What attracted you to major in Geography and Environmental Science?
I did geography in school and was keen to continue studying it at university. After my first year I realised that more than any other subject, geography provided an integrated, analytic, structured approach to understanding people, places and processes of change. It is one of the few disciplines that equally considers social, economic and environmental factors on human interactions with their environment.
When did you finish your studies and what have you been doing since?
I graduated from my Bachelor of Arts and Science in 2005. After some time off, in which I worked and travelled, I went back to study. I graduated from Medicine in 2011 and have since been working as a junior doctor in Melbourne. Ultimately I plan to combine my interests in the socio-economic and environmental determinants of health with my clinical practice and use my skills in a resource poor setting.
What are the most useful skills you’ve gained from your studies in Geography and Environmental Science?
The most useful skill I have gained from geography is to see people in their context. What I mean to say is, you cannot look at a problem in isolation; the web of factors that influences a certain state of being must be examined. For example to understand why people in rural areas have worse health outcomes compared to urban populations one needs to consider access to services, economic stressors etc.
It may sound silly but choose areas that interest you and that you are passionate about, not what you think you should be doing or what employers might want.
Tell us about your most memorable experience with the School of Geography and Environmental Science.
My most memorable experience with the School of Geography would be the two-week field trip to Mpumalunga, South Africa. It was a fantastic, hands-on opportunity to learn about sustainable development in the real world, not just from a textbook.