Anja Samardzic

  • Age: 21
  • Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) (Honours) and Bachelor of Medical Sciences


Anja Samardzic

What attracted you to the Global Engineering Field Work course? I was attracted to the subject name itself – Global Engineering Field Work. Global, in that I’ll be participating in something that will have an impact on a global scale. Engineering, in that the work that I’ll be doing will require innovation, and the development of solutions to design problems based in an unfamiliar context. And field work, in that I’ll have the chance to be actively involved in the implementation of a design solution, and also experience the practical issues involved in the delivery and implementation of a humanitarian project.

What are your preconceived notions about India? With the population density in the cities of India being so much larger than Australian cities, I have always imagined India to be a bustling and lively country. I picture it as vibrant and incredibly culturally diverse, and I believe that each day will bring new and different sights and experiences.

What have you heard about India? I’ve heard that my first few days in India will come as somewhat of a shock to my system, on both a sensory and mental level. In particular I’ve been told that my experiences in India and the things that I will see will really challenge, and probably change my notions of wealth and ‘normal’ living.

What do you hope to achieve while you’re there? I really hope to be able to put my engineering experience and skills towards the development of design solutions that have the capacity to drive constructive social and economic change. I hope that I will be able to come out of the program having achieved something that will have a lasting and positive impact on someone’s life. I also hope that my experiences will help me grow, both as an engineer, and as a person.

What are you excited about? I’m incredibly excited to experience a new culture, and to visit a part of the world that I’ve never been to before. I’m also excited to be thrown out of my comfort zone and into a context that requires the navigation of a foreign cultural and social environment. As I do not come from a civil engineering background I’m excited to learn and also to share the things that I know as a Biomedical Engineer. I hope that I’ll be able to offer a different perspective that will ultimately go towards assisting the development of more innovative and sustainable design solutions.

What is the type of role you are hoping to secure once you’ve graduated? I’m hoping to continue to work as a Biomedical Engineer in a role where I can actively see that my work and efforts are going towards improving the lives and living standard of others. In addition to this, I’m hoping that, regardless of where I end up, I’ll still be able to continue on with some form of volunteer work in a developing world context. 

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