Nadiatul Akmal binti Masri

Be independent, and remember that you are no longer a student who has to be spoon fed.

Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (started 2014)

1. How and why did you choose your degree program, and why Monash?

I chose this degree program because I’ve always wanted to be a scientist since the age of 10. My scholarship gave me the option of pursuing a higher education in Monash University Malaysia and since the university is one of the top universities in the world, I knew it would help me achieve my education and career goals. I also believed that by being in Monash Malaysia, I’d be able to network with students of various backgrounds.


2. What are your future goals and career ambitions? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Ten years from now, I see myself as a renowned research scientist in Malaysia. I hope to be able to share my insights with the younger generation, and to also develop medication for cancer patients.


3. Please describe yourself as an individual. What makes you unique?

I am a very passionate and active person. I love contributing new ideas and getting good grades. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as rock climbing.


4. Do you participate in extra-curricular activities in the university or in the community? If yes, how has it helped in your personal development ?

I participated in the Monash University Volunteer Program (MUVP) and the First Aid Kit program by Monash University Student Association (MUSA). Both these programs helped increase my empathy towards those in need as well as sharpened my communication skills.


5. How do you find your degree program? What do you like best about it? What are the most challenging aspects of it?

My degree program is a little tough but exciting. The program requires students to use their critical and creative thinking skills. I get to broaden my knowledge and I’m free to express ideas and solutions. The most challenging aspect for me is dividing my time between studies, club activities and my personal life.


6. What advice would you give other students considering various degree programs?

The best recipe to be successful in life is to follow your gut and to believe in yourself. Dream big and think about the reasons for choosing your degree.


7. What do you love most about your student life at Monash?

Thanks to friends and lecturers who helped guide me throughout my time here, my life at Monash has been a happy one. There’s always some charity or social work going on here, such as working with the Rohingya refugees and participating in the Zombie Run.


8. If you could provide one sentence of advice to future undergraduate students, what would it be?

Be independent, and remember that you are no longer a student who has to be spoon fed. Be patient and be prepared!