Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Meet  Ashlyn
Meet  Ashlyn
Meet Ashlyn

What do you study?

I am studying a Bachelor of Engineering degree, majoring in Chemical and Materials.

Why did you choose to study at UQ?

Since I can remember, UQ has been the university I wanted to complete my studies at. Both of my parents studied at UQ and from a young age I heard lots of stories, ranging from the great court to the sporting fields and the wonderful atmosphere UQ has. When I decided I wanted to study engineering, UQ was the perfect choice. Being the number 1 university in Queensland for engineering I knew I would receive the best education. I also really liked the format of the degree, with a flexible first year, which allowed me to understand what stream of engineering I really wanted to do before I had to decide. All of this combined with the easy commute is why I chose to study at UQ.

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

In high school I really enjoyed my maths and science subjects. They were full of challenges, problem solving, and teamwork and I realised I wanted to continue doing this outside of school. I chose to do engineering because I knew that it would allow me to continue these things in new and exciting ways. After first year I had to specialise, which was quite a difficult choice to make. After trying all the engineering electives, I had to decide which I liked most. Eventually I realised it was Engineering Thermodynamics (ENGG1500), which is what lead me to choose chemical engineering. The decision to do a dual major with materials then came naturally as I am fascinated by how materials are made and what makes them so good at what they do.

What advice do you have for prospective students interested in studying engineering, architecture, computer science and/or information technology at UQ?

I have two key pieces of advice I would give to prospective UQ students. Firstly, do what you love. Choosing a career path is stressful, there are many things to consider and it's easy to overthink and be peer pressured into choosing a degree that may not be the right one for you. However, by focusing on what you enjoy, you will understand what you want to do with your work and can then pick a degree that you are interested in and fits what you want to do. Secondly, be involved. The thing that has helped me the most in my engineering degree is the network of people I developed in my first semester at UQ. The first few weeks are packed full of new information, activities and assessments and it can be easy to fall behind. However, with people there to help and support you, university is easier and more enjoyable.

What is your favourite place on campus?

My favourite place on campus would be the First Year Learning Centre (FYELC). In first year, I spent a lot of time in the FYELC, which is an amazing place for first years to do work, receive help from tutors and meet new people. While the SLC is not as extravagant as the FYELC, it has the same principles that I loved about it. I can complete work, either by myself or with a group, meet up with friends or classmates and meet new people. I really value connecting with people, new and old, and the SLC allows me to do that in many ways, which is why it is my favourite place on campus.

What do you love most about your degree?

One of my favourite things about studying engineering are the challenges I face every day. From large group projects to effective time management, there is always something that will test my limits. I love this about my degree as I am constantly improving and learning, not just with my studies but as a person as well. Another thing I love about my degree is the teamwork. Working with new people is amazing as there is so much you can learn from others. The opportunity to do this is presented in my degree many times and I really appreciate all I have learnt from my teammates so far. I love this degree as it not only ensures I have the required knowledge but that I also have the personal skills to work as a functioning engineer.

What has been your favourite moment while doing vacation work?

At the end of my first year I spent 2 months as an undergraduate mining engineer at a mine site near Mackay. As part of my duties in this role I attended daily and weekly meetings and completed small projects using a software called Vulcan. Learning how to use and create things in this program was the favourite part of my responsibilities at work. It allowed me to become familiar with CAD software and its ability to work with recent surveys and data allowed me to understand what was happening in the field and design to the most recent specifications. I also loved the valuable work and life experience that I received that provides a wonderful understanding to my uni work that I didn’t have before.

What makes you a great EAIT Student Ambassador?

Firstly, I am a friendly and open person with good communication skills. I believe these are important qualities to have when talking to prospective students as I will be approachable and easy to talk to. Secondly, my younger brother is in year 12 so I understand some of the pressures and expectations on the incoming students, especially during this tough time. Finally, I have experience in similar roles to a student ambassador. In Year 12, I was a Prefect, mentoring year 7 students and introducing them to the new environment of high school, which is similar to the EAIT student ambassador duties. Also, at the start of this year I tutored a year 8 girl, which required good communication skills and a friendly personality. I am also the student representative for the second-year chemical and materials engineering students, which requires communicating with my fellow peers and course co-ordinators, and good organisation and time management.