Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Meet Andre
Meet Andre
Meet Andre

What do you study?

I’m studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Why did you choose to study at UQ?

When I was filling out my QTAC preferences, UQ occupied a majority of these slots. This was due to a few reasons:

  • I believe UQ is a prestigious university which is usually top 50 in the world. Although degrees aren’t necessarily everything in a career in engineering (we also need to be good with people and have other skills), I would be very proud to hold a degree from UQ.
  • I attended at high school in Indooroopilly. The close proximity of the school to UQ meant I had a lot of exposure to the campus, whether that was through UQ IdeaHub workshops, UQ open days, AIC sporting events etc. By being exposed to the campus, I really loved how much green space there was. It was refreshing to see so many outdoor areas.
  • My older brother graduated from UQ a few years ago with a Law/Arts degree. I saw how proud my parents were of him having graduated from a University like UQ and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.
  • I really love buildings like Forgan Smith, Advanced Engineering and Sir Lew Edwards;
  • A lot of my friends attend UQ (from high school) and joined clubs and societies which I have also been able to join and enjoy being part of those communities.
  • I love the student lifestyle at UQ.

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

I’ve always enjoyed playing with Lego, building DIY projects and looking at cool buildings/skyscrapers throughout my time in school. So, my parents encouraged me to take up structural engineering as a career. I believed this was a good choice too. My top QTAC preference was the Bachelor of Engineering/Masters program. I didn’t get the IB score I needed so I took up my second preference which was the BE/BCom Dual Degree Program. Initially, I felt disappointed. But after my first semester, I realised that I really enjoyed how the two degrees complemented my interests. In high school, I loved STEM subjects but I also really enjoyed Economics and Business Management. I was very interested in entrepreneurship – this led me to become involved in a lot of UQ IdeaHub workshops in Year 11 and 12 as well as other opportunities provided by my school. Because of these interests, I decided to put my second preference as the BE/BCom program which I was accepted into. Now, I’ve realised that if I were to do four civil engineering courses per semester, it would be too much to handle. Not necessarily in terms of workload, but more so that I would not be able to take a break from studying engineering content. This is why having a balance every semester between engineering and commerce courses has been a real blessing. I am able to cope with a full-time study load without getting tired from studying only engineering subjects.

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

Here is my advice:

  • First year engineering is not easy! Engineering Design (ENGG1100) and Engineering Modelling and Problem Solving (ENGG1200) is designed around how well you can work in a team, not your technical knowledge. This is one of the most important skills you need to have as an engineer! You might have been the top of your class for maths or physics in high school, but this is meaningless if you don’t know how to work with people.
  • Make friends! Whether you’re an introvert or not, you will need to communicate, work with and rely on people if you pursue a career in engineering. This is also true being an engineering student at UQ. It’s so convenient when you’ve became friends with your ENGG1100/1200 team and then some of those people study the same major as you in your second year. Because you’ve worked with them before, you can be comfortable and confident you’ll do well in the courses you share! You can share notes, talk about assignments, do group work together etc. This is also beneficial for your career because you’re practicing the skill of working with people.
  • Be prepared to ask questions! I struggled in first year because I was too afraid to ask questions during a lecture (there are so many people in those lecture theatres!) and I also was unwilling to email the professor/attend their contact hours. I’ve changed now. I realised I need to take charge of my learning and ask for help when I need it! I wish I knew this in first year though.
  • Consider what networks you already have. Do you know an engineer in the field you’re interested in? Or maybe your friend or your parents knows an engineer? Make sure you build that relationship early! It will help you, not only in deciding which major is right for you, but also in securing an internship in the future!

What is your favourite place on campus?

If it’s buildings, it has to be the Advanced Engineering building. It’s such a beautiful building. I really like the use of wood. For study spaces, I would say Priestley Building. There are really good study spaces in there. For food, I would go with the new food court near Chancellor’s place. For green spaces, I like the Great Court of the AFL field near UQ Lakes. It’s always quiet there during the day.

What do you love most about your degree?

I love the balance between Commerce courses and Engineering courses. Not only do they suit my interests, but I also think they complement each other for a career in structural engineering.

What makes you a great EAIT Student Ambassador?

I think people see the pride I have in being able to study at UQ through my personality and the way I conduct myself. I genuinely mean it when I say I am very proud to be able to attend UQ because I believe it’s the best University in Queensland! As an ambassador, I do my best to convey this through the way I speak highly of UQ and my willingness to demonstrate a good attitude and high standard to the tasks I am assigned as an ambassador.