Profile - Karina Siems

Karina SiemsUndergraduate
Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Growing up in a country town was a great way to spend my childhood, but I always knew that I wanted to experience the exciting places and people that cities have to offer, and expand my career options. Towards the end of school it was time to decide what to do and where to go.

I was always fascinated with structures. No matter whether they were big or small, there was something remarkable about how they were put together and how they stood the test of time. I was excited by the prospect of helping to develop and build them, so a future in civil engineering seemed like a great fit.

Choosing to study at UNSW was pretty logical. I wanted a degree that would be well respected worldwide, in a city that would challenge and inspire me. Moving to Sydney certainly fit the bill, and when I asked people to name the best engineering universities in Australia, UNSW was always at the top of the list. Not only that, UNSW Engineering is the biggest engineering faculty in Australia, with the widest choice of degree options, and it’s also known worldwide for its teaching standards. It has turned out to be a great match, and I am genuinely interested and challenged every day in class.

Making such a life-changing move was never going to be easy, living away from friends and family, juggling study, assignments and exams, and living on a limited budget, but choosing UNSW was a great decision for many reasons. It’s more than just a brilliant place to study, it’s also a great community to be a part of with a wonderful atmosphere, a vast array of student organisations and clubs (there really is something for everyone), a fantastic social scene, and the opportunity to make friends with others who have the same goals and interests that you do. I was also offered a UNSW Rural Engineering Scholarship which made a difference financially.

When I graduate, I hope to find a job within a leading engineering company so I can keep using and developing the skills I’m learning at UNSW. In the long term, I would love to work overseas. I have a British passport which could open some really interesting doors for me to work on engineering projects in the UK, Europe and beyond. If my career can become a gateway to the things I love – travel, intellectual stimulation, meeting remarkable people, and even doing a little bit of good in the world – then I will be a very happy person.