Interview with a Civil Engineering Student

Posted: May 19, 2011 in Interviews
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The large scale civil/infrastructure project

It is definitely important to get as many opinions and as much experience as possible when making the big decisions involved in tackling the typical uni lifestyle so here’s an interview from a civil engineering student about what she thinks about uni and general life as a student

1. What are you studying (degree and year level)?

Civil Engineering and Infrastructure, 2nd Year at RMIT

2. Did you always know what to wanted to do as a child?

When I was a kid I wanted to be an artist, so no. I finally decided that I was interested in either Engineering or Architecture when I  was in year 10. I did work experience in an Engineering and Architecture and decided to go with engineering…which worked out perfectly.

3. Did you find the transition between VCE and Uni difficult in any way?

I  found it difficult going from a school environment where I was constantly pushed to do the work, to uni where I didn’t even have to turn up. You really have to push yourself to do the work and get assignments completed, and ensure that you keep up with what you are learning.

4. What have been the highlights of course so far?

I love having so much free time. The people are really great. And I’ve really enjoyed the social aspect of uni. I also really love my course. I’m a bit of a maths nerd, so I’m loving that so much of my course involves that.

5. Where does your course take you (as a career)?

Well, there are a few different things I can pursue within Civil Engineering, but I’m thinking of majoring in Structural Engineering.

6. What is/has been your favourite subject?

At the moment I’m studying Steel Structures, which I love. I get to look at all the elements that make up a building and design it from the bottom up.

7. What does your average day at uni consist of?

Usually a ‘tute’ (uni slang for tutorial class) at around 9:30 in the morning. A break at 11:30, usually head to the cafeteria or Melbourne Central for lunch. Then a couple of hours of lectures in the afternoon.

Civil Engineers do A LOT of structural analysis of steel beam structures

8. Which area of uni has become your ‘2nd Home’ when you are studying?

I prefer not to study in the library as I like to talk whilst studying (not always that productive) so I usually find a table in the Cafeteria, and study with friends.

9. How much time do you spend at uni in an average week?

I usually go into Uni 4 days a week, for about 4 to 5 hours a day. I prefer to go in, rather than study at home.  As I get to see friends, and it gets me out of the house.

10. Do you work/participate in sport outside of uni? If so how do you balance time between the two?

I go to the gym, so it’s pretty flexible. I go on the mornings that I have off and I have all evenings free. So it’s pretty easy to fit in with my uni schedule. Although if I get really busy, my fitness tends to suffer a bit.

11. Do you still live at home or have you moved into a share house/college etc…. if so what do you think of living there whilst studying?

I’m still at home. I live close to the train station so it’s a really great location for getting into uni. I’d love to move out but I don’t think I’d be able to afford it while still as uni.


If you still want to find out more definitely go via the Eastern Resource Centre (‘ERC’) and the Science Students Centre or check out the Unimelb Handbook for Civil Subjects

  1. Kylie T. says:

    That’s great, but I’d like to know about the details of the subjects, like if the article was written more in depth so students in high school would know who to contact to find out more about the life of a civil engineer and the various projects you work on and how problems are solved. Or if the article told you more about the things the student was learning and not just the title of a subject. I recall being told Chemical Engineering would be great because of the opportunities, in hindsight, I wish I was told more in depth about what each subject consists of and what to expect in the industry etc.

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