As well as living in the Tropics and her trip to Thailand, Tia says she has countless other highlights from her time at JCU.
“The opportunities at JCU are endless."
JCU Marine Science Student, Tia Ngo Nguyen
"Throughout my degree, I’ve been able to volunteer with JCU’s Minke Whale Project (MWP), The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and JCU’s Turtle Research Centre, The Caraplace,” she says.
“During the MWP I had the opportunity to spend three weeks on the Ribbon Reefs collecting data on these elusive whales that people don’t really know much about. And then I had a few subjects where I got to get field experience at the Orpheus Island Research Station, which was very exciting. You always hear about Orpheus and see the incredible images online; it was a privilege to be able to go there and study.”
While at JCU, Tia took advantage of opportunities to form friendships and create important networks.
“During our first year of uni a group of friends and I started the JCU Marine Society. We initially started it because we knew that not every person who studies Marine at JCU has the ability to dive – either for health reasons or financially. So, it was another avenue to connect like-minded people who are interested in the marine environment,” she says.
“And we organised a range of social and networking events through that. We went camping on Magnetic Island, had a pub crawl, ran information nights with lecturers and people in the industry, and we had our first ever Marine Ball in 2021, which was very exciting. It’s been amazing to see connections being formed as this community has grown over the past few years.”
Since graduating at the start of the year, Tia has landed a role with JCU’s Laboratory and Technical Support Team. Prior to that, she worked for Tangaroa Blue – an NGO committed to the prevention and removal of marine debris nationally, which she heard about through the JCU Marine Society.
“I’ve also worked as a JCU Student Ambassador, which involves representing JCU at events and engaging with prospective students. I’m passionate about marine science and JCU, so it was and is easy for me to share that passion with others,” she says.
“I’m really grateful for the experiences I’ve had during my time at university, and I look forward to supporting students on their own academic journeys in my new role.”