Jennifer Moore, 18, “applied everywhere”, to study medicine, but she chose the University of Tasmania for its combination of course structure and lifestyle.
“I liked that I can go straight into medicine here, rather than doing undergraduate and then postgraduate.
There’s a lot of things here in Tasmania that I like. I like trail running, and I’ve got the mountain right there to do that.
Jennifer has always had a keen interest in human biology.
I did the University’s High Achiever Program in maths last year, and for ages I was tossing up between doing science and doing medicine.
“But while I really enjoyed maths, I found I wanted to do something more people-centric, because I really get my energy from interactions with people.”
It’s only week three of her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, but Jennifer is already absorbed in her studies.
“It’s very busy but I really love it all. I love everything we’re doing in each of the different areas.
I think I’ve definitely made the right choice of degree, which is really nice to know so early on.
An alumna of the St Michael's Collegiate school, Jennifer said she has arrived at University with the right skills to succeed in higher education.
“At Collegiate there’s the opportunity to extend yourself. You learn really good study skills, and those are really helpful at University.”
In her year 10 syllabus Jennifer also gained an understanding of complex ethical issues that she feels will be useful for her career in medicine.
“I was also part of the well-being program at Collegiate. I went to training fortnightly, learned the session, and assisted in the running of well-being sessions for the rest of my house and mentor group,” she said.
“Getting to do that had a lot of benefits. It made me more aware of my own strengths and what I needed to work on.”
Jennifer hasn’t yet decided on her exact future health career, but she knows it will be something that helps people.
I am interested in sports medicine, but I’m also interested in surgery, or becoming a specialist. I’d really like to work alongside other doctors in a specialist clinic.
Find out more about the University's High Achiever Program here.