UQ exercise and nutrition sciences graduate William Maish is pursuing a medical career.
UQ exercise and nutrition sciences graduate William Maish is pursuing a medical career.
20 December 2013

William Maish, formerly of the Sunshine Coast, has his sights set on a medical career that will combine his passion for exercise, nutrition and medicine.

Mr Maish graduated from The University of Queensland’s School of Human Movement Studies this December with a Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (BENS) degree, providing him a strong knowledge base from which to launch his next big challenge - becoming a medical doctor.

“I enrolled knowing the courses offered would provide me the best opportunity for success with the GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test) and future studies,” Mr Maish said.

“There aren’t very many programs where you go from learning about nutrition and exercise one day to dissecting cadavers the next.

“It was an incredible experience.”

Mr Maish was an active triathlete until mid-year when he eased off his training commitments to focus more on his study and, later, tutoring first and second year students.

“My first and second year anatomy lecturers amazed me with what they knew and how they taught such complicated content,” Mr Maish said.

“This led me to tutoring other students for the remainder of my studies which is something I have immensely enjoyed.”

Mr Maish hopes one day to combine his knowledge of exercise, nutrition and medicine to provide a holistic approach to the treatment and prevention of disease.

Mr Maish advised new students to study electives that were interesting, use the knowledge of lecturers and to find their own path.

“Don’t just take the easy option and go for good grades, it isn’t as rewarding as striving for excellence in something you enjoy,” Mr Maish said.

“Pursue what excites you, not what everyone else is doing. Chase something that is worth getting up at 6am every morning for.”

Contact: Janelle Hocking, Marketing and Communications, UQ School of Human Movement Studies, j.hocking1@uq.edu.au