Claire is pursuing a BE(Hons)/BCom conjoint in Mechanical Engineering and Commerce to enrich her career options.
“I was pretty sure I wanted to study something that incorporated Maths and Science, or English. Maths has always been my thing and science fascinates me so much. I’ve also always been interested in the arts, I took drama all through high school until I dropped it in Year 13 and English had always been a favourite subject of mine. I also love music but I knew I didn’t want to pursue it through university. I’d decided quite early on that I didn’t want to do Med or Law and considering career possibilities, Engineering just seemed to be the right fit for me, and doing a conjoint with Commerce would give me a little extra, and be something a little different from engineering to study at the same time.
I love learning about the world we live in and how things work. It’s the simplest way to say what I enjoy about studying Mechanical Engineering – discovering how to get from the start of something with some manufactured parts to a system that works together to complete a function. Engineering offers many possibilities, and doing a conjoint degree opens up even more options for me.
“In first year I really loved ENGGEN 115, the design course. Part of the course was learning to do technical drawings by hand and I really enjoyed this. Beyond that, I really loved getting the opportunity to build a model for our bridge project for MECHENG 236 (pictured). I’m a fan of getting really hands-on and this was a great way to see our design in a 3D model form.
“Undoubtedly, the student culture is the absolute best. Because of the degree structure, you become very well acquainted with your peers who also study Engineering in the first semester of your first year. I’m surrounded by students who not only are extremely hardworking and have astounding ambitions and aspirations, but are some of the most fun people I know. Everyone is also going through something similar which bonds you together as a student body.
“Engineering also performs extremely well in the Interfaculty Sports Championship. We won the Colin Maiden Shield for the top sporting faculty at the University, and this adds to the pride felt amongst students. I also like that the faculty has some excellent support systems in place for students – tutoring for your first year, specific support networks for various minority groups, and career advice for finding summer internships.”