International student Esther Yvon left her home of Mauritius in pursuit of achieving great things through her study at the University of Newcastle. With a passion for chemistry, she enrolled in a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) and soon found that her degree would prepare her for exciting and varied career paths.

“Engineering is present in all different aspects of our life – skyscrapers, cars, toothpaste, the water we drink, our food and so much more. I knew it would be a degree where I could learn about different things and it would provide me diverse career opportunities.

“This degree has moulded my character to withstand the challenges that I’ll face in my career. It’s helped me learn how to manage my time efficiently, to work smarter and not harder, and to produce quality work under pressure to meet deadlines,” Esther said.

For Esther, the University of Newcastle and Newcastle lifestyle ticked all the boxes, and receiving the FEBE Golden Jubilee Commemorative International Scholarship meant she could focus on getting the most out of her studies.

“As an islander, I knew this place will help me stay connected to home thanks to the beaches and nature. The scholarship was an exceptional added bonus, of course.

“It has really helped me throughout my studies – knowing that my parents won’t have the burden of tuition fees allowed me to entirely focus on my studies.

“It also motivated me to work harder as I knew I’d been given a great opportunity. I wanted to make the most of it and live up to the expectations,” Esther added.

Through internships with NIER and MJM Environmental, Esther became more confident in her abilities and aware of the powerful role engineers, and she, can play in finding solutions to global problems.

“I want to work in an area where I know what I’m doing is having a positive impact. A career in the water or energy industry or pharmaceuticals are my first choice. But I’m open to any opportunities that have the potential to bring about positive change,” Esther concluded.

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Meolla Esther Yvon

Being awarded a FEBE Golden Jubilee Commemorative International Scholarship helped Esther get the most out of her studies.

I’m someone who doesn’t like being confined and likes having options. I also aspire to do a job that will allow me to have a positive impact. I believe engineering can help me do both.

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