Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) /

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

At school I was always very interested in the sciences and economics. Being passionate about these subjects meant that working hard and studying wasn’t a chore and hence that allowed me to excel in these topics. I decided to continue my studies in these fields by choosing mechanical engineering since it requires a broad range of knowledge in math, physics and chemistry. Leading on from that by studying economics and majoring in business and industry it will further my skills as an engineer, providing me with critical business management skills. These skills should also help set me up for future work as a project engineer which I have been considering.

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

My advice to future students is to try a bit of everything. Engineering is such a broad topic and it’s important to do what you like so I suggest, looking into the flexible first year so that you can find what you like because studying something that you’re already interested in will make life a lot easier for you. Beyond that, simple suggestions such as keeping a work-life balance, sticking to a schedule, getting involved in extra-curricular events, staying active and studying smart will make you a more well-rounded student and graduate when you finish your degree. At the end of the day, grades aren’t the only thing that matters.

What do you love most about your degree?

The most rewarding part about my degree is the fact that I can combine my love for two completely independent topics (engineering and economics). Beyond that, I find both topics to be highly analytical and I also enjoy the ability to solve real world problems within mechanical engineering whilst also gaining an appreciation and understanding of economics.