Yasmin

1. A few questions about you:
a. How old are you?
23

b. What degree did you do at Sydney University?
Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with First Class Honours in Physics, and majors in Physics and History & Philosophy of Science.

c. When were you involved in the Science Revue, and what was your role?
I have been involved in the Science Revue in various roles since its inception in 2005. For Quantum Tunnelling for Dummies (2006) and Pulp Friction (2007) I was the choreographer (dance director) for the production itself, and in Radius of the Lost Arc (2008) I shared that role with Lia Moshkanbaryans. Additionally in 2006 I was the fundraising officer, one of the executive team members, and in 2007 I was one of two assistant directors. In 2009 I became the secretary of the society, and in that year we produced Jurassic Quark. In addition to these production and executive roles I have been directly involved in each Science Revue production in both behind-the-scenes and performance roles.

d. What have you done after your involvement in the Science Revue
Through the Science Revue I became aware of the internship and graduate programs at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In January and February 2009 I did a six week internship in their audits division, a very new but enjoyable experience for a physics major. I then returned to university to complete my honours year. In 2010 I will be joining PwC as a graduate.

e. What are your eventual career aims?
f. What is your favourite chemical element and why?

2. How did you get involved in Science Revue?
At the time of Science Revue's birth I was friends with Nick Cooper, who founded the society and was the producer of our first revue, Quantum Tunneling for Dummies.

3. What skills has the Science Revue helped you develop?
This could be a long list. Time management is a big one - juggling full-time study with a rehearsal schedule is near impossible unless you learn to be disciplined and proactive about your goals and deadlines. Self confidence in presentation in another, and this has been developed not only directly through performance workshops and executive or production roles, but also simply as a consequence of everyday Science Revue events, such as meeting new people, creating ideas for performances and liaising with various university contacts on behalf of the society. Of course teamwork is another major one, as are organisational skills and the ability to take initiative and responsibility. (Also learning to survive on very little sleep!) All of these skills and more are a consequence of being involved in a large-scale project run by students and for students, which is unlike any experience provided within the academic curriculum.

4. What is your favourite Science Revue experience?
Apart from show nights?! I don't think I could pick just one moment. Actually there is one experience that I look forward to every year. Since my roles in Science Revue have usually been on the production or dance/song side of the show, rather than the acting side, I always love the first day when I see each of the polished sketches performed. The creativity, talent and humour of our group never fails to amaze me (and keep my stomach in stitches from laughter!).

5. Do you keep in contact with friends from Science Revue?
I'm a very recent alumni, so yes, a large majority of my friends have either been made through Science Revue or have themselves become involved with Science Revue over the years. I sincerely hope that these friendships continue to last and have no doubt that they will. One of my favourite things about Science Revue is the friendships I have developed with people I would not have necessarily met otherwise - those in different years of study, different degrees and even different faculties!

6. Would you recommend Science Revue to other students? Why?
Absolutely! Science Revue is undoubtedly one of the best university experiences I have had. I firmly believe, along with many other "Science Revue alumni", that our extracurricular involvement in the Science Revue has not only increased our enjoyment of our time at university, but directly contributed to the academic achievements we have made. Science Revue gives many benefits to students, ranging from meeting new classmates with whom to study, to relieving the stress of academia through rehearsals, performances and social events, to developing highly sought after skills such as teamwork, negotiation and self confidence in presentation. The Dandy Warhols got it wrong when they said "We've gotta live on science alone" - Science Revue provides the perfect complement to any BSc.

7. Do you have any other comments?
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