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Student profile: Medical sciences

Meet Corinne Peebles
We caught up with medical sciences student, Corinne Peebles, to find out why she chose her degree and what it's like studying at the University of Sydney.
Medical sciences student

Why did you choose to study medical sciences? 

It started with my interest in dermatology when a close family member was diagnosed with skin cancer. I'm taking courses to learn about the successes and failures of Australia's health care system and how the world's current health organisations impact global health. 

What does a typical day at uni look like for you?

Each day is different, sometimes I just have lectures to go to, but other days I have practicals, labs, and/or tutorials too. Lately I've been using this time to find new study areas. Before I head home for the day, I like to walk around the quadrangle because it's so beautiful. 

What has surprised you most about your degree?

There is a new math & online course requirement for the Bachelor of Science. I recommend you plan to the best of your ability how you will fit these into your semesters over the next few years. 

What do you like most about studying at Usyd? 

I love that I get to walk around Australia's oldest university which has a peaceful feel to it as it is a distance from the busy/modern city. And I can jump on a train or bus and go to a beach or harbour the same day. There is always something new to try or a new place to visit so no week or weekend is ever the same. 

What advice would you give other students just starting out?

Challenge yourself in ways that will remind you of your strengths and weaknesses so you realise what you can work on. Try to join at least one academic club, one fun club, and one physical activity club, you will make friends of many different nationalities and backgrounds.