James Ha

Bachelor of Science student, James Ha, gives his advice to future students.

As science branches ever further outwards, it has become increasingly difficult for scientists to specialise in multiple areas. I hope to be able to communicate science across disciplinary boundaries and to synthesise and distil the information down to a level where policy-makers can use it effectively.

I attended two youth science forums, NYSF (Perth, 2013) and LIYSF (London, 2013), and was fortunate to hear from several distinguished scientists and to see science in action at facilities such as CERN. I found it fascinating that chemistry could explain physical phenomena by considering interactions between the smallest of objects.

The University has a great reputation, excellent facilities and is conveniently located close to home. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to study so the flexibility and breadth options of the BSc were influential as they allowed me to try a variety of disciplines.

Studying at the University has meant being a part of a high-achieving community of like-minded individuals. I feel that my degree is preparing me with the necessary skills to effect positive change in our increasingly globalised society. The other students at the University constantly amaze me with their diverse talents and their commitment to education.

That said, there are so many pressures at university and outside, from academic workload to part time jobs to maintaining relationships and personal health. It's important to build a network of friends on whom you can depend when life starts to feel like it's slipping out of control.

Also, take time to read up on some science before you start your degree; find a discipline that you can connect with. Don’t avoid a subject because it's challenging - try to find the benefits you can gain from studying it, in the context of your degree.

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