Neraj Galagedara

Neraj Galagedara

Neraj Galagedara

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Double Degree
  • Year commenced: 2018
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science and Engineering (Honours)
  • Major(s): Chemistry

Why did you decide to study science?
Since I was a kid I have always been into science. I love knowing the little things that explain why everything is what it is. My Grandpa especially got me into science, particularly astronomy.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
I chose Monash because it allowed me to do a double degree with engineering, also Monash is more accessible to me.

What's your favourite aspect of studying science?
The best part about studying science is being able to go into labs and do practical work. It’s fun to learn content in lectures, but it’s so much more fulfilling when you go into a lab and are able to explain results based on what you’ve learnt.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
When I graduate, I plan to work in an engineering setting. I would love to work for a company that is involved in space flight, I would love to design and test new spacecrafts. Ideally, I would like to say “it’s not rocket science” to everything and be that guy at a party.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
The highlight for me has definitely been the people you meet along the way. You find that other people studying science also have the same drive and motivation as you, you really feel at home with the friends you make.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
That everyone studying science are like the stereotypical nerd, so people who are good are book smart but have no other skills. In reality, there is no one type of person that studies science, you get exposed to so many different people and different stories.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say?
If you are passionate about science or just someone who is naturally inquisitive, I would say to science. Not only do you learn content that you would love, but also you learn a new way to think, to think scientifically.

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
When things go bad, feel those emotions, watch some Netflix or something. But eventually it will pass, and you will be alright. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bad assignment, exam or something else, you will be fine.