Science Fiction Movies Influenced Graduate’s Chosen Field of Study
All the science fiction movies BSc graduate Mr Warren Roberson watched sparked his interest in astronomy. Now he is registered for an honours degree and is a recipient of an SKA bursary through the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit at UKZN. He has also won the SANSA book prize for the best second year student in Physics.
Roberson initially studied Engineering but in his second year, he switched to a BSc degree in Astrophysics because he found it more interesting. I wanted to learn more about the fundamental laws of science so studying Astrophysics seemed like a more suitable choice.
‘I think all the science fiction movies that I’ve watched sparked my interest in Astronomy. The movies lead to me thinking about the possibility of life in other galaxies and also lead to me becoming interested in subjects such as black holes.’
Roberson says his family is his biggest source of motivation and support and they are extremely proud of him because he’s the first in his family to attend university.
He feels his success is largely due to effective time management. ‘I prefer working consistently so that I don’t have to be stressed before an exam.’ Warren plans to register for a Masters degree in Astrophysics in 2015.
- Strini Rajgopaul