Grace.

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours.

What inspired you to get into engineering?

In high school I had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew I liked maths and science so I thought I might do medicine. Then I met a girl from UC who talked about how engineering was so full of opportunities. It offers a mix of innovation, creativity and interaction with people, which seemed perfect for me.

Favourite thing about your study?

As fourth years we're into the design phase where we get to think for ourselves. The students here are really well respected by the lecturers. Our assignments are tailored so our solutions might even be implemented. It's great seeing the results of your work and knowing that your opinion counts.

What clubs have you been in?

I was on the Exec for Women in Engineering last year. I was one of the social reps so I'd organise events like wine and cheese evenings. The girls are awesome. It's a bunch of like-minded people who are all passionate about the same thing. This year I’m in EnSoc and it’s a lot of fun too. The guys are really supportive.

How is it being a woman in engineering?

I'm very passionate about showing that women are capable. A lot of girls lack confidence – I did too! That's why I like supporting the first years. I think women can be engineers without losing their femininity. I'm feminine through and through, but I'm still strong and capable.

"I think women can be engineers without losing their femininity. I'm feminine through and through, but I'm still strong and capable."

Sounds like you’re doing awesomely!

Thanks! I got top of my class in first year. But I was flat out. I came home and slept for about three weeks. At the end of the day, marks aren't everything. When I go to a job interview, what gets me hired is all the other things I have to offer. The sports, the clubs experience, the travel. Having a balance is far more important at the end of the day.

What does UC's engineering reputation mean for you?

It's exciting to be employable and highly thought of overseas. But it’s more than just academic. UC has that creative, fun, well-rounded culture. It’s important to have a life as well!