Persie Duong

Persie Duong

Persie Duong

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Honours
  • Year commenced: 2019
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)
  • Major(s): Atmospheric science

Why did you decide to study science? 
I decided to study science because it is something very new, very different, very out of my comfort zone. Coming from a foreign background where science is not a popular career choice, I was hesitant and doubtful and so were my friends and family. But I have always wanted to challenge myself, I know I will learn so much and be able to contribute so much through the vast opportunities that the field offers, so here I am! Another motivation for me pursuing science is the current state of the world we are living in, especially with global warming. I was impatient, I knew I had to take action and science, especially the atmospheric pathway that I have always been drawn to, can provide the answers to some of the climatic issues that humanity faces today.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
It was the combination of my personal love for the Clayton campus and my sister’s past experience as a Monash student. I love the modern buildings. I love the green and peaceful feels of the walks. I love how it is so far away from the city that it almost feels a bit isolated from the busy world, yet so many exciting things are happening right here. All of those plus so many great things about Monash that I heard from my sister, from the teaching facility and quality to the extra-curricular activities, were the reasons why I wanted to choose Monash as a place to continue my study after high school.

What's your favourite aspect of studying science? 
The people of science are just amazing. They are always so kind and humble. They are extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the field they are doing. There’s always something new to share and it is always exciting and fascinating talking and learning from them.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
The highlight of my Global Challenges degree so far has to be the practical project we did in second year. My team and I were working on a model to commercially farm seaweed in Australia. Even though we did not end up growing any seaweed, it was an eye-opening experience learning about the biology of seaweed, talking directly to the stakeholders and witnessing the progressiveness of the industry. It was so much fun (and challenging) figuring everything out by ourselves. I have never felt so confident about my decision to study science and I was inspired afterwards to seek an internship that does similar work.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course? 
When I told my parents that I wanted to study atmospheric science, they thought I would become the weatherman on the TV! The most common misconception about science studies from an international student’s perspective is that there are few job opportunities and if yes, most of them will be in the labs. I’m doing Earth science and practically I have never been in a lab nor had to buy a lab coat or goggles before. And I do believe that the skills we learn and build in science are applicable everywhere - there are endless possibilities locally and globally!

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say? 
I would say that studying science is always fun, always new and always exciting. I would encourage them to visit our labs, check out the facilities and talk to the amazing people here at Monash. I might bring up a few names, such as one of my absolute favourites who I just recently found out he’s pretty popular online too - Burkard Polster from the School of Mathematical Sciences!

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
When in doubt, just do it.