“All throughout Years 11 and 12 I was uncertain of what I wanted to study, all I knew was that my favourite subjects were Maths and Physics,” said Sonia, who achieved first place in Mathematics Advanced at IGS and a top band result in her HSC in Mathematics Extension 1.
“It was actually my dad that suggested engineering to me, and after learning more about what engineering actually involved I realised that it could potentially become a future career path,” Sonia said.
“At the moment I’m thinking of pursuing a career in either civil or biomedical engineering,” she said.
“The more I learn about all the different types there are, the more I find myself considering those as well as civil and biomedical. I would have to say that I’m most looking forward to having more control over what I study especially later on in my degree. Through this I’ll be able to really focus on what I’m passionate about. Apart from this I’m also really looking forward to getting to know more people with similar interests to me.”
When recalling her most memorable moments at IGS, Sonia said she enjoyed spending time in the Year 12 study space.
“The way the study space brought the year together made Year 12 such a special and memorable year. By the end of the year everyone would talk to everyone and the sense of community was amazing. Not only was it the students that were supportive of one another but also the teachers,” Sonia said.
“Especially in Year 12, I realised how your teachers really just want the best for you. I loved that I was able to talk to some of my teachers about how I was feeling. If I was feeling overwhelmed I would go to one of them and they’d always remind me to look at the bigger picture and reassure me that it’s all going to be okay,” she said.
‘Find the balance’
“I think one of the most important things throughout High School and in particular in Year 12, is finding the balance.”
Sonia urged students to balance their school work with social activities and extra curricular activities.
“It is absolutely key to enjoying your time at school whilst still getting good grades. I remember in younger years I would think that getting good marks was so important and that’s all I would focus on.
“It took me a while to appreciate the importance of balance, but once I did I was able to enjoy school whilst still being happy with my marks.”
All the best, Sonia!