Having given up all science subjects since the beginning of university, doing a research project about precision medicine was quite a challenge. With only Year 10 Biology knowledge about the basic structure of cells, it was rather disheartening at first when I could not seem to understand any terminology used in the field of study my project was based in. It took weeks just to wrap my head around the concept of the project, let alone implement the methods of the project. Furthermore, it was one thing to understand the idea, but it was another issue to be able to pitch the greatness of the idea when you are clueless about its background and its strengths as well.

It was during the final two weeks of the project when pieces started falling into their rightful place. I was quite stressed out by the fact that I had a lot left to do in that short period of time, but I also realised that this experience was truly not all that depressing. I made some revelations along the way and I am truly blessed to have so much guidance throughout. I came to accept that my ideas are not always the best as it would have initially seemed in my head. It is important to listen and acknowledge others’ opinions. Then, by trying to incorporate ideas of my own with others’ ideas, better ideas can be formed! Most importantly, I realised that this was only possible with the great teamwork and good communication we had between us students and our supervisor, which I am very grateful for.

Through this project, I was able to discover an amazing new field, known as precision medicine. I may not have contributed to this research field as much as I would have hoped to and I may not have sold the concept in the best way during my presentation. However, I personally also learned a lot from this research experience. Most notably that the world would not be as advanced as it is today without the continuous growth in our statistical knowledge and mathematical skills. Thus, I hope to further grow my data analytical skills and statistical knowledge so that be it in research or in the industry, I will also be able to achieve great things in the future.

Samantha Chew
The University of Sydney

Samantha Chew
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