Meet Enya – Bachelor’s student in Marine Science
Enya Thuvesson has always been interested in the ocean. Therefore, she wants to work with the ocean in some way. She thinks the marine area is very fascinating, with all the processes and the connection between all the different parts of the ocean. Now she is studying the Bachelor's Programme in Marine Science.
What made you want to apply for marine sciences?
“I have always been interested in animals and the ocean. During school, I was focused on animals and wanted to be a veterinary, but I later realized that this was not right for me. Where I grew up, near Åhus in southern Sweden, there was a lot of life in and around the ocean when I was little, but there is almost nothing left today. The new environment that I experienced when I moved to the West Coast gave me a new interest in the ocean.”
What do you want to work with after graduation?
“Now, I work with sea urchins, our closest relative in the sea. There is a lack of knowledge about them. I became so fascinated by these creatures, and they are partly one of the reasons I ended up on this track. But I have a broad interest, and there is so much interesting in the marine area. As long as I get to work with the ocean in some way, I’m fine with everything.”
What is easy and difficult about the program?
“There are subjects I think are difficult, math and physics are not my forte. What’s easy is that we get an overall picture that we can build on.“
What’s it like to study marine sciences?
“It’s very good to get an opportunity to adapt the programme, that we get to choose a specialisation. During the programme, we gain knowledge about all processes and everything that’s behind what we actually see. The connection between the different parts is something that made me want to continue the programme.”
What’s special about marine sciences?
“It’s difficult to explain how gigantic the subject is, and how much is included in the programme. Many people often think that we study to become marine biologists. They don’t understand how much more there is to the subject.”
Do you have any tips for those considering applying?
“Make sure you know your math, and update your knowledge a little before you start. There’s also the opportunity to study summer courses in mathematics via the University, I think that can be useful.”
What is the most fun thing about studying marine sciences?
“You get a foundation to stand on, and the opportunity to learn more about which paths you can take after graduation. I myself have been surprised that there are so many things you can work with, things I did not even know were actual jobs.”
Interview: Lovisa Thoursie