Renee Demeo

I think that science challenges you to think rationally, critically and analytically, and with these skills I believe I can make a real difference to the lives of others.

I have always had a passion for science and maths, but my inspiration for studying a Bachelor of Science came through the National Youth Science Forum. I was able to get hands-on experience in different science fields, and this inspired me to continue studying science in the hope of being able to use my skills to help others. Also, seeing the difference science and technology can make to the lives of everyone, in so many diverse and interesting ways, inspired me to continue studying in the STEM fields.

Going on exchange to Edinburgh was a particular highlight of my degree so far, as I was able to study in a different country, surrounded by people with diverse cultures and backgrounds. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to challenge myself, try new things, travel independently and adapt to life away from home. I made so many life-long friends, and was able to explore the world while studying which is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity. There is so much history in our world that you don't appreciate until you are standing at the Colosseum or walking around ancient Castles.

I think that science challenges you to think rationally, critically and analytically, and with these skills I believe I can make a real difference to the lives of others. In particular, I chose to study genetics as I am an identical twin, and learning about what makes each person unique, and the impact of genes versus the environment is a very interesting area of research to me. My dream career would be to work as a genetics researcher, as this field can incorporate my passion for both maths and genetics and allow me to solve problems that can make a positive impact on society and the world.

My advice would be to make the most of all your opportunities, whether that be doing a range of subjects to see what you actually enjoy, trying interesting breadth subjects that can benefit your science degree or going on exchange. I would suggest trying subjects that you haven't really done before, because they might be the subjects that you find you have a passion for and just haven't had the opportunity to study.

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