Lachie Talbot

I was offered a place at the University of Melbourne as a mature age student via the Access Melbourne program, which aims to increase UoM's intake of students from disadvantaged, minority or low socioeconomic backgrounds.

I am currently participating in the In2Science mentoring program for disadvantaged students at Simonds Catholic College, a program that aims to increase the STEM participation of low-socioeconomic students as they transition towards VCE. I have been attending Year 9 science classes, and tutoring some students that are experiencing difficulties. I’ve also just started the Job Ready short course "Employment and Communication Skills for STEM Students," to improve my public speaking skills and learn more about science communication in the public arena.

I am planning on majoring in Human Structure and Function, so as to apply for medical school. My desire to become a physician is born from a genuine interest in health sciences and growing up in a family affected by chronic illness. I am passionate and read widely about the intersection of science, philosophy, medicine and scepticism, and the role they play in rational discourse. I believe science promotion and acceptance is critical for the success of humanity and our environment. Psychiatry, bionics, biogerontology (ageing), global health, and even aerospace medicine (yes, I would like to be a doctor on Mars) all grab my attention.

My advice would be never to take your education for granted. I almost lost the chance to complete a degree and chase my dream to be a doctor. So take the opportunity now and learn about this amazing world. I was offered a place at the University of Melbourne as a mature age student via the Access Melbourne program, which aims to increase UoM's intake of students from disadvantaged, minority or low socioeconomic backgrounds. So don't be shy, apply! Visit the University and speak to academics and student groups about what subjects to take. There are 41 majors available and a huge range of graduate study programs that continue from the Bachelor of Science. And look online at www.unimelb.edu.au, there are a huge range of online resources that can help guide your decisions.

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