Bachelor of Science student, Serina Wong, discusses her time at Melbourne and how she has adjusted to University-level study.
I've always been interested in science as it explains so much of what happens around us. I am particularly fascinated by the human mind and body and its ability to function in everyday life without us needing any conscious control over it.
I was involved in the University's Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar program which gives high school students the taste of what university culture is like. Safe to say I was sold by the environment, the culture and the people I was surrounded with.
Through studying at Melbourne I've been able to push my boundaries in terms of what I've been able to learn and experience. From a vast array of science subjects stemming from zoology to human anatomy involving real cadaveric dissections, my mind has exploded with information and knowledge since finishing high school.
I've undertaken some really interesting breadths such as drawing with anatomy as a winter intensive which was very different and highly enjoyable. I have loved the broad variety of subjects I’ve taken and the resources that particular topics use to reinforce learning. Currently, I’m doing 3rd year anatomy which uses real human cadaveric tissue and it is so surreal that the layers that you see in text books are actually there physically!
I didn’t expect to learn how to redefine my style of learning. From high school I thought notes and colour coding were how you remember things. But by actually taking in the information and learning it in a more active approach, consolidates the information so much more and saves a lot of time in the long run. It’s probably taken the whole 2 years of my degree to finally grasp that idea.
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 because it's only then that you actually start to enjoy your time at uni.