Nicholas Alexopoulos

Nicholas Alexopoulos

Nicholas Alexopoulos

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Double Degree
  • Year commenced: 2020
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Global Studies
  • Major(s): Geographical science

Why did you decide to study science? 
I’ve always loved the idea of combining analytical skills with creative thinking in order to solve some of the world’s most complex problems. Having studied geography and environmental science in high school, I quickly learnt that I wanted to delve deeper into the contributors, consequences and solutions to climate change when I started university.

Also, I think an integral part of studying science is understanding the importance it has in creating positive change for our future. Our current generation has the potential to make significant impacts in the field of science whether it is through modernising technology, developing cures or addressing climate change. So the idea of being scientific influencers at a local, regional or global scale, and connecting science to everyday life, makes studying science very intriguing.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
I chose to study at Monash because I found that it was one of the only universities that provided a large array of earth and geographical science units. I also found that it has an incredible range of work-related, practical and international opportunities which would help develop my theoretical knowledge. I was also very impressed with how modern Monash was, its green, open atmosphere and community-driven campus culture. I also really wanted to combine Science with Global Studies to gain a greater international perspective, and Monash offered this double degree.

What's your favourite aspect of studying science? 
My favourite aspect of studying science is being able to gain a better understanding of the natural world, and applying this knowledge to real-life events that are occurring all around us everyday. Also, I think that the diversity of units and ability to interrelate science with global issues like human rights, gender equality, education and health accessibility has illustrated the complexity of science and furthered my desire to help influence positive change.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
Having just started what is effectively my first year on campus, the highlight of my science degree has definitely been meeting new people and being a part of Monash’s campus community. In my classes I have met some amazing and passionate people who have taught me incredible amounts. I think being able to collaborate, learn from and have lengthy discussions about current global issues, has made the whole university experience and studying science all the more enjoyable.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course? 
Before I started my course, I had the misconception that studying science at university would be a long and difficult challenge, having to compete for 4 years straight to get the most from my degree. However, I can now appreciate the fact that while getting good grades is important, it's not the be all and end all. University is more about building new friendships, enjoying your on campus time with friends and getting involved in Monash’s academic and extracurricular opportunities (clubs, society’s, mentoring, internships, studying abroad etc.). These are not only the things that you’ll remember after graduating, but they will also help relieve stress and assist you in achieving better grades.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say? 
My advice to someone who’s thinking about studying at Monash Science would be to consider doing a double degree with science. What I love about studying science is its complexity and how it overlaps into the global studies aspect of my degree. For example, I can use what I’ve learnt about gender inequalities, globalisation, transnationalism and youthful leadership and apply it to some of the contributors and solutions to climate change.

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
Our failures and hardships in life shouldn’t be seen as a roadblock but as an opportunity and a stepping stone to success. I feel that we become stronger due to our struggles (academically or in our personal lives), and normalising these setbacks as a part of growth is important in striving to learn from and rectify the things that may have previously not gone to plan.