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Student Story: I've always been a science freak

A look behind the scenes of our bachelor degree programme Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Klavdija Bastl from Slovenia specialised in chemistry and physics for her high school leaving certificate. She began her volleyball career at the age of 7, then continued semi-professionally for a few years and now she is a coach for Campus Sport. However, she still insists her greatest passion is science. 

Klavdija has found her passion and a new strong community here in Krems.

Klavdija has found her passion and a new strong community here in Krems.

Great atmosphere and facilities at IMC Campus Krems

When I got home from school, I used to do chemistry exercises for fun. Sounds weird, but it’s true. I always fancied studying abroad and all I wanted was to find a university, where I could best develop my talents. Naturally, I thought studying chemistry would be the way to go. However, I wanted to attend a more innovative study programme. Thus, I decided to turn to the internet for help and there it was, the perfect match, Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.

I came to Krems for the open day and fell in love with the place. There was a wow factor about the campus, and the lecturers were so down to earth – it was incredible. I was swept off my feet by the laboratory visit, where they presented the cancer research they do here. This is what I am passionate about and what I want to dedicate my life to. So, the programme was perfect for me.

Next stop: Harvard Medical School

I didn’t expect that there would be so many lectures in the lab. I’m only 21 years old and I’ve learned how to isolate DNA – something I would never have imagined that I’d be doing a couple of years ago. I have already got the approval to do my internship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Harvard Medical School). I cannot believe what has happened during the past months!

A fantastic basis for the future career

Without the IMC Krems, I would not be where I am today. That is why I recently went back to my old high school to talk to the pupils about the programme. I wanted them to have the same opportunity that the IMC has given me. I believe, that in order to really be successful at what you do, you first need to understand and master the basics. I am really convinced that the basic study programme in the field of medical and pharmaceutical biotechnology will give us the knowledge and experience we need to prosper.

My tip

When I look back, I know that there was no need to feel nervous at the start of the programme. You’re really well looked after here – there’s plenty of supervision and support. It’s like I’ve found a new family here. Just take advantage of all the opportunities, don’t be afraid. Go for it! 

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