Laura Taylor isn’t worried she’s outnumbered by boys four to one in her engineering course at Australian National University.
“I’m used to being in the minority in my preferred subjects. And when I talk to other girls who are doing engineering we all agree that it makes us more determined to do well,” she said.
Laura has always been good at maths and science, and wanted a practical way to apply those skills. While Laura hasn’t made a final decision on the career she wants to pursue, she’s leaning towards environmental engineering.
“Before I started uni I took a gap year to earn money and do some volunteer work. My volunteer work in Borneo really opened my eyes to the positive impact engineers can have on the world around us, from water management to public health” she said.
Although Laura had worked hard to save money to relocate to Canberra for study, she said the cost of living away from home can be hard to keep up with. “It’s the unexpected expenses that I find I can’t afford as a student – like when my laptop broke.”
“I’m used to being in the minority in my preferred subjects. And when I talk to other girls who are doing engineering we all agree that it makes us more determined to do well”Laura Taylor
Laura received a grant from the Country Education Foundation of Shoalhaven in NSW, to help her on her way to uni. “Getting scholarship support not only means I can afford my textbooks each semester, but it has also shown me that people believe in what I am doing” she says.
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