Brian – studying Health Science/Commerce

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Hi! My name is Brian and I have just completed the Bachelor of Health Sciences and am in my first year of a Bachelor of Commerce. It was not until year 12 when I participated in the HSC Kickstart Physics program, that I was certain the University of Sydney is the right choice. The international reputation, architecture and vibrant student life won me over. Read more about how I got to Sydney Uni.

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Q&A with Brian

Who has made the biggest impact on your life so far, and why?
My parents. Their dedication in overcoming hardship to raise my brothers and I inspire me to make the most of everything.

Would you rather be able to slam dunk or be able to breakdance?
Slam dunk.

Have you been involved in any extra-curricular activities at Sydney Uni?
Between 2011–2013, I had the privilege to work with peers and academics in designing a mentoring program for Health Sciences students. As a team, we obtained over $37,000 in funding and presented at two conferences. We are also expecting to have an academic paper published and present at a conference in New Zealand this year.

How would your best friend describe you?
Reliable and outgoing.

Any tips for getting through the HSC?
My top tip is to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle. That includes eating well, doing exercise and having plenty of sleep. Also, be consistent and set realistic goals. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that you have tried your best!

My path to Sydney

Choosing Sydney Uni was the easy part. Choosing the right course was difficult. I have always wanted to pursue a career that involves working with people and making a difference.

Not receiving my first course preference was a major disappointment. I enrolled into a Bachelor of Health Science as an alternative pathway into the Masters of Physiotherapy. In retrospect, it was the best choice ever, and if I had to do it again, I would choose this pathway.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences has given me an array of extra-curricular opportunities that I never have imagined. Over the past two years I have had the privilege to be part of a year representative team led by Dr Melanie Nguyen. As a team we designed and implemented a peer-mentoring program for Bachelor of Health Sciences students.

The success of the program contributed to a faculty-wide initiative called Belong@FHS. This program offers peer-mentoring opportunities to all undergraduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The project management and research skills that I have gained were invaluable. Outside of university I also worked as a project assistant. Getting involved in extra-curricular activities and gaining work experience outside of my studies opened up many opportunities including becoming a Faculty and University Ambassador.

The flexible structure of the Bachelor of Health Science is perhaps what I like most about the course. On top of my core units, like Neuroscience, Muscoskeletal Anatomy and Health Service Strategy and Policy, I was also able to study electives outside the faculty, including Project Management and Design. Studying this elective put my role in the peer-mentoring program and project assistant job into perspective.

It was not until my final year in Health Sciences when I discovered my career ambition. I attended an alumni evening and met a recent Bachelor of Health Sciences graduate who now works at ANZ. Hearing their success story confirmed my decision to pursue a career in the corporate health sector.

Completing the Bachelor of Health Science and starting the Bachelor of Commerce has taken me one step closer to fulfilling my goal in becoming a chartered accountant in the health industry. I am very excited and am looking forward to applying for the Industry Placement Program in The University of Sydney Business School. This will help me gain real-world industry experience before graduating.

Venturing into higher education without the guidance of my parents was not easy. Nevertheless it has pushed me to discover and pursue my true potential. I am really happy and proud to be a student of the University of Sydney.