With a civil engineer, mechanical engineer and software engineer in the family, it’s no wonder Brittany Ding wants to follow this trend.
The aspiring chemical engineer has always enjoyed helping people and has found many ways to achieve this at UWA.
“Growing up I was exposed to different types of problem solving and I love the idea of being able to help the community on a large scale which is one reason engineering appeals to me.
“Solving problems and implementing the subsequent solutions is such an exciting thought and I’m looking forward to making my contribution,” Brittany says.
The engineering science and chemistry student joined 11 other EMS students in June to promote engineering and STEM subjects to high school students in the Kimberley.
“The Kimberley Cup was an amazing experience. It was great to go up there and give back to those who haven’t had the same opportunities as us, and often don’t even see University as an option.
“Having the chance to talk to them about STEM and university in general was really rewarding.
“We were also up there during NAIDOC Week and learnt a lot about indigenous culture which was really interesting,” Brittany says.
It’s these types of educational experiences that Brittany enjoys, either as the teacher or student. She’s seen firsthand how giving words of encouragement can do wonders for a student’s confidence.
“I tutor primary, high school and university students and see how they really benefit from one-on-one support.
“It was the same in Broome. Some students didn’t think they had any potential but all they really needed was just one person to encourage them and they never looked back.
Brittany enjoyed the Kimberley Cup so much she is going to apply again next year. In the meantime the third year student is focusing on her studies and looking forward to new opportunities that come her way.