Family ties inspire La Trobe journey

Jonathan Vijayan is completing a College of Science, Health and Engineering Bachelor of Science at PSB Academy in Singapore

The La Trobe-PSB partnership offers students the opportunity to study one of our world-class science programs including chemistry, pharmaceutical science, biomedical science and molecular biology. Students graduate with a La Trobe University degree.

We asked Jonathan about his journey so far, and his special connection to La Trobe University.

“I have always been interested in the pharmaceutical industry. My family work in healthcare and my elder sister moved to Australia a few years ago and completed her Bachelor of Nursing at La Trobe Bundoora. She loves it there, she is successful, and she has become my inspiration.

I visited my sister in Melbourne and spent time at La Trobe’s Bundoora campus. When it came to further education, there was no question. It had to be La Trobe. I commenced my Bachelor of Science at PSB Academy in September 2018.

The course is well-rounded. It combines the fields of biology, pharmacology and medicine. Having exposure to a broad range of biomedical skills and topics has given me the opportunity to think carefully about what I want to do after I graduate.

The curriculum is intensive, but the lecturers are very supportive. They stay back after class to help us and regularly post on forums. It’s very important to have that level of guidance. They also challenge us to problem solve. There is no spoon-feeding. Instead, they tickle our brain cells!

I am majoring in pharmaceutical science. My mother has Parkinson’s disease and her condition has contributed to my interest in this area. I often go home and share information about my studies with her. When she is having tremors, I can explain the science behind it and the reasons why it is happening. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to share that knowledge with my family, and my mother appreciates it too.

When I complete my degree, I would like to move to Australia. This course has encouraged me to think about a career in science, perhaps in neurological research.”

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