Student Testimonial - Nicole Silajew
Nicole was inspired to come to UQ after a high school excursion.
"I attended an Experience Science Day while I was in Year 11 and was exposed to some fascinating areas of science, from mathematics to molecular biology. I was inspired, and when it came time for QTAC applications, I believed UQ offered a more comprehensive Science program than other universities", says Nicole.
Nicole's first impressions of UQ were that it was very welcoming. "It was energising and inspiring to start at a University where so many great things had already been achieved."
At the end of her Bachelor of Science, Nicole reflected upon her time at the School.
"As a third year chemistry student my peers and I were impressed at the quality of tutors available in chemistry practicals, particularly CHEM3016. Each tutor was knowledgeable, alert and friendly. They encouraged us to learn from our peers and a large proportion of our practicals consisted of peer learning. I believe that this was an extremely effective means of learning and it was very enjoyable", said Nicole.
"Many of my peers interested in organic chemistry commented on the quality of equipment available to them in the third year teaching laboratories. In a course such as CHEM3016 in which we are given the freedom to extensively explore an experimental research project, equipment such as 13C in NMR spectra is extremely interesting and valuable. As a chemistry cohort, we would like to thank the SCMB for providing such equipment and express our appreciation.
"As a student I had the opportunity to attend the first SCMB cohort camp at North Stradbroke Island this November. I had a fantastic time and enjoyed the opportunity to socialise with my peers outside a professional/academic environment.
"On a final note, I would like to thank the SCMB student consultative committee for allowing me to be an active representative over the past three years. I have found that as a member of the committee my cohort experience has been enriched as it has provided me with a further opportunity to interact with my peers", she said.
After completing Honours in Chemistry, Nicole hopes to study Dentistry and pursue a career of clincial practice and research.