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Jess Glasson SEBE Student

30 April 2020

How SEBE student Jess got her spark back while studying online!

Like many students, Jess Glasson has found the unexpected transition to studying online this trimester a bit of a challenge.

Currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Science at Deakin’s Burwood Campus, Jess is majoring in cell biology. She says that she initially struggled with online study as she really missed the hands-on aspects of her course: ‘As we are unable to undertake practicals in the lab at the moment, I initially felt I had lost my “spark” about science.’

To help, Jess contacted some of her lecturers for ideas on how to stay connected and passionate.

‘I really appreciated the help I received after reaching out and I think this displays the spirit of the Deakin community well,’ says Jess. ‘Some of these tips included listening to podcasts, watching science-based TED Talks, reading journal articles that I find interesting and creating science communication, which is all about building bridges between the people involved in scientific research and the general public.’

Jess has spent time creating informative infographics for a general audience with no scientific background, on topics like antibiotic resistance. She says that the importance of having accurate information has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, so she’s been focusing on producing material based on reputable and reliable sources. 

‘I am really thankful I decided to give it a go as it has given me a chance to use skills I have developed throughout my course to communicate a topic I find interesting,’ Jess explains. ‘This has really helped me find my “spark” again!’

How to stay passionate and motivated

Jess also says that it’s important to find things you enjoy that are related – but not essential – for your course:

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