Grace

Grace

Introduction:
Grace is a Bachelor of biomedicine student at the University of Melbourne. She is in her third year.

Which campus are you at?
Parkville
 
What majors/sub-majors are you completing?
Human structure and function
Anatomy
Pathology
 
What year are you in?
3rd Year
 
In what year do you expect to graduate?
2012


Please explain, imagining that the person you are explaining to knows nothing or very little about university, what the requirements are to graduate from your degree?
Well it’s 3 years and you do theory of anatomy, physiology, that sort of thing. You get to do lab work and study the theory behind it, how research is carried out etc. In third year we study the frontiers of biomedicine, and how new research advances are made.
Every semester we study a subject from outside of our faculty, where I studied Japanese. I like that because it’s a way of keeping your options open.
 
What are your 3-5 favourite aspects of your degree?
I really like the breadth element of the course, which allowed me to pursue a language.
I also really liked doing dissections
It was also really good for making friends. The fact that it’s so structured means that it’s easy to get to know people quickly. By third year everyone has gotten to know each other.


What are your 3-5 least favourite aspects of your degree
The compulsory biochemistry subjects are really tricky.
I really don’t like the 8am starts.
The workload is really heavy. It’s not uncommon to have 3 pracs in a week and that takes up 2-3 afternoons.
 
How many hours of class do you have and how many hours do you spend studying outside of class time?
It varies depending on if you have pracs. I’d say a minimum of 16 as maximum of 24-25.
 
Study is about 2 hours per night then a bit more on weekends.
 
How do you find the helpfulness of academic staff?
The lecturers are generally are really organised. The lecturers that covered frontiers in biomedicine really knew their stuff and it was clearly their passion. Jenny Hayes is an amazing anatomy lecturer, but everyone there is really good.
 
What have you heard about the same or similar degree at other universities?
I’m not sure about biomed exactly but other universities seem to be more practically based. That said, there are opportunities at Melbourne to gain practical experience too. One thing I did was a thing called the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which is an undergraduate opportunity to work in a lab. So there are still a lot of opportunities through the university outside of the curriculum.
 
What made you choose this degree at this university?
It was my first ‘realistic’ choice. My first actual choice was med at Melbourne, which is now not on offer for undergraduate students. I put down biomed because I thought Melbourne University was a good institution, it was close, and the breadth option to continue Japanese was really appealing.
 
What are your 3-5 favourite aspects of your university?
I like that it seems prestigious and that it’s recognised. It’s not just an ego-thing, more that I feel comfortable knowing that it’s setting me on track for a good career.
The location is really good and it’s easy to access from home.
Everyone that I come across wants to do well, so the culture is really encouraging.
 
What are your 3-5 least favourite aspects of your university
It’s also a bit stressful because everyone’s really competitive.
There is a bit of a pretentious culture too. My sister heard someone on the tram the other day going on and on about how good Melbourne Uni is – I really hope I’m not like that laughs
 
 
What were the hardest adjustments coming from school to university?
Organising your day, and organising what to learn. I feel like we’re really spoon-fed in school, whereas at uni you’re much more in control of what you’re doing.
 
Was this degree your first choice?
It was my first ‘realistic’ choice. I wanted to study Medicine as an undergraduate student, but it’s not even on offer anymore.
 
How do you find the social aspects/events of this university and do you get involved with them?
I went to the biomed ball and booze cruise. I occasionally went to the Japanese club events. I also did the Melbourne Marathon with the university. They supplied us with a singlet, food and massages.
 
Do you aim to do further study after your undergraduate degree?
I really want to study Medicine next semester.


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  • What do you want to do when you leave uni?

 
What are the things you wish you had known in first year?
I wish I was more aware of how good the student clubs and societies are. I was a bit apprehensive to get involved with them initially but they’re great.


Where did you grow up? And if you moved for uni, why?
Melbourne.
 
Do you live at home/college/sharehouse/other?
I live at home. The financial benefits are very appealing for me


How do you get to uni and how long does it take?
I go by bike and it takes about thirty minutes.
 
Do you work casually/part time?
Yes, I worked at a hairdresser three nights per week, and then I worked in a lab one day per week. I think it’s really good to fit in work if you can.
 
How would you summarise your time at uni in one sentence?
A caterpillar growing into a sparkling butterfly.
 
Please list any 2-3 of the following!
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a marine biologist, because I liked the beach and biology.
What is your favourite holiday destination or adventure?
Anywhere at the beach
Where’s the best place to study?
What’s your dream job?
Being a doctor in Japan
Where’s the best place to eat or have coffee on or off campus?
Do you play sport or watch? And who or what do you watch?
I do running, yoga and triathlons
Which campus are you at?
Parkville
 
What majors/sub-majors are you completing?
Human structure and function
Anatomy
Pathology
 
What year are you in?
3rd Year
 
In what year do you expect to graduate?
2012


Please explain, imagining that the person you are explaining to knows nothing or very little about university, what the requirements are to graduate from your degree?
Well it’s 3 years and you do theory of anatomy, physiology, that sort of thing. You get to do lab work and study the theory behind it, how research is carried out etc. In third year we study the frontiers of biomedicine, and how new research advances are made.
Every semester we study a subject from outside of our faculty, where I studied Japanese. I like that because it’s a way of keeping your options open.
 
What are your 3-5 favourite aspects of your degree?
I really like the breadth element of the course, which allowed me to pursue a language.
I also really liked doing dissections
It was also really good for making friends. The fact that it’s so structured means that it’s easy to get to know people quickly. By third year everyone has gotten to know each other.


What are your 3-5 least favourite aspects of your degree
The compulsory biochemistry subjects are really tricky.
I really don’t like the 8am starts.
The workload is really heavy. It’s not uncommon to have 3 pracs in a week and that takes up 2-3 afternoons.
 
How many hours of class do you have and how many hours do you spend studying outside of class time?
It varies depending on if you have pracs. I’d say a minimum of 16 as maximum of 24-25.
 
Study is about 2 hours per night then a bit more on weekends.
 
How do you find the helpfulness of academic staff?
The lecturers are generally are really organised. The lecturers that covered frontiers in biomedicine really knew their stuff and it was clearly their passion. Jenny Hayes is an amazing anatomy lecturer, but everyone there is really good.
 
What have you heard about the same or similar degree at other universities?
I’m not sure about biomed exactly but other universities seem to be more practically based. That said, there are opportunities at Melbourne to gain practical experience too. One thing I did was a thing called the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which is an undergraduate opportunity to work in a lab. So there are still a lot of opportunities through the university outside of the curriculum.
 
What made you choose this degree at this university?
It was my first ‘realistic’ choice. My first actual choice was med at Melbourne, which is now not on offer for undergraduate students. I put down biomed because I thought Melbourne University was a good institution, it was close, and the breadth option to continue Japanese was really appealing.
 
What are your 3-5 favourite aspects of your university?
I like that it seems prestigious and that it’s recognised. It’s not just an ego-thing, more that I feel comfortable knowing that it’s setting me on track for a good career.
The location is really good and it’s easy to access from home.
Everyone that I come across wants to do well, so the culture is really encouraging.
 
What are your 3-5 least favourite aspects of your university
It’s also a bit stressful because everyone’s really competitive.
There is a bit of a pretentious culture too. My sister heard someone on the tram the other day going on and on about how good Melbourne Uni is – I really hope I’m not like that laughs
 
 
What were the hardest adjustments coming from school to university?
Organising your day, and organising what to learn. I feel like we’re really spoon-fed in school, whereas at uni you’re much more in control of what you’re doing.
 
Was this degree your first choice?
It was my first ‘realistic’ choice. I wanted to study Medicine as an undergraduate student, but it’s not even on offer anymore.
 
How do you find the social aspects/events of this university and do you get involved with them?
I went to the biomed ball and booze cruise. I occasionally went to the Japanese club events. I also did the Melbourne Marathon with the university. They supplied us with a singlet, food and massages.
 
Do you aim to do further study after your undergraduate degree?
I really want to study Medicine next semester.
 

  1. What do you want to do when you leave uni?

Be an intern at a hospital then hopefully become a doctor!
 
What are the things you wish you had known in first year?
I wish I was more aware of how good the student clubs and societies are. I was a bit apprehensive to get involved with them initially but they’re great.


Where did you grow up? And if you moved for uni, why?
Melbourne.
 
Do you live at home/college/sharehouse/other?
I live at home. The financial benefits are very appealing for me


How do you get to uni and how long does it take?
I go by bike and it takes about thirty minutes.
 
Do you work casually/part time?
Yes, I worked at a hairdresser three nights per week, and then I worked in a lab one day per week. I think it’s really good to fit in work if you can.
 
How would you summarise your time at uni in one sentence?
A caterpillar growing into a sparkling butterfly.
 
Please list any 2-3 of the following!
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a marine biologist, because I liked the beach and biology.
What is your favourite holiday destination or adventure?
Anywhere at the beach
Where’s the best place to study?
What’s your dream job?
Being a doctor in Japan
Where’s the best place to eat or have coffee on or off campus?
Do you play sport or watch? And who or what do you watch?
I do running, yoga and triathlons
 

Be an intern at a hospital then hopefully become a doctor!