Ratu Esther-Kelvin

Ratu Esther-Kelvin

Ratu Esther-Kelvin

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Year commenced: 2021
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
  • Major(s): Chemistry
  • Minor(s): Earth and environmental sciences

Why did you decide to study science?
Science has been a strong passion of mine ever since I was a child. Growing up, studying science always reminded me that there’s more to life when times got tough and it opened my mind to new worlds to explore. Due to this, science became a source of refreshment, reassurance and enlightenment, and I knew I never wanted to drift apart from the study of science, hence why I am striving for a career in STEM now! While I loved the study and research of science, I also admired the practicality of applying such knowledge to engineering and technology, so I am now studying a double degree in Science and Engineering.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
I attended my first open day at Monash University during year 10, and in comparison to other university open days I visited, it felt like academic love at first sight. The campus was huge, the buildings were fresh and the whole atmosphere felt so inviting. The moment I stepped onto campus, I realised I wanted to study at Monash. Before I started my degree here, I attended a few of Monash’s STEM engagement events in high school, especially MySci, and it really made me feel comfortable and encouraged to study at Monash. The environment was a vibe.

What's your favourite aspect of studying science?
Completing the labs, using dangerous chemicals safely, and feeling science-y in my lab coat.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?

  • Meeting many like-minded people with the same passions as me.
  • Studying in the aesthetically-pleasing study areas, as it seriously lifts your mood for studying.
  • My chemistry and engineering labs and projects.
  • Making so many science puns with my colleagues during class.
  • Joining committees and student teams.
  • Holding campus tours.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
I have been researching my course studies ever since year 10 because I was pretty motivated to undertake this degree at Monash. Interestingly enough, doing that made me expect a lot of myself for my first year of university, which made me realise now that you have time. There’s a time and pace for everything. While it’s good to get a head start during your first year of university, it’s also completely okay to relax and prioritise balancing everything healthily, considering this is a first experience for many of those finishing high school! The staff at Monash are very understanding and supportive during your studies.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say?
Do it! If you’re not sure if you want to fully commit to science or equally love another field just as much, do it as a double degree, like I have with engineering and science. That way, you get the best of both worlds, or you will fully know what you want after the experience and can transfer courses.

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
If you’re writing an email to someone professionally late at night, don’t send it right away. Schedule it to send it for 8am the next day to look super organised. Also, learning how to cook and prepare meals during your studies helps you save so much money in the long run and it’s a great fun activity to put your mind off things.