Laura McMahon: Studying Chemical Engineering at RMIT

I chose Chemical Engineering because I wanted to do a course that had both maths and science subjects as well as hands on work experience. On an average day at uni I can be doing anything from differential equations to designing water purification plants or making paracetamol in my chemistry classes. I like how the course isn’t just about research and theory. It’s how you apply the maths and science concepts to the real world, which is really exciting.

After Year 11, I knew I had to study Maths Methods as a prerequisite, and to keep my options open, but I didn’t know whether I’d be able to keep up with the workload. It was having a great teacher that really helped me get through those final high school years. Of course there were some days when nothing clicked, the numbers come out all wrong and I wanted to give up but having sticking with it (even on the hard days) really paid off.

Now in my second year at university I can start to see some of the career opportunities that will be in front of me when I graduate. Maths is a lot of hard work but it’s definitely worth it and gives you a greater choice of courses at the end of school.

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