Engineering and Commerce
Kye Felton graduated in 2015 and was very happy with his results, earning a place at university studying a Bachelors of Engineering and Bachelors of Commerce at Sydney University. Kye says year twelve marked the start of a transition into independence. Kye says, “During the junior years of school, everything was quite tedious, but things like choosing all your subjects, getting free periods and celebrations in your final week broke the repetitiveness. And everyone in the senior years just got along better.”
“Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do after school yet – neither did I and 90% of the cohort. Just try to find something you enjoy and use it as a direction. You can’t predict the future, but you can work towards getting somewhere that makes you happy and you can be proud of. Don’t be a full-time spud.”
Kye says it’s important to find a good balance between school, friends, work, and sport. He says, “Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do after school yet – neither did I and 90% of the cohort. Just try to find something you enjoy and use it as a direction. You can’t predict the future, but you can work towards getting somewhere that makes you happy and you can be proud of. Don’t be a full-time spud.”
Because Kye was considering taking on five-year degrees, he decided not to take a gap year and instead focus on completing his course. He had previously managed a small ebay business with his dad and liked the idea of running his own business. At first, he looked into combining and a Bachelor of Science with a Bachelor of Business at the University of Technology, but changed his mind after completing the HSC. He is now studying a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce at Sydney university. Kye says, “I chose engineering since it is a growing field and is still closely related to science, but would be more of a thrill as it’s more focused on problem solving.” After completing the first semester of university, Kye chose to major in electrical for engineering and management for commerce, however, in his second and third semesters he began to take an interest programming, economics and accounting. The next semester, Kye changed his engineering major to a software major. Kye says, “Funnily enough, my dad works in IT for an insurance company, and I used to say that his job looked so boring. Now I found myself following a similar path. It shows that you don’t know what the future holds – I studied neither IT or business in year 12 yet I ended up studying them at uni.” Although he has changed majors, Kye says he has enjoyed 100% of his time at university and has no regrets. In the meantime, he has travelled through Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, as well as working in retail, hospitality and education. Kye says, “To me, acing my degree is not an objective. Instead I am focused on enjoying uni life whilst it lasts, saving up for holidays where I can and taking any opportunity to advance my career.”
Kye says one of the best parts of this university life is having one third of the year off, as well as the flexibility of the semesters when studying. Kye says, “Consequently, I have spent too much time keeping an eye on cheap flight tickets and fantasizing and planning my next vacation.” Kye has met lots of different people, whether in classes or clubs, so it has been easy to find and make friends. One of the most difficult parts has been maintaining these friendships while living on the coast.
When it comes to studying, Kye has found that it can be quite overwhelming if you’re not organised. He says, “After only two weeks at uni I will somehow be three weeks behind on all my work. If you decide to stay living with parents like me, then you will be spending a lot of time on trains or driving each day. For some this is a pain, but I find it’s a good chance to crack down on homework. And all the money you work so hard to get and save will keep disappearing in events like holidays – consequently two minute noodles have become my new best friend!”