Recipient of the 2015 Victorian Rhodes Scholarship, Bachelor of Science graduate Alexander Eastwood, reflects on his studies at the University of Melbourne.
Two of my favourite subjects at VCE were Biology and Chemistry. I can still recall those moments in class when certain theories and concepts would click and that flame of interest would intensify. Given this broad interest in the sciences, the flexibility of the Bachelor of Science was particularly attractive. I also wanted to continue the study of a second language without having to enrol in a double degree. I learnt that I could do so through the Breadth component of the new Melbourne degree, and, at the same time, complete a Diploma in Languages.
I remain very grateful for the ability to swap subjects and segue between disciplines. Looking back, I don't think that I really knew which major I wanted to pursue at the end of Year 12, or even after my first year. I took core and elective subjects from the life, health and chemical sciences, changing my intended major twice along the way. Through teaching me so much, the Bachelor of Science has demonstrated to me how much there still is to know. I think it was the breadth and depth of my interests that made it all possible.
If you harbour a passion for science - the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the world and universe - consider the Bachelor of Science. You don't need to know what exactly you want to do, or who you want to be, but I would invite you to consider giving yourself the time and space to explore and discover the different disciplines belonging to the life, physical, chemical and information sciences.
Australia and the world need more scientists! The critical and analytical skills gained are of indispensable use to any field or profession. You will also make a lot of friends from all over the state, country, and world, as well as having a lot of fun.