Biomedical Sciences was only supposed to be a stepping stone to study Medicine for JCU graduate Eva Duck. However, once she started studying the Bachelor's degree, her plans took an unexpected turn. She recounts her story and what she hopes for the world.
I grew up in a country town, Gympie, and the prospect of moving to the ‘big smoke’ was daunting. Once I realised there was a university in Townsville that had a great medical and science program, I knew it was where I wanted to study.
I applied for the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with the end goal of Medicine. I stuck with Biomed, not only because I found it interesting and engaging, but because it’s essential. While biomedical scientists aren’t front and centre like doctors are, the work we do is ground breaking.
I loved the practical classes! Whether it was examining cadavers, dissecting mice, or discovering disease-causing bacteria from clinical samples — I found it all very engaging and exciting. I grew fond of all my lecturers. Their experiences, stories and personalities made all the difference. It made learning fun.
Everything that I learnt, particularly in my microbiology classes, in addition to my year of Honours research, has been applied within my work. One of the things I’m proud of is that I managed to finish Honours. It was one of the hardest, most challenging, but definitely most rewarding years of my degree, and I came out on top.