Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Meet Meghana
Meet Meghana
Meet Meghana

What do you study?

I am currently enrolled in my second year of Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) program, majoring in Chemical and Biological.

Why did you choose to study at UQ?

When I was in year 12 and before I had gone to any open days, I was very much conflicted about what university to attend. But as soon I went to the UQ Open Day, I instantly fell in love the environment and atmosphere that the UQ campus had to offer. In particular, the engineering facilities were top notch, with access to all the latest technology and the staff were engaging and approachable. Another key factor that encouraged me to study at UQ was the high level of women empowerment that I saw and felt, especially with my desired engineering degree. I felt very included and welcomed, as a girl who was considering engineering and was drawn to the endless opportunities that female students were presented with.

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

Ever since I can remember, I have always been interested in maths and science, hence why by the time it came to choose my core subjects for year 11 and 12 at school, I opted to study both maths B and C, along with all three science disciplines.

At first, I was interested in following a path down the field of medicine and becoming a doctor. But after talking to working professionals in that field, I knew I did not want to be sitting in a room all day. This sparked my realisation that I wanted to pursue engineering in my tertiary studies. I had initially enrolled in engineering majoring in dual chemical and biological because I was still unsure which field I would like, and the dual seemed to have a large scope of possible avenues. During first year, I undertook ENGG1500 and ENGG1300, the principles for chemical and electrical respectively, in order to explore all my options. Although I thoroughly enjoyed studying the theoretical component of ENGG1300, I did not like the practical sections, hence I knew that I could not work in the electrical stream.

On the other hand, both the theoretical and practical components of ENG1500 challenged me, but at the same time excited me. After talking to guest lecturers and other faculty members about my dual major, I knew that it was perfect for me because I could combine my passion for medicine, maths and science with a working style that suits me.

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

There are several things I have come to understand throughout the one and a half years of my engineering degree so far; but there are five key pieces of advice that I would share with students who are considering studying on of the EAIT courses. Firstly, the degrees will challenge you; there are going to be times when the courses are going to test you to your limits. But there is so much to learn, and this is just part of the amazing learning experience. Making friends with other students in the same degree as you is vital; these are the people who are going to help you and be there with you for the four years. Each of the respective degrees provide several ways for this peer connection to form, it is simply about diving in headfirst. Following on from moral support, never be afraid to ask for help from lecturers and tutors; they are very approachable and friendly, and they are there to assist you. Next, make the most of the learning resources available to you, whether it be libraries or senior students from the same stream, the knowledge you will gain is invaluable. Finally, it is okay to make mistakes, this is part of the learning process, so just have fun and learn from your mistakes.

What is your favourite place on campus?

In first year, the one place that I absolutely loved was the first-year engineering learning centre (FYELC). Whether it was to ask for help from tutors, to work on group projects or to simply hang out with friends, I would always spend my time at the FYELC. I strongly encourage all first-year engineering students to also make the most of the learning space. Another fun place is the great court; the centre of UQ life. The great court was an excellent spot to gather a few friends in the evening and just relax on the grass. One particular bonus about the great court is that there are always fun and exciting activities hosted by different societies and delicious food from food trucks, especially during the exams period. What I have found is that the cubicles in the Dorothy Hill Library is the best place to concentrate and study; so, whenever I need to get work done, I will always go to Dorothy. Finally, the top floor of the Advanced Engineering building is the most calming place on the entire campus for me; a good place to reflect and have some alone time.

What do you love most about your degree?

The reason I absolutely love my degree is that it challenges me every day; I am constantly learning new things, being pushed to my limits and making mistakes. There is not a single day where I think that my degree is boring, and this is purely due to the efforts of the staff and tutors in each one of my courses. What I have found so far into my degree is that UQ provides a vast number of opportunities for teamwork and collaboration, right from the orientation week.

In my first year, I engaged in several group projects and assessment, which have been vital foundation blocks for the workload that second year has brought. Furthermore, it gives us students a great insight into what working in industry will be like. Another factor I love about my degree and the EAIT faculty, is the tremendous amount of support and assistance given from both staff and fellow peers. This is important to me because I know there are always people that I can count on, and that I do not have to do it all alone. This is why forming those connections and creating those bonds with the students in my cohort was so important. For engineering students, I love the fact that we have industry tours, such as to the Gladstone alumina refineries, because it gives us a taste of our working environment, as well as a chance to engage with peers.

Following on from the support provided, the clubs and societies affiliated with the EAIT faculty are very helpful in hosting events with industry workers and employees’ panels, providing me with the best chances of securing a graduate placement. Overall, the thing I love the most about my degree is the opportunities I get and the people I interact with on a day to day basis.

What makes you a great EAIT Student Ambassador?

I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have experienced so far in my engineering degree, and I believe that I believe I make a good EAIT student ambassador because of my passion. As I have mentioned above, the people that had the most influence on my decisions to pursue an EAIT degree at UQ were the staff and older students I have spoken to along the way. I can relate to those high school students who are deciding what to do after school. I went through that process less than two years ago, so I understand all the doubts, questions and confusions that prospective students may be having, and can assist them effectively because of this. Moreover, I am very committed to my studies at UQ and have associated myself with several different clubs such as the UQISC and Women in Engineering. Hence, embodying several of the values that UQ holds proudly. I am very approachable and have honed my communication skills through my past work experiences, which will be especially helpful in situation such as open days and career fairs. I also have a younger sister who is currently in year 11, so I know first hand all the difficulties and discrepancies that have come in the changes to the academic system, and thus, would be able to connect and relate more with the upcoming students. I am truly passionate about my degree and studying at UQ, and it be a great honour if I was able to assist in the process of a student choosing to study with the EAIT faculty at UQ.