Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Meet Charlotte
Meet Charlotte
Meet Charlotte

What do you study?

I am a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Science student. My major in engineering is Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geographical Science for my science degree.

Why did you choose to study at UQ?

I was fortunate enough to visit the campus when I was in high school. The moment I stepped on campus I knew it was where I wanted to go. I love the campus, facilities, staff, students, and the many opportunities that UQ has. I love that UQ has a diverse range of staff and students. UQ has such a supportive community that accepts everyone, I first felt this when I attended UQ Women in Engineering Explore day when I was in high school.

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

When deciding in grade 12 that I wanted to do engineering I knew I wanted to major in environmental due to my love for sustainability and the environment. After completing statics in my first year I knew I wanted to do civil engineering. All engineering disciplines have a range of opportunities, but I especially love the opportunities civil has. Civil engineering is so broad, so I love that every course we learn something completely different.

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

If the prospective students are wanting to study engineering, I would recommend doing a flexible first year. This allows the student to experience different majors to understand what they like. Once you graduate you are likely to work with engineers from different disciplines so having some understanding about what they do is a bonus.

My advice would also be to utilise support from the start of your first year of university. Engineering can be hard but going to First Year Learning Centre (FYLEC) can help with making friends and getting help with courses from 2nd to 4th years. If the student has someone to talk too then I would recommend talking to student services.

I would say to current grade 12s to try their hardest but not stress about whether you will get in or not. There are so many different pathways you can take into engineering so there are always options.

What is your favourite place on campus?

I love UQ campus! I love sitting by the Lakes or in the Great Court. Everywhere on campus is so beautiful so sitting outside is always nice. The Advanced Engineering Building is the nicest building on campus. The lecture hall in this building is the best on campus as it looks out on the Lakes.

What do you love most about your degree?

It’s hard to choose one thing or to explain in words how much I love my degree. Engineering gives me many opportunities at university and in my future career. One of the main reasons why I love engineering is that every day I learn something new. I really love that I can make a positive impact on the world around me using my engineering degree. Once completing my degree, I know that I have a range of options to work as an engineer or otherwise due to the skills taught to me at university. I feel blessed every day to be part of the UQ Engineering community as it is such a supportive environment. I couldn’t imagine doing any other degree.

What has been your favourite moment while doing vacation work?

I was lucky enough to work part-time at a Hydrology Engineering Consultanting in my 2nd year. I also spent a week at Transurban during my summer holiday as part of their Females Excelling in Engineering and Technology (FEET) program. The highlight of my engineering experience has to be going to Cambodia as part of the Engineers without Borders Humanitarian Design Summit. The design summit showed me the importance of human-centered design in engineering and has inspired me to work in the humanitarian field in the future. These experiences have shown me how my degree can be implemented in the future. 

What makes you a great EAIT Student Ambassador?

I believe I make a good Ambassador as I always promote UQ positively through official events and every day. I believe being a good Ambassador is always speaking positively about UQ every day through your personal life. Prospective students and parents make their decision off what they see at TSXPO, open day, and what they hear about the university. I make a good EAIT Student Ambassador as I am very engaged in my studies as well as other opportunities the university offers. As someone that has had my own struggles, I can speak about the support students can receive from student services.