Dale Calleja enrolled in a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and discovered an appreciation for science biology and an urge to find out more about the natural world.
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Studying at the Bundoora campus has been a highlight for me as it’s green, leafy and has more of a community feel than I found in the city. We have access to great resources, labs and the latest software too.
I always liked science but hadn’t ever studied biology. I thought I might relate to learning about living things more than inanimate objects so decided to give something different a shot.
I chose RMIT because it has a reputation for being very practical and I’ve really enjoyed how hands-on the course has been so far.
The Anatomy Museum at RMIT is one of my favourite places on campus. It’s quite a privilege to have access to the vast amount cadaveric learning materials.
I’ve undertaken two placements at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. As each research area is very specialized, I didn’t have much knowledge about the theory in my first placement but I felt super prepared for the lab work. In my second placement, they came together, which was a big confidence boost.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is how important it is to work out as quickly as you can how you learn. Then it becomes so much easier to choose the right techniques catered to understanding and remembering the content.
Knowing this can cut your workload in half.
Reach out to placement providers as early as you can. I was surprised by how many opportunities there were available to students. Get to know your lecturers and get involved on campus.
I’m looking forward to moving onto honours and love that I can learn something new every day in this field. Biomed has given me an appreciation for biology and an urge to find out about the natural world.
I can see myself pursuing a career in medical research and perhaps science communication, but I’m also interested in astronomy and would like to pursue study in that area.