Arlene Mendoza

Female student looks at solar panels

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Finance

Don’t be afraid to go out and explore!

This is advice from fourth-year student Arlene Mendoza, who is currently completing her double degree in engineering and finance. She encourages new students to be adventurous during their time at ANU, and try new things – even if it may seem challenging at first.

Going to ANU is more than just getting a degree. It is an entire experience that you have to immerse yourself in to get the most out of it.

And what has challenged Arlene during her time at ANU? Well, competing in the worlds’ most prestigious solar racing competition to start.

Arlene was the the Race Team Leader for Sol Invictus, ANU’s World Solar Challenge team. This involved participating in the design and construction of a solar car that needed to travel a massive 3000km from Darwin to Adelaide.

She credits ANU’s unique and diverse systems engineering degree in helping her to develop a skillset that can be applied to real-life situations.

I have the skills and tools to be able to pursue almost anything…it is an engineering degree geared for the future.

Arlene takes her own advice when thinking about her future career. She’s not quite sure what she wants to do after she graduates, but she is excited to get out there and try different things – something her time at ANU has prepared her well to achieve.

I chose my degree because it will open lots of career prospects once I graduate and the possibilities will be endless.

But one thing she does know, is that being flexible and taking on new challenges will help her to achieve amazing experiences, both in her career and her life. 

Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and you will be amazed at what you can achieve.


Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing