Ashé – studying Science
I finished high school at Taree High on the Mid-North Coast studying largely sciences and mathematics. In year 10 I competed in a neuroscience competition and absolutely fell in love with the subject, leading to my decision to study a science degree with a major in neuroscience.
In my final year of science, I applied for the graduate medical program at the University of Sydney. While I've loved studying neuroscience, I decided that I wanted to work with people on a team environment and also to help others in the short term rather than waiting for my research to have an impact on the population. Medicine has been an intense onslaught of information, but the information is fascinating and we have the opportunity to apply it from day one on our clinical days. I look forward to starting every year of university and I'm still amazed by the number of opportunities at university. Read more about how I got to Sydney Uni.
I can talk to you about:
- how to apply for scholarships
- moving from a regional town to Sydney
- what it’s like to live on campus.
Q&A with Ashé
What would you do if you had a time machine?
I’d definitely go forward to learn about the type of technologies being used for both the climate and education. How great would it be to discover HSC mathematics in pill form?
What is the biggest difference between uni and school?
Life at university is really what you make of it. You can put in as little or as much effort as you want, because nobody’s looking over your shoulder. Plus there are so many great extras, for example talks from visiting academics on wine or the psychology of fear.
Would you rather always have to say everything on your mind or never speak again, and why?
I could probably use a bit of editing sometimes, so I’ll go for the never speaking again. I don’t think the world needs to know all of the crazy things going on in my head and technology is allowing alternatives to speech to become viable.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Passionate, nerdy and outgoing.
Any tips for getting through the HSC?
Put in your all, but also remember there's life after the HSC. Take some time to drink tea and go for a run to de-stress and give your brain a break.
I chose to study neuroscience and wasn’t exactly sure where this would take me, but I knew that I would enjoy the content. That really gave me the confidence to know there would be an enjoyable job at the end of it.
Next came the decision of which university to attend and my school was quite focused on universities situated in country areas. I wanted to widen my view and really see what all of the universities were about, so I did some research and managed to get my mum on board to do a quick road trip to check out Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.
Once I saw the larger universities, I decided that I really wanted to be in the city. It felt as if I would have a very full university experience with so many things happening on campus as well as everything around the city to try when I found the time. I was most drawn to the University of Sydney for its location close to the CBD, the architecture, the facilities and the atmosphere.
When we went back to visit for Open Day I was confident that I had made the right decision and started to get quite excited about the coming year. I applied to live in one of the residential colleges in order to get the most out of my university experience.
Scholarships were a big focus of my final year at high school and I started researching them over the summer holidays of Year 12. When I started applying, I went for absolutely everything I was eligible for and spent quite some time preparing my applications. I managed to get both a University of Sydney Access Scholarship and a scholarship for my college, so the time I spent definitely paid off.
It’s important to realise that not all of the scholarships are gone before you reach university. Both my sister and I have continued to apply for scholarships and bursaries during our time at university. The scholarships I received have allowed me to focus on my classes and really enjoy the university environment while not having to work long hours during semester.
I am so happy to be able to study at the University of Sydney for both the academic aspect and also the lifestyle it gives to me.