It was the vast array of postgraduate opportunities that first attracted Lauren to begin her tertiary studies with a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne.
She has since completed a Master of Clinical Audiology and a PhD.
“I wanted to continue in an environment that thrived on new concepts and evolving methodologies,” she says. “The University had already provided me with that environment through my previous two degrees, and I had reached a stage where I was passionate enough about audiology that I was willing to dedicate a few years to doing a PhD in the area.”
The member of the MDHS Student Ambassador Program says the biggest learning curve was time management.
“A PhD is incredibly self-directed, and to reach your milestones on time you need to have done the work, liaised with your supervisors and other academics, and allowed time for things to go wrong.”
Lauren plans to continue developing her clinical expertise as a vestibular (balance) audiologist, as well as continuing research and tertiary teaching.
“I am constantly inspired by the people around me – the diligence of my fellow PhD students, the dedication of my supervisors, and the knowledge base of the academics I work with. Plus, the perseverance of my patients and the inquisitiveness of my students.”
Read more about Lauren and her PhD experience here.