Larissa Qiu

Larissa Qiu

Larissa Qiu

  • Student type: International
  • Degree type: Double Degree
  • Year commenced: 2018
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
  • Major(s): Psychology

Why did you decide to study science?
After high school, I was a little bit unsure of what to do. Back in VCE, the subject that interest me the most was psychology, especially biological psychology. I saw this being offered under science, along with many other interesting options, I decided to look into the degree. After reading through the handbook, unit guides etc., I found myself getting more and more interested in the degree, especially with all the practical and interesting majors we can choose from. So I decided to enrol in science!

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
I have always been a curious person that wants to do multiple things. When it comes to picking universities, I do consider the reputation, and Monash is on top of the list. At the same time, Monash offers the opportunity to do a double degree, meaning I can pursue more than one area of interest of mine, and study what I’ve always been curious about, so I thought – Monash!

What's your favourite aspect of studying science?
I really enjoy the combination of practical and theoretical knowledge being taught. The theoretical part helps me learn the foundation of things and being able to put some of them in real work just gives me satisfaction. I also enjoy the many learning and social opportunities that Monash Science provides us with. For example, science networking, science peer mentoring program, science internship etc.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
The highlight of my science degree is definitely the internship I got to do this year. I got to work with my talented supervisor on this novel project that might be potentially helpful for many people. I’ve met a lot of people that are well-known in the area of research, learnt a lot from the project and had a glance into what is it like to do research work in post-grad studies, which is super inspiring!

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
I have always thought the career pathways for a science degree is very limited, for example, people can only be a scientist after they have graduated. But after being in my degree for three years, I realise science is boarder than just becoming a scientist, because there are a variety of sciences out there, ranging from chemistry, biology, physics, computer science to maths etc. And seeing people getting into different industries and becoming successful just makes me realise how big my misconception was.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say?
Definitely give it a try – You’ll be surprised about how much you can learn from it and how fun this degree can be! Even if you don’t like one unit you’re doing, there are just so many more options to choose from!

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
Try everything before you comment on it! :)