Meet our Science Ambassadors
Our Science Ambassadors are current students in the Faculty of Science from across many different disciplines; they volunteer their time to help with a range of future student, alumni and current student activities.
- Jack Simkin
I've enjoyed the opportunity to learn from experts in their fields, and meet new people who are driven to create change.
- Kathryn Teo
Science requires a lot of hard work and motivation to understand content; therefore, it is essential to have an interest in learning. What's most important is the 'big picture' to get life-long knowledge and skills applicable to your area of study.
- Kok Loong Chu
I have met amazing friends from all walks of life, from all over the world.
Amanda Hwei Ee Loh
"UniMelb provides a safe platform and sufficient support for students to discover their inner passion and strengths. It isn't all about results in UoM, it's also about the life we live in Melbourne." -Amanda
I aim to pursue Music Neuropsychology within the Neuroscience field. It’s an extremely specialized area and there aren’t many people that had delved into it just yet, but it’s my dream to integrate music, neuroscience and psychology. The lecturers I've gotten thus far in UoM has been one of the best lecturers I had ever been taught by. I still can't believe that some of my favourite textbook authors are teaching me live, and this is probably the best experience ever.
Hailing from a Commerce background before university, it is due to sheer determination as well as mentoring that got me to where I am today. It started with attending a Bio-Psychology talk back in Malaysia, whereby I first met my mentor, who coincidentally was the Head of Department of the program I was in. Her speech was awe-inspiring and talking to her more about it after the speech made me more intrigued in the area of Biology with Psychology. Since then I have been hooked on Neuroscience.
What made me ultimately choose UniMelb was the student-life that the university would be able to provide me with. UniMelb provides a safe platform and sufficient support for students to discover their inner passion and strengths. It isn't all about results in UoM, it's also about the life we live in Melbourne. UniMelb provides a safe platform and sufficient support for students to discover their inner passion and strengths. It isn't all about results in UoM, it's also about the life we live in Melbourne.
I’ve only been in UniMelb for two years, and in this short amount of time I’ve met true friends, developed good skills and am determined to get a good career. Being put into a situation where I’m living away from my parents, I have had to be independent. This can be tiresome, but at the end of the day I usually get a feeling of accomplishment.
"Discovering creative, innovative climate change adaptation & mitigation methods inspired me to start a Geography major." -Benjamin
I began my Bachelor of Science wanting to pursue health sciences by seeing the positive impact that health care had on my family & friends, and started completing pre-requisites for graduate entry. After my first year I took a Gap Year and undertook a placement as an Outdoor Education Instructor in Anglesea, Victoria. I worked with students and community groups - teaching them the basics in rock climbing, canoeing, cycling and surfing etc. I had a fantastic time and discovered my love for working outdoors, researching interactions between people and the environment and encouraging them (especially students) to engage and learn about the nature around them.
The internship also led me to get involved in learning about community development and making a difference in the levies of those around me: I realised that people did care about the environment, i.e. climate change, but often did not have the tools, knowledge or support to make meaningful changes in their lives. Discovering creative, innovative climate change adaptation & mitigation methods inspired me to start a Geography major when I returned to study.
My course has meant travelling internationally to learn about climate change resilience in some inspiring communities and environments; studying glaciers in New Zealand, learning about landscape management with rural farming communities in China and working with aid organisations in East Timor in climate change resilience, to name a few! It has allowed me to make many new friends across the world and network with inspiring and friendly academics. Plus, getting involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities! From volunteering in the Community Garden and Student Welfare, to teaching at Collingwood Children’s Farm & working for the Students At Work program.
My dream career would be to work with environmental education in the Asia Pacific Region; empowering local community leaders through the Asia Pacific region to respond creatively and innovatively to climate change through social enterprise. I have learnt that knowledge and talent are incredibly valuable, but interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate ideas clearly and critically is just as important!
Through enthusiasm in class, one of my breadth subjects "Glee Singing" led to us getting involved with a State Library of Victoria arts project with the Les Miserables Cast and performing in Her Majesty's Theatre for a non-for-profit Mental Health Awareness event. After that experience, I realised how much a choir could be a wonderful community builder and so I started a community choir in my local town with friends, local churches, Eltham Chamber of Commerce and Nillumbik Council. Today the choir has kept growing and we regularly visit local retirement villages, perform at a variety of local markets and childrens programs and engage in welcoming new Syrian Refugee families into the community. All from a breadth subject...as a Science Student! It's been an amazing ride and I'm still getting blown away by how much I'm learning.
Benjamin received the Melbourne Global Mobility Award and a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant, which have helped him travel to New Zealand and China respectively. He has also been working toward the Leaders in Community Award (LiCA).
Brad Den Heijer
"From medicine to business or research to law, all of these options remain open to you while studying a Bachelor of Science." -Brad
I moved to Melbourne after completing high school in New Zealand and for that reason the university has been a great platform to meet a lot of new people, develop some life-long friendships and really experience all that Melbourne and Australia has to offer. The fact that the University is right in the heart of Melbourne’s biomedical research precinct which opens up a lot of opportunities for further study and work, influenced my decision to come here.
There is nowhere a degree in Science can’t take you. From medicine to business or research to law, all of these options remain open to you while studying a Bachelor of Science and the Melbourne Model really allows you to figure out what you are most interested in during your degree.
I have thoroughly enjoyed studying genetics and biotechnology because they are areas of immense growth and expansion. Not only do they involve very interesting theory and principles, but these fields also have the capacity to create positive change in the world around me – right down to the individual level in human and medical genetics, and large industrial improvements in areas such as biopharmaceuticals and agricultural biotechnology.
The hardest part of university life is choosing exactly what it is you want to get involved in – there is so much to offer from clubs and societies, to sport and theatre. Getting involved in these activities can be a great way to enrich your university experience. However, with so many options it can be a fine balance because you still want to leave enough time for your studies!
For more information on clubs and societies, see here.
Eileen Phoenix Aquino Lam
"I am specifically interested in viruses; how they can affect our immune system and how they have co-evolved with us." -Eileen
Studying here at the University of Melbourne is not just studying for me. It has meant new friends I have met from lectures, clubs and events. I am very blessed to have met all these amazing wonderful people some of whom have become my close friends.
I have always loved science since a young girl. Watching all those Animal Planet and Discovery Channel documentaries has fuelled my love for science. Having great science teachers from a very young age and seeing women in science has inspired me to pursue a career in science. Also just the wonderful world created around us has gotten me fascinated and amazed by the wonderful work and art that is life and science.
My dream career would be a biomedical researcher, particularly in the areas of microbiology/immunology, working in the lab with other cool scientists from all different science backgrounds. I am specifically interested in viruses and how they can affect our immune system and how they have co-evolved with us. There is also so much we don’t know about microbiology and immunology that I can’t help but wonder what is out there for us to discover.
While at high school, I was still sheltered under my teachers. Coming to university, I just didn’t expect the amount of freedom but also self-responsibility that came with it. Suddenly there was no one at university to hold my hand. But I also realised that the helping hands so many students seek of are actually just there; not holding onto us but beside us so that whenever we need help, we can always reach out and hold on to a hand.
Eileen has achieved the Leaders in Communities Award (LiCA).
Find out more about LiCA here.
"I've really enjoyed the variety and scope that I’ve experienced with my subjects, as well as practical components such as field trips and camps to locations outside of Melbourne." -Harriet
I’ve always loved animals and the environment, and I hope to contribute to the conservation of organisms and ecosystems by learning about ecology and conservation and gaining practical research skills. I was attracted by the broad range of subjects offered throughout the Faculty of Science, as well as the ability to choose a more specific focus and pathway later in the degree.
I really appreciate the flexibility of study within my course at the University of Melbourne, and the university’s great reputation both locally and internationally helps to be more confident about the quality of education and post-graduation employment prospects. I’ve also really enjoyed the friendly and welcoming atmosphere and the wide variety of extra-curricular activities offered, such as student-run clubs which cater for a huge range of interests!
I've really enjoyed the variety and scope that I’ve experienced with my subjects, as well as practical components such as field trips and camps to locations outside of Melbourne. I’ve also been able to follow my passion and carry out a number of research-focused subjects in my third year, meaning that I’ve been able to enjoy my time studying while still gaining useful skills for after graduation.
Kok Loong Chu
"I was inspired to pursue Veterinary Medicine by my passion for animals and the innate desire to want to see all animals in their best health." -Kok Loong
I chose the University of Melbourne because of its proximity to Singapore (compared to America or UK), the study pathway via the Melbourne Model, the prestige of the school, people who had studied here telling me it was great, and finally because Melbourne is a really awesome place with so much to offer! So far I have met amazing friends from all walks of life, from all over the world.
The university has opened a door to many exciting opportunities ahead and allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian. I was inspired to pursue Veterinary Medicine by my passion for animals and the innate desire to want to see all animals in their best health. I hope to be able to treat all kinds of animals and also wish to be the owner of a world-class veterinary clinic.
"My dream career is to work in a multinational pharmaceutical company as a business development manager, where I travel the world and interact with new people." -Michelle
My introduction to biotechnology was when I was taught genetic engineering at school. I took biotechnology as a core subject during high school and never looked back since. I went on to do my Bachelors and now Masters in the same field, broadening my knowledge and experience.
Attending numerous workshops, seminars and networking events have benefited my professional development as a graduate student. I get the opportunity to meet passionate individuals from the industry, exchange ideas and obtain career advice.
The University of Melbourne is where I invest in myself, embrace the challenges and pursue my passion ruthlessly to achieve my goals. There are lot of career options after my Biotechnology degree, which I did not realise before. My dream career is to work in a multinational pharmaceutical company as a business development manager, where I travel the world and interact with new people.
For more information on industry and career events, see here.
"Listen to advice, but in the end, make the choice that you are happiest with, strive towards your goal, and you will do extremely well." -Nathan
I initially chose the Bachelor of Biomedicine, and completed my first year in that course. However, I did not find that course to be personally fulfilling, as it left many of my interests such as physics and engineering, unanswered, and so I transferred to the Bachelor of Science at the beginning of my second year. I can honestly say that this was one of the best decisions that I have made, as Science has been extremely rewarding, interesting, exciting and inspiring. The subjects are incredibly challenging yet rewarding at the same time, and really explore the potential of each student. Additionally the University of Melbourne fosters a wonderful environment to make and deepen friendships, which is definitely an important highlight for me.
I don’t actually have a particularly dream career that I want to strive towards. Going forwards into the future, there will be so many new jobs created that don’t exist now, in conjunction with all the careers that do exist now that I don’t yet know about. I am keen to explore and broaden my horizons, and find a career that is rewarding and fulfilling.
University has taught me how big the world really is. It is so easy to get caught up in school life and the school routine, and to sometimes forget that so much is happening in the world that we are unaware of. There is so much knowledge out there, so many intelligent people, and so many ways to help you grow in character. It is okay to feel a little overwhelmed at everything, but there are many services at the university, career counsellors, the internet, and people who are there to help you. Listen to advice, but in the end, make the choice that you are happiest with, strive towards your goal, and you will do extremely well.
For careers advice and more information, see here.
"The Melbourne Model is structured so that you can try a variety of subjects. This way, you have the opportunity to try a whole range of subjects and see what suits you the best." -Nayana
After attending the Open Day, I knew I wanted to study at the University of Melbourne. I loved the idea of being able to call this beautiful campus home, and knowing that I would be able to get a world class education during my time here made my decision very easy. I also did not want to go into a very specific degree straight out of high school, so the Melbourne Model suited me well.
Coming into my degree, I wasn’t sure if I had made the right choice doing a Bachelor of Science. That said, during my first year I took a wide range of classes to try out different aspects of science and found myself in a stream that I am now in, and love! My time here is making me a better, well-rounded person and will hopefully help me achieve my future goals.
I went on exchange to America and studied at the University of Virginia for a semester. This was an incredible experience as for five months, my life consisted of meeting people from all around the world, experiencing life as an American student and travelling. I could not recommend going on exchange enough. It really opened my eyes up to possibilities for the future and, in the process, I made lifelong friends dotted around the globe.
Don’t worry too much about whether you’ve made the right choice in terms of what you are studying. The Melbourne Model is structured so that you can try a variety of subjects. This way, you have the opportunity to try a whole range of subjects and see what suits you the best.
For more information on exchange opportunities, see here.
"I would like to be able to benefit disadvantaged nations whose people lack the technological benefits I’m fortunate enough as a citizen of a first world state to consider mundane." -Phil
Science is endlessly fascinating. So much that is mysterious has been demystified by science throughout history, and yet for evermore there will exist phenomena awaiting explanation. I love ideas and this area of study fuels an already keen interest in understanding the world surrounding me.
Melbourne’s high entry standards results in every student you meet having some positive combination of smarts and work ethic, with engaging opinions and ideas of their own. This creates a dynamic atmosphere within which to both become educated and grow as a person.
I would like to be able to benefit disadvantaged nations whose people lack the technological benefits I’m fortunate enough as a citizen of a first world state to consider mundane – such as potable water. Humanity needs to push forward, to look beyond perceived limitations and find solutions to global challenges, and I want to be a part of it. I see the study of engineering as equipping me with the tools to make the most of my talents to this end.
"Never be afraid to try new things. The opportunities provided here to develop yourself are endless." -Ruchir
Prior to studying at the University of Melbourne, I did a research B.Sc (Hons) at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, with a thesis in mead fermentation. I wanted to do a degree in coursework to learn more about the industry and make myself more employable in the future, which led me to the Master of Biotechnology.
Throughout the course, the modules along with my interactions with faculty, industrialists and peers in my field have been valuable to my career path. The degree includes many business subjects useful for learning industrial concepts such as financing and product development in biotechnology companies. Melbourne has a good start-up scene and a booming biotech (healthcare, food) industry.
Current research developments in the biotechnology field and the variety and breadth of applications of this field in everyday life fuelled my interest to join this study area. I didn’t expect to learn how deeply interconnected biotechnology and business are. My dream career is to own a start-up company specialising in wine-making in South Australia.
Completing the internship subject has been a key highlight of my studies. Mine was at the School of Applied and Biomedical Science Federation University, where I was made to perform a variety of tasks and assessments related to brewing and malting sciences. This internship subject and placement made me more job ready and willing to compete in industrial environments.
Never be afraid to try new things. The opportunities provided here to develop yourself are endless… smart work and humour are keys to success!
"Breadth has enabled me to appreciate the non-scientific parts of society, such as the history and the development of the Japanese language." -Selena
The high-tech laboratory facilities and the dedication to science of our enthusiastic academics during open day talks, really appealed to me about this university. In addition, there are numerous research facilities partnering with the University of Melbourne, and I think being a Melbourne University student gives you more opportunities to network with project managers and senior demonstrators.
I knew I liked science but I wasn’t sure which specific field I wanted to study or work in. The best advice I can give would be to get involved with university events such as career talks, discovery tours or club and societies, to get more understanding of what kind of person you are and what you are really dedicated in doing. This will definitely help you with your course planning.
Studying Japanese as breadth has been more than merely introducing vocabulary and grammar; it is a combination of exploring new ways of learning to maximise our understanding of the Japanese culture as well as improving team work skills. It has enabled me to appreciate the non-scientific parts of society such as the history and the development of the Japanese language.
For more information on breadth subjects, see here.
"Go up and talk to people, ask questions, join clubs, do subjects that aren't with your friends - don't be afraid to jump a little bit out of your comfort zone." -Serina
I've always been interested in science as it explains so much of what happens around us. Particularly, I am so fascinated by the human mind and body and its ability to function in everyday life without us needing any conscious control over it. In terms of career I'd love to be able to work on the human brain as I'm constantly fascinated by that, but in terms of whether that means in research or further into the realms of medicine - I just don't know yet.
Through studying at Melbourne I've been able to push my boundaries in terms of what I've been able to learn and experience. I have loved the broad variety of subjects I’ve taken and the resources particular topics use to reinforce learning. Currently, I’m doing 3rd year anatomy subjects which use real human cadaveric tissue and it is so surreal that the layers you see in text books are actually there physically!
I think the biggest thing about university is you have to really embrace the experience. Go up and talk to people, ask questions, join clubs, do subjects that aren't with your friends - don't be afraid to jump a little bit out of your comfort zone.
I always had a passion for science and I’ve always known I wanted to study at The University of Melbourne. The Bachelor of Science stood out to me as the perfect degree that offered flexibility and relatable post graduate study. My dream career is to work in rehabilitation or sport as a physiotherapist.
Studying here has meant that I’ve been able to move out of home into the wonderful city, meet a large circle of new friends and discover hundreds of new things I am interested in learning. The highlights of my degree have included meeting heaps of new people (including lecturers and professionals), changing my major (many times), discovering new aspects of science that interest me, attending uni events and engaging in so many opportunities.
Taking part in the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program helped me decide that I wanted to definitely study at UoM. It allowed me to explore the campus and meet new people and continues to give me excellent opportunities.
For more information on the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program, see here.
Studying at the University of Melbourne has been a great experience so far. I’ve developed various skills like critical thinking and problem solving through my assignments, and this year I'm getting industry exposure as I complete my industry project. In an industry project, groups of four as assigned an industry and are asked to make a commercialisation plan for it. I have also made many amazing friends by joining various types of clubs and societies.
A highlight of my studies has been attending various networking and careers events during the first year of my Masters. They gave me opportunities to interact with my potential employers and insight into what they are looking for in an employee. My dream career is to work as a product manager in a pharmaceutical company, as I think working in that field will help me to enhance my skills and broaden my knowledge.
For more information on careers and industry events, see here.
At the University of Melbourne, I have been so fortunate to be able to join so many different extra-curricular activities and other external opportunities, such as volunteering in science classrooms with In2Science, as well as going on exchange to Bristol in the UK in semester 2 of my second year. These experiences have allowed me to develop so many skills which I wouldn't have previously had, and were also some of the highlights of my tertiary study experience. Going on exchange was one of the best decisions I have made, and I would definitely recommend it to everyone who is willing to step outside their comfort zone and explore somewhere new.
The Bachelor of Science is a fantastic degree which allows you to keep your options open and not lock yourself in to one specific career pathway. You will discover so many fields of science, and have many opportunities to develop skills applicable to a diverse range of workplaces. There are also great internship and research opportunities, which are incredibly helpful in gaining experience and knowledge.
My advice to prospective students of the University of Melbourne would be to keep your options open in first year, because you never know what area you might find interesting, or what subjects might appeal to you that you have never tried before.
Ever since I was a child I wanted to study the stars, and that inspired me to pursue astrophysics. That led to a general love of physics and mathematics, which is why I chose to major in Physics at university. I like understanding why things happen at a fundamental level and physics lets me do this.
The highlights of my studies thus far have been having the opportunity to get involved with so many extracurricular activities, and getting to know my department really well. The Physics department has a great relationship with students and makes you feel very welcome.
Do your research and make sure you're aware of any prerequisite subjects you should be taking in year 12 to ensure you can continue with certain topics (such as maths) straight away, as some individual university subjects will have different prerequisites to the actual 'Bachelor of Science' course. Also, consider and be open to the freedom you could have at Melbourne with the Bachelor of Science, as you are able to select from so many different subject disciplines (in first year especially) that it's very easy to tailor a degree to you and what you like.
For more advice on course planning, see here.
After working in the water monitoring industry for four years, I decided that I would like to learn more about the policy decisions being made regarding resource management, and more broadly, how the system could work better.
I've enjoyed the opportunity to learn from experts in their fields, and meet new people who are driven to create change. The Master of Environment course attracts a combination of professionals coming back to study after a period in the workforce, and students continuing on from their undergraduate studies.
The flexible structure of the course has allowed me to study in both science and social science disciplines. Being able to embark on a 50 point research project has also given me the opportunity to explore a topic of interest in much greater depth than standard subjects allow.
My advice would be to ask everyone questions. The course (Master of Environment) has so many good classes to choose from, and student experiences are the best way to find out which classes will suit your needs best. Also, don't be afraid to try new things. Whether it's being involved in extracurricular organisations like the Postgraduate Environmental Network, or taking a breadth subject from a completely different field to what you're studying. You never know where making the most of the opportunities the University offer might take you.
I have an interest in science and I particularly enjoy studying Mathematics as it is very useful, interesting, and fun.
At the moment I don't really have a dream career, I'm really just seeing where the winds will take me. I know I will be equipped with the skills for a good career path and I will be open to many opportunities after I graduate. The high level and standards of education at UoM has made me aware of how privileged I am to be studying here.
My advice would be to enjoy every moment of studying, as hard as that may sound, so that you actually learn the content and don’t solely care about the marks. Science requires a lot of hard work and motivation to understand content; therefore, it is essential to have an interest in learning. What's most important is the 'big picture' to get life-long knowledge and skills applicable to your area of study.
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.
Li Ren Lim
Science became my interest the day I watched Bill Nye the Science Guy back in primary school, and the fascinating and amazing world of science has captured my heart ever since. When choosing a major, biotechnology really stood out to me as the most multidisciplinary major there is. From the ancient art of fermentation (wine and cheese) to genetic manipulation, biotechnology is a field that continues to grow, with limitless boundaries. My dream career is to be involved in a start-up science company; to help develop its business, establish the brand name and commercialise its intellectual properties. I think it is truly rewarding to see a company establishing its roots and growing to become a major industry player.
I think that the Master of Biotechnology provides you with technical know-how and applications of scientific theories in the workplace. It also equips you with professional skills that are useful in the industry. Through interactions with peers, industry representatives and lecturers, I have gained a better understanding of my field and industry. If you are interested in how products are commercialised from scientists’ intellectual properties (findings/ research), or if you are interested in being a science communicator and providing the public with facts (debunking perceptions of GMOs and others), this is the course for you!
Being an international student, my time here at the university is an opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone and experience the countless amazing things out there. My course specifically has a diverse pool of students coming from different backgrounds and has been a great place for intercultural exchanges and understanding. I think the university has allowed me to grow personally, learn new skills and is helping to prepare me for my future career.
I was inspired to pursue physics because I've always been really interested in how things worked at a fundamental level and why everything exists the way it does. The fact that objects and systems of such different scales could be connected somehow baffles me, and it seemed like physics, particularly particle physics, was a good place to go to get the answers I craved about the fundamental structure of the universe. The highlights of my studies have been going on exchange, and doing third year subjects where the content became more practical and applicable to the real world.
Studying at UoM meant gaining independence and a flexibility in what I chose to study during undergraduate. Being able to take arts courses that I've always been really interested in were both super enjoyable, and helped me to decide to ultimately pursue physics in Masters, knowing that I wouldn't feel like I'd missed out on another opportunity I might've enjoyed just as much.
My dream career is to work in research, hopefully in the particle physics sphere. I'd love to contribute to something that years from now was seen as something ground-breaking in that field. My advice would be to study smart, not necessarily hard, and not to give up when the workload feels overwhelming. Don't be afraid to study the things you love, not just the things you're good at, because those are the courses I've found the most rewarding.
During my exchange I studied at the University of California, Berkeley in the USA. I loved it, and would highly recommend it to other students. Studying at Berkeley, a university with a strong leaning towards my area of interest, was incredibly eye opening and gave me the drive I needed to be sure I could undertake graduate studies. I had to opportunity to work with experts in my field, as well as do some travelling during and after my study.
For more information on exchange opportunities, see here.
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.
I was inspired to pursue science by the ever-changing nature of the field, with new techniques, technologies and knowledge continually in development. A major in Human structure and function provides a challenging yet engaging pathway to a career centralised around the study of the human body.
I have enjoyed the intellectual challenges posed by the university academics and my fellow students. I feel as though this is a driving force which stimulates my desire for learning, and continued passion to engage in a career in science. Being in an environment of like-minded individuals has really aided me in striving for my goals, and provides great support during semester as everyone helps each other out. The clubs and societies at the University provide intrinsic connections to fellow students, which provide essential nourishment for friendships to grow.
Studying at UoM has provided me with the opportunity to engage with the global community, and pursue my interest in the field of science. This has been made possible by the numerous opportunities the university provides, such as the opportunity to volunteer within the university community, providing exceptional academic services and support, and connecting Australian students with a diverse range of students from across the world.
I have been in the Science stream throughout high school and am interested how and why people behave in certain ways. My interest in psychology also came about via exposure to the media's portrayal of different mental health issues.
Studying at the University of Melbourne has meant that I have achieved an item from my bucket list, which is to study abroad from Malaysia. My advice would be to give any subject a try (even as a breadth or elective) because you won't know how much you enjoy something until you have tried it.
One of the major highlights in my studies so far has been receiving a congratulatory letter that I was one of the top 3 students for my breadth in Finance 1. It was my breadth subject in my first semester and finance was an entirely new area of studies for me. I didn't expect to do very well but I did study harder to make up for it, and the hard work certainly paid off when I got my results. I was beyond surprised when I got the letter.
For more information on breadth and elective options, see here.