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
When I graduate I hope to gain entry into post graduate Medicine to complete my dream of becoming an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist.

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 the student that Monash offers a very flexible Science degree that allows students to try different fields of Science in their first year, to help choose which field suits the student best. From second year onward they can then specialise, which will help them toward a future in science they can enjoy.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
My highlight of my degree so far has been to meet other students from different science backgrounds who you can swap stories and knowledge with.

Do you have a favourite class/teacher/subject? What is it about this class/teacher/subject that you love?
My favourite subject is Developmental Biology and Histology, a subject that looks at the developing embryo and its associated Histological features. I love how the subject makes me feel when I come out of lectures or labs, because it excites me to learn more about this field and to know that one day I'll be working in the Developmental Biology to help prospective mothers with high risk pregnancies (Perinatology).

What was the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
I thought I wouldn't be smart enough to study science when I was accepted into Monash, and I really doubted my ability. Now that I'm completing my second year, I wish I could go back and tell myself that Science isn't scary- there's so much help and support at University when you find some aspects of coursework hard. You're not alone.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities? What have you gained from these activities?
I learn German in my spare time, which has helped broaden my prospects to study or work overseas. I am also part of 'Orion College', a non-residential college on Clayton campus that has allowed me to meet the most amazing people from both Science and Non- Science faculties.

Anything else you would like to share about your Monash Science experience?
I have loved my Monash experience so far and couldn't imagine being at any other University.