Lachie Talbot

Bachelor of Science student, Lachie Talbot, talks about Access Melbourne - the University’s equity program for domestic students - and how to make the most of your time at Melbourne.

I was offered a place at the University of Melbourne as a mature age student via the Access Melbourne program. Having the ability to study at arguably Australia's finest academic institution has been a life changing opportunity, and I am grateful for every moment I have here.

The University's mission to diversify its cohort should inspire all future scientists to apply here. There is more on offer than just world class education. I have attended a huge range of personal development and enrichment courses, sparking interest in areas that two years ago I did not even know existed. Returning to study has been challenging but exceptionally rewarding. Perhaps the concept of "learning for life" has been the most important outcome I have achieved since returning to 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 have 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 plan 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 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.  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

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