Lizzy Clarkson is not the type of person you might expect to study science… if you’re hung up on stereotypes, that is. She’s combining her Bachelor of Science with a Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University, for starters. And despite being an outstanding achiever, she admits she suffered from burnout after high school, so took a year off to work three jobs and save up to travel the world.
When it came time to head back to uni, Lizzy didn’t have a set idea of where she’d end up.
“I took a double degree, assuming that at some point I would ‘find my passion’ and then focus on that one thing,” she says. Once she’d had a taster of both degrees, there was no turning back – she’d found her passion across both modern history and human biology.
“So I kept both. They’ve helped me to explore all of the different opportunities where the two subjects intersect, like my experience doing underwater archaeology!”
Back in high school, Lizzy was involved in leadership opportunities, sporting clubs and all things co-curricular – and it’s no different at Macquarie uni. Lizzy’s represented Macquarie Uni in softball at the UniSport national championships, participated in the Global Leadership Program, and even travelled with the uni.
“I spent one holiday working in underwater archaeology in Menorca, Spain. We were working in an old Roman port looking at dating objects and boat restoration. I also worked with an NGO in Cusco, Peru, looking at dental health and diet of primary school children. Then last year I went on an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Exchange to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology!”
How does she do it? Lizzy’s decided to undertake flexible study, studying part-time when awesome opportunities arise and switching back to full-time when she’s done.
Work experience opportunities that look great on your resume isn’t the only way Macquarie is prepping its students for career success. Macquarie Uni is overhauling their science degrees to teach students more tangible employability skills. There’s the same amount of labs and hands-on science, with a renewed focus on the soft-skills that will keep Macquarie grads employed in an ever-changing workforce.
Reckon you don’t fit the mould for what a science student should look like? There’s no one type of person to study a science degree, says Lizzy. “Just because there isn’t someone that looks exactly like you in your dream degree, doesn’t mean you can’t be the one to change that.”
If you’re interested in becoming more than just a number with Macquarie University’s newly revamped Bachelor of Science degree, head to the website to check it out.
Lizzy’s pathway to Macquarie Uni
> > Bachelor of Science (Human Biology), Bachelor of Arts (Modern History), Macquarie University
> > Inaugural winner of the Kim Gurin Leadership Award
> > Macquarie University STEM Ambassador
> > PACE Placement with Peru’s Challenge, Cusco
> > Innovation and Entrepreneurship Exchange, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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“Just because there isn’t someone that looks exactly like you in your dream degree, doesn’t mean you can’t be the one to change that.”
Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.