Claire Demeo: Immunology

You will discover so many fields of science, and have many opportunities to develop skills applicable to a diverse range of workplaces.

"At the University of Melbourne, I have been so fortunate to be able to join so many different extra-curricular activities and other external opportunities, such as volunteering in science classrooms with In2Science, as well as going on exchange to Bristol in the UK in semester 2 of my second year. These experiences have allowed me to develop so many skills which I wouldn't have previously had, and were also some of the highlights of my tertiary study experience. Going on exchange was one of the best decisions I have made, and I would definitely recommend it to everyone who is willing to step outside their comfort zone and explore somewhere new.

The Bachelor of Science is a fantastic degree which allows you to keep your options open and not lock yourself in to one specific career pathway. You will discover so many fields of science, and have many opportunities to develop skills applicable to a diverse range of workplaces. There are also great internship and research opportunities, which are incredibly helpful in gaining experience and knowledge.

A highlight of my science degree was the opportunity to study ‘breadth subjects’ as part of my degree. These are subjects outside of the science field, and cover a huge range of different disciplines. I chose to continue my love for Italian in my first year, doing two Italian language subjects. In my second year, I decided to do an intensive course in Auslan (Australian sign language) over the winter break, which I thoroughly enjoyed. There are so many subjects to choose from, both during semester, and as intensive subjects over the breaks, so I’m sure you’ll find one you love.

My advice to prospective students of the University of Melbourne would be to keep your options open in first year, because you never know what area you might find interesting, or what subjects might appeal to you that you have never tried before."

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This article originally appeared in Meet our Students on the Faculty of Science website.

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