Moving from Sydney to study the Bachelor of Biomedicine was part of Joanne's life goal of becoming a pediatrician. A career that will combine her love of children with her passion for health.
Her inspiration comes from a social justice leadership role she held at high school and involvement in campaigns like World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine: "Children can't reach their full potential because they don’t have access to adequate resources…this should be a basic human right."
Choosing the University of Melbourne because of its placing as the top university in Australia and its reputation for outstanding teaching and research, Joanne loves the learning environment and access to programs and facilities.
There is such a diverse range of opportunities available to Biomedicine students at Melbourne - like the exchange program.
As part of the exchange program available through her Chancellor’s Scholarship, Joanne studied at the University of British Columbia in Canada: “It was truly an eye-opening experience and the best decision of my life!”
Living away from home Joanne has become more independent and formed long lasting friendships, particularly through her involvement in the Biomedicine Students Society. Outside of studying Joanne loves going to the gym, photography and - as a self-confessed foodie - exploring restaurants and brunch spots all over Melbourne. “I have definitely fallen in love with Melbourne’s café culture since moving here,” she says.