Hannah Lowe aimed for and achieved a realistic ATAR and is now in her third year of a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at The University of Sydney.
It’s a step up from some of the subjects she studied in her final years at Kincumber High School; agriculture with Mr. Boyd, general maths with Mr. Paz, geography with Mr. McGuigan. Hannah says, “I am really grateful for the support these teachers gave me, their mentoring and the effort they put into my education. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my year advisors Mrs Pratt and Mr McRobie.”
Hannah says she had a great time in in Year 12 as school captain, despite the stress of exams. She says, “The experiences I had have helped shape the person I am today. It was great that our year was so close because it meant that we had lots of fun together.”
The fun is continuing at university, both in Hannah’s studies and in her life as a student. She says, “I found myself thrown into a 600 seat lecture theatre, in the middle of Sydney, with a timetable of Biology, Chemistry and Statistics; I certainly found this challenging. Now though, I’ve learned to really appreciate that science is the basis of agriculture and production – something that’s important to us all!”
“I found myself thrown into a 600 seat lecture theatre, in the middle of Sydney, with a timetable of Biology, Chemistry and Statistics; I certainly found this challenging. Now though, I’ve learned to really appreciate that science is the basis of agriculture and production – something that’s important to us all!”
Hannah has always been one for making the most of opportunities, which has been easy to do in her course. The degree has included interesting work experience placements at Graziher Magazine journalist, Hassad Australia Jillaroo, and Archer Pastoral Company Livestock management. One of the best parts of the course is the small cohort Hannah is studying with, which is lucky because she spends four days a week, 9-5 with them. She says, “It’s been motivating to study with others who share similar interests to myself, but who also enjoy socialising!”
The University of Sydney Agricultural Society is one of Sydney University’s oldest student-run associations, and through this organisation Hannah was invited to give the occasional address at the 2017 Faculty awards evening earlier this year, as well as attend numerous conferences and networking events. Through AgSoc, Hannah was able to set up an internship with Goodman Fielder, a food science company where she has been working in R&D this year.
Hannah says the little things have made a big difference, and the important thing is learning how to find a balance. Hannah has lived at home for her degree, but this hasn’t stopped her from needing to squeeze in three jobs at one point. For Hannah, the commute to Sydney 5 days a week as well as full-time study, playing sport and managing to keep up a decent social life has been difficult, but she says it’s all about enjoying it.
Hannah will complete her honours next year, before hopefully securing a regionally based position which allows her to be both hands on and in the office. She’s after a challenge with an exciting company that offers her opportunities to learn and grow. She doesn’t have concrete plans for her future, but says the career paths in agriculture and production industries are endless. Hannah says, “I could find myself working on a farm as an agronomist (plants) or with livestock, I can work in Agribusiness or in a lab researching. Anything to do with food production and getting the product from paddock to plate – a lot more happens behind closed doors than you might think.”