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Student Stories from Monash University
Find out what students from Monash University have to say about their study experience.
Bachelor of Science (Geology major) and Arts
Before he started university, Oliver Maraes knew exactly what he wanted to do. Then he changed his mind completely.
“I started doing science because I wanted to do physiotherapy,” he explained. “But studying geology has totally changed me. Since starting my degree I’ve discovered my interest in natural disasters and it has really driven my direction.”
Oliver firmed up his new career aspirations in 2012 during a student exchange to Monash South Africa. “I always wanted to go to Africa and Monash made it so easy. The study abroad opportunities were a big part of the reason I decided to come to Monash,” said Oliver. But along with geology, he discovered the power of philanthropy.
“I got involved with a project aimed at sourcing books for children at a local primary school in Zandspruit, Johannesburg. Another Monash student and I organised a range of fundraising activities,” he said. “When the library opened it was just so amazing to see all those kids at their school with resources that none of them have ever had.”
The experience led him to further philanthropic activities, including Making Change , a volunteer-based community organisation for young people interested in tackling social issues.
Philanthropy hasn’t taken over completely, however. Oliver is still deeply engaged in science. “My dream in the future is to work in disaster management and find a way to combine my love of science with my passion for helping people.”
Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Honours)
After two years studying medicine at Monash University’s Clayton campus, Tanzina Kazi has returned to her home town of Mildura for her first year of clinical training at Monash Rural Health Mildura, as part of the university’s Extended Rural Cohort (ERC) stream.
“We’re a very tight-knit group, which is a big positive,” Tanzina says. “We do a lot together.” The group explores local markets, picnic spots, Orange World and local restaurants. “We have a really good food culture in Mildura, so we do a lot of eating.”
By the time she was applying for a place in a medical course, Tanzina was well aware of the ERC stream as part of Monash’s medicine degree.
“Monash does a really good job in Mildura – they invite Year 11 and 12 students for workshops and an information night, and all the students I talked to before starting my medicine degree were ERC students. They all just raved about how good ERC is and how much they get to do compared to their city friends. I thought, well, if I get to do a lot and I get to be back home for a year, then why not? So, it was my first preference.”
Tanzina agrees studying medicine in Mildura is a great experience, and comments on how well the staff look after the students. “We have a really good connection with them; it’s a great community feeling here.”