Sam Blackburn

Sam Blackburn

Sam Blackburn

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2016
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
  • Major(s): Ecology and conservation biology; Zoology

Why did you decide to study science?  
I was always interested in science and nature growing up and throughout school. After a semester-long foray into an Arts degree, the transition into a Science degree only seemed even more like the right thing to pursue.

What made you choose Monash Uni in particular?
Moving to Melbourne from regional Victoria, it was the residential services that initially swayed my decision. The support services available, and the general positivity of the campus community, are a real credit to the culture that Monash has been able to build. Not to mention the world-class facilities and teaching staff!

What's your favourite aspect of studying science? 
There are so many cool things going on throughout the world around us that wouldn’t be evident one bit at first glance. I find being able to study the questions surrounding some of these, and then objectively sharing the findings with a wider audience, to be super rewarding.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
I think I’ll try to spend as much time travelling as I can afford! I really want to hike to Everest Base Camp once I’m out of the Uni system, and to just enjoy having a bit more freedom to see different corners of the world and to just do what I want to do for a bit – especially before being ‘locked into’ a 9 to 5!

What has been the highlight of your science degree so far?
Probably realising what it is that interests me most – it’s been a bit of a roundabout journey to this stage – and being able to hone in and refine my focus to these particular areas.

What's the biggest misconception you had about studying science before you started your course? 
That it was a course where communication and social skills weren’t a focus and rather ‘numbers’ were the language – rather, the ability to explain the science to an audience is perhaps the most valued skill.

If you were to give some advice to someone who's thinking about studying at Monash Science, what would you say? 
Go in with an open mind to trying new things and experiences that you haven’t had the chance to before – University is as much about personal growth as it academic!