Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Meet Jessica
Meet Jessica
Meet Jessica

What do you study?

I’m studying Mechatronics Engineering and I love what I’m doing! I really enjoy the software side of the degree so I am in the process of transferring to an Engineering and Computer Science dual degree next semester.

Why did you choose to study at UQ?

I chose to study at UQ because, in my opinion, it was the best university for me and what I wanted to do throughout my experience during uni. I was (and still am!) very interested in going on global exchange and UQ has amazing sponsorship opportunities. Also, I was extremely impressed with the sheer magnitude of student societies/clubs that existed; I was particularly interested in the drawing club, Harry Potter club, Engineers Without Borders, Ladies in Technology and so many more! In terms of academics, the global reputation that UQ had clearly made it stand out. It had a focus on research and that’s exactly what I want to get into in my future career. More importantly, when I visited the campus at the 2018 UQ Open Day, I spoke to many students, staff and even a few EAIT ambassador and their overall attitude about uni life, their friendliness and openness to answer all my questions was what concreted my decision to choose UQ.

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

When the time came to submit QTAC applications during year 12, I had a hard time choosing which degree I wanted to do, however, I ultimately thought deeply about what I wanted to achieve in my career, and how I could use my passions to achieve those goals. For me, I wanted to make a genuine, positive change in the world and help people in need all across the globe. I really enjoyed my tech and science subjects during high school and thus wanted to use those skills in my career. I also loved building robots and coding was always a fun project so after thinking about it this way and considering all my options, I chose engineering as it will enable me to help as many people as I could while having fun.

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

My advice to prospective students interested in studying EAIT at UQ is to just go for it. If you have doubts about which major they want to choose, I would look into the flexible first year. I would also reassure that there is information and help available everywhere you look – like tutors walking around the First Year Engineering Learning Centre, people in student societies and appointments that can be scheduled with UQ staff.

What is your favourite place on campus?

My favourite place on campus is the Fifth Floor of the Advanced Engineering Building, specifically the outside area that has chairs and tables where you can study in peace while enjoying the panoramic view of the entirety of UQ lakes and forestry on the campus. The couches are perfect for catching up with friends, the roof ensures that you are not in the sun for too long and the height always provides a good breeze.

What do you love most about your degree?

In my engineering degree, what I love most is the range of subjects that are offered. Especially during first year, there were so many opportunities to try new things and explore all avenues of engineering. I found out that I liked some subjects more than others and made me feel sure and confident when it came time to choosing my major in the second year of engineering.

What has been your favourite moment while doing vacation work?

I did vacation work in the summer between my first and second year of engineering. I worked for an inner city engineering building services consultancy and my favourite part of the experience was understanding how the concepts we learnt in class were applied in real world solutions. I loved going on site visits, meeting different types of professionals that were involved in the big projects and learning about what they did everyday.

What makes you a great EAIT Student Ambassador?

I genuinely love UQ as a university and appreciate all the opportunities that are available in student societies, UQ organised events and global exchange, and have the skills to share this with prospective students and their parents. Finally, I am passionate about increasing the number of female students in STEM and hopefully will use my knowledge and charisma to entice prospective students to choose UQ as their first preference.