First-year Engineering Science students Angela Dalstra and Brian Wong discuss how they are finding the course and enjoying life as a university student at UWA...
Angela Dalstra is approaching the end of her first year as an Engineering Science student as part of her Bachelor of Science degree at UWA. So how is she finding life as an engineering student?
"So far this course is all about teamwork and finding practical solutions to problems. It's pretty challenging but there are a lot of opportunities to grow, especially in terms of making presentations, reports and contributing to class discussions."
As a student in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Angela has access to a number of modern, purpose-built facilities.
"I like the Monadelphous building in the Mathematics block because the classrooms are large and open and it's just nice to work in."
This Perth Modern School graduate and keen cyclist hopes to continue on to postgraduate study (her second major is Agricultural Science) but has also discovered the importance of balancing study with some of the other benefits of UWA's beautiful Crawley campus.
"I like to walk down to Matilda Bay when I have a break, it's just a nice quiet place to relax or have lunch with a friend."
"The peacocks around the Arts building are entertaining; they make surprisingly funny noises considering they're such beautiful animals."
As a first year Engineering Science and Physiology student, Brian Wong has definitely had to learn how to manage his time since starting his studies at UWA. Brian graduated from Christ Church Grammar School and says that if he has one piece of advice to pass on to new students, it is this:
"Manage your time well in university. If you don't keep track of assignments and tasks they will catch up on you very quickly."
That being said, Brian has adapted to university life well and is enjoying his course.
"University is definitely a lot different from high school. In some ways it is more relaxed as you have less contact hours, and with online lectures, you have much more flexibility. The Engineering Science course has definitely been challenging and interesting, and I have enjoyed it greatly."
Brian has combined broadening units in French and Commerce with his majors, and is hoping to study either Engineering or Medicine at postgraduate level when he finishes his Bachelor of Science.
"UWA has always had a good academic reputation among the universities in WA so it was always going to be my preferred choice of university. Also UWA introduced the New Courses in 2012 which I believe gives a student plenty of opportunities to take part in courses that would not be available to them at other universities."
Brian also urges new students to take advantage of all of the opportunities that are presented to them.
"Definitely attend O-Day - you'll find a lot of people there that will help you settle into university and you'll also get the opportunity to see all the different clubs that are located on campus."
Like Angela and Brian, if it's your passion to become an engineer, you may wish to attend one of the upcoming 'Becoming an Engineer with UWA' information sessions being run by the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (ECM). Find out more or register online.