Why did you choose to study science?
After completing year 12 I didn’t really know what I wanted to study. I received good results for the sciences at school (biology and chemistry — not physics!) and also really enjoyed studying them so I figured I might as well continue with science at university. I had also studied Japanese at high school and the degree allowed me to continue Japanese as my elective subject each semester.
What was the best thing about your course?
I loved the variety of the degree; there are so many pathways you can follow. From first year I was interested in the biological sciences so I completed subjects such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and neuroscience, but I had friends who majored in chemistry, mathematics, information technology and agricultural science. The other ‘best thing’ was the numerous friendships I made. There were more than 1000 other students in my year level so I was always meeting new people. And, although science had more contact hours than some of the other undergraduate degrees, there was still time for socialising!
What was the worst thing about your course?
For someone who knows exactly what career they want to head into, science would be rather frustrating, as you need to complete further study in order to be employable afterwards. Also, the elective subjects are really what you make of them. You can study languages (like Japanese), which, although really rewarding, can very time consuming. Alternatively, you can study subjects that require very little input, but you might find these to be a waste of time.
What did your course involve?
The three years were comprised of numerous lectures, tutorials and practicals. At the beginning of the degree I was at university five days a week; however, as I chose subjects with less practicals (not intentionally!) my contact hours were cut down to three to four days a week.
Have you found work in your field?
I haven’t yet tried to find work in my field. The year after I graduated I had a ‘gap’ year working in retail, babysitting and travelling. And the following year I started a postgraduate degree.
What advice would you give to students considering studying science?
I would recommend this degree to students who don’t really know exactly what they want to do after finishing school and enjoy science. It is broad but with the career advice available at university you really can head down any pathway. Attend all your lectures (or at least listen to them online). Finally, get involved in university clubs and societies. Try everything from the science society to sports clubs for their social activities.
Have you completed further study?
Yes, I have recently started the doctor of medicine. In order to apply for this degree I had to complete specific subjects during my science degree (anatomy, biochemistry and physiology) and I also had to sit an external examination called the GAMSAT..