Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Meet Matilda
Meet Matilda
Meet Matilda

What do you study?

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) / Business Management

Why did you choose to study at UQ?

There were a few factors that made me decide that The University of Queensland would be the best university for me. Firstly, not being from the Brisbane area, I loved the idea of going to a residential college and living on campus. It made the transition to university and living in Brisbane really easy and comfortable. Secondly, I love that UQ does such strong research, that ultimately leads to the students benefiting from the knowledge and strong industry connections. Lastly, the knowledge that UQ was so well respected and regarded by the public, enables it students to have strong job opportunities, was a big selling point.

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

Coming from a property I was constantly building shed, fixing bikes and loved being hands-on. I have always been drawn to problem solving whether it is finding the most efficient solution or nutting out a maths problem. At school I wasn’t a maths ‘wizz’ but enjoyed solving the problems and when looking at career pathways, engineering stuck out to me because I could combine two of the things that I loved doing, math and being hands.

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

Studying engineering or any STEM course is more than just studying to become a working professional, but STEM at UQ is about teaching you to think like an engineer or architect etc. At uni they can’t teach all the technical skills of how to solve every problem handed to you in the work force, but they can empower your problem solving and critical thinking skills and provide you with the tools needed - so that you can handle any challenges that come your way. UQ has an abundance of resources and support that will carry you through not only your degree but afterwards as well. So if your a big ideas person or love solving detailed problems, a degree in EAIT at UQ would be for you.

What is your favourite place on campus?

Definitely The Great Court. I love all of the green spaces on campus, but I especially love the Great Court, because it can be somewhere to hang out with your friends, read a book by yourself or just recharge over lunch. It really feels like the heart of UQ and whilst it is a bit of clique and obvious spot, I think it embodies everything about UQ.

What do you love most about your degree?

For me I love the feeling of making a tangible difference and impact on the world. Engineers get to be the people at the forefront of designing the world around us and through ‘good’ engineering I believe this can be amplified to reach a lot of people.

What has been your favourite moment while doing vacation work?

I got my experience through UQ's summer research program which provided some interesting lab and research critical opportunities. From which my favourite part would definitely have to be application of theory into practice and seeing the potential uses of my work in industry.

What makes you a great EAIT Student Ambassador?

Similar to an engineering team, I believe that a vital skill that would enable me to be a good ambassador, is my strong communication skills. Through participating in programs such as Women in Engineering and residential college social committees, I have developed my public speaking, and overall communication skills. Similar to my communication skills, I believe I have strong interpersonal skills that enable me to hold a conversation with anyone. Weather it is group or on-on-one setting, I am confident in clearly and pervasively conveying my message. Lastly, I also genuinely love engineering and all the possibilities it has afforded me and want to be able to share this with other students. I believe that I can offer high school students’ valuable insight into my journey to engineering and experience thus far, that will be help guide them in their decision-making process for university study.