Jessica Frasca's drive to make a positive change has been the motivation behind her choice to study environmental science.
A double degree in environmental science and environmental engineering is enabling Ms Frasca to understand the biology of the environment so she can one day land the job of her dreams designing sustainable ecological solutions.
"I love the outdoors and have a passion for chemistry and all aspects of science and engineering, so this program is everything I enjoy wrapped up in one big degree," she said.
Now in her third year of the program, Ms Frasca says one of the major benefits is being able to share experiences with people who have the same goals.
"The highlight of my studies so far has been getting to know people who share the same passion: to protect the environmental while building and growing through the use of sustainable engineering practices."
Ms Frasca says she chose RMIT because she knew the practical learning would be a great way to get real insight into environmental science.
"The hands-on practice encourages you to learn quickly and make connections with the theoretical learning; while the field trips have enriched my understanding in both ecology and environmental chemistry applications," she said.
"I've gained many skills in my degree so far; from working effectively in a team on small scale engineering-based projects, to being out in the field using high tech instruments to collect qualitative data on diverse water samples,"
Throughout her studies Ms Frasca has volunteered as a mentor for international students with the Mates at RMIT program and in the summer break she enjoys volunteering for various environmental groups.
When she graduates, her goal is to volunteer her skills and knowledge in a developing country before she finds her ideal job.
"They say that if you enjoy what you do you won't work a day in your life, so I hope to find employment for an organisation that will allow me to work with like-minded people who want to educate and encourage others to live a sustainable lifestyle," Ms Frasca said.
"I want my job to be one that makes a difference not only to my own life, but for society as a whole."