"I decided on Biomedicine because it provides a more specialised pathway for aspiring medical students. I think the structure prepares students for the intense journey ahead in the health/STEM field."
Abigail started the Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne in 2019 after completing Trinity College Foundation Studies. She intends to pursue a Doctor of Medicine after her undergraduate degree.
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Why the Bachelor of Biomedicine?
I enjoy the health science focused subjects provided by the Bachelor of Biomedicine pathway. I decided on Biomedicine because it provides a more specialised pathway for aspiring medical students. I think the structure prepares students for the intense journey ahead in the health/STEM field.
I like that the subjects are really health focused, and although first year sciences are still rather general, I like that the lecturers are always able to relate the concepts back to human health. As my strength and passion is in biology, I found the subject really engaging. Dissection in practical classes was definitely one of the highlights because we were able to see the real-life structure and anatomy of animals instead of just looking at images.
Balancing extracurricular activities and studying can be quite difficult at times so I learned to be good at time management and prioritising tasks. I have definitely developed my independent learning skills and learned not to hesitate to ask questions.
Why the University of Melbourne?
Not only is the University of Melbourne the top university in Australia, it also offers one of the best preclinical degrees in the world. I think the University of Melbourne will prepare me well for medical school.
Going through Trinity College Foundation Studies, I fell in love with the campus and the people. For me, university life is not just about studying, it is about pushing our boundaries and enjoying the place, people and atmosphere. I was able to join clubs and meet people with similar interests. This truly aided in helping me feel a sense of belonging.
MUSI10159 Choir 1:
I love singing and wanted to do a lighter subject in my first semester as I transitioned into first year. Learning to sing in four different languages was definitely interesting.
MULT20013 Australia Now:
As an international student, I thought this subject could widen my knowledge about Australia. I learned about the history of the land, social, political and environmental issues Australia faces.
Advice for students
Push yourself out of your comfort zone and try everything! You will never know how fear you will go if you don’t challenge yourself. Don’t just focus on studies, invest in opportunities that can build your character.
Transition from Malaysia to Australia:
It was difficult when I first arrived as I had to learn to cope with the new environment. I had difficulty making friends but after a few months I found myself making lifelong friends that will accompany me through my journey. As I was under 18, the under 18 services also helped me solve some problems I have encountered with my subjects and health.