Vineet Suresh

Vineet Suresh

Vineet Suresh

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Year commenced: 2020
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
  • Major(s): Astrophysics

Why did you decide to study science?
I chose to study science, more specifically astrophysics, because I always had a deep fascination with space. The awesome, vast expanse of the universe is something I wanted to understand. Some of my influences include great science communicators like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Brian Cox, and my year 11 science teacher.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
My stepdad completed his PhD at Monash University and with him, I was able to tour the university and it's facilities. I was so impressed that I didn’t even think about touring any other universities. So for, when it came time for the VTAC applications, I put Monash as my number one preference. In retrospect, I put all my eggs in one basket, but it worked out in the end.

What's your favourite aspect of studying science?
I enjoy solving problems and equations. In addition to this, I enjoy the fact that with every passing unit, I become more aware of what I previously did not know. In essence, I like being reminded how big the universe is, and how vast the field of physics is.

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
Studying quantum mechanics, general relativity and special relativity. These are some of the most important developments in physics and I had a blast studying them. What made this especially fun was that it was so counter-intuitive, yet incredible.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course?
I didn't have any particular misconceptions, however, I came to realise that year 12 physics does not prepare you for university level physics. Also, the workload from year 11 and 12 is just a fraction of the workload during university.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say?
It absolutely depends on who the person is. For example, if they are wanting to pursue physics, I would say to pay more attention to calculus in high school mathematics subjects. Also, do not underestimate the workload and make sure that your work outside of university does not clash with your studies. Also, join a club, as it’s a great way to make friends!

Give us a life hack or piece of advice you live by:
One piece of advice I like to live by is that taking care of your body is just as important as taking care of your mind. So I exercise 4-5 times a week, it's also a great way to destress!

Do you have a chosen career in mind? If so, what kind of job are you currently aspiring to?
At the moment, everything is hazy, but a career in research or data analysis would be great, or even education.