Whether it's getting involved in student societies or sporting clubs - Kimi has a hand in almost everything

Hi everyone! My name’s Kimberly Pellosis and I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) and I’m now a final year Master of Agricultural Sciences student at the University of Melbourne.

I’m very interested in the interplay between environmental science and agriculture, and my goal is to develop innovative, sustainable practices and economically efficient production and management in the Australian agricultural and environmental sector. I strive to be a well-rounded student, and lead in whatever capacity I can to promote equity and environmental sustainability.

There have been many highlights of my degree so far. I’ve been able to gain work experience through internship subjects, undertake classes at the Dookie, Creswick and Burnley campuses, and I've had the opportunity to be mentored by Mike Stephens, Director of Meridian Agriculture, as part of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Mentor Program. I'll also be going to the University of Copenhagen for a study abroad subject!

I love making the most of my time at uni and I get involved in a number of extracurricular activities such as the Graduate Agriculture and Food Society (GAFS). I’m currently the president of the society and I’m privileged to be supported by an amazing executive committee. We deliver events and projects to benefit students professionally and socially in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS).

2017 GAFS Team Retreat

I would highly recommend being a member of GAFS! Membership is free and we provide various social and professional networking opportunities throughout the year. And don’t be scared to get out there - introduce yourself to the person next to you in your lectures and tutorials! The advantage of a relatively smaller cohort within the Master of Agricultural Sciences is that you get to know all the other students just that little bit better as you end up seeing familiar faces in most of your subjects.

Throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate degree, I've been a part of the Melbourne University Softball Club and I’ve also competed nationally for softball in the Australian University Games (UniGames). If you can participate, I would highly recommend attending UniGames – I’ve enjoyed my time so much, this year would be my sixth year!

UniGames 2017: all muddy in the catcher’s gear!

As team manager of the softball club, I’ve been able to develop my project management skills through providing reasoning and basis for the team to be able to attend the competition, organising team recruitment, planning and coordinating logistics, and sourcing financial support through sponsorships and fundraising efforts.

If you’re interested in playing sports, come join the softball team! We’re always on the lookout for new recruits no matter what level you’re at (there’s a team for every player). Everyone is incredibly friendly and nice, and the club has a great social and sporting culture.

Lastly, I’ve also had a lot of fun volunteering at the university – it’s a great way to get out of your comfort zone, and give back to the community. There are heaps of opportunities to get involved, and the world is your oyster if you choose to make the most out of your time at university.

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