The West Australian : 2019-06-12

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26 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 LIFTOUT THE WEST AUSTRALIAN • ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE 2 University Mid Year Entry A close-knit community and room to grow For Murdoch University student Morgan Becker, finding her niche took a little trial and error. which really appealed to me. Plus, I wanted to go on exchange at some point and Murdoch’s exchange program looked really good.” THE DIFFERENCE THE RIGHT FIT CAN MAKE Originally from the tiny country town of Wickham with a population of just 2000, Ms Becker made the move to Perth with her family at 14 to finish her high school education. Since arriving at Murdoch, Ms Becker has wasted no time making the best of every opportunit­y available to her. A self-described black and white thinker with a love for numbers, she originally studied finance and mechanical engineerin­g at another Perth university. She participat­ed in On My Feet, a social enterprise program where students build business plans while raising money for people affected by homelessne­ss, and spent a semester abroad at California State University of Monterey Bay, just south of Silicon Valley. “I finished school and decided to study a double degree in engineerin­g and commerce,” Ms Becker said. “I’ve always loved mathematic­s and problem solving, so engineerin­g seemed like the obvious choice.” “I’ve actually been to four universiti­es in total, three in Perth and one in California for exchange, and Murdoch is definitely my favourite,” Ms Becker said. However, she soon found herself wanting to pursue something that would push her creative boundaries. Morgan Becker. mentoring,” she said. “The competitio­n was open to everyone, not just students, so I was really blown away by the calibre of entries, and it made me feel really proud to have been placed second.” “I am super excited to see where the future will take me.” “The teaching staff go above and beyond to engage, help and build strong relationsh­ips with their students, which makes it a lot easier to stay focused and ambitious.” “I decided I needed to do something I enjoyed more, so I made the switch to marketing, but continued finance as an additional degree,” she said. For more informatio­n, call 1300 687 3624 or visit www.murdoch.edu.au. Ms Becker’s proudest university moment was achieving second place in highly competitiv­e Australian innovation and entreprene­urship competitio­n, Alpha Innovation Contest, for her fashion app idea, Mirror Mirror. Ms Becker’s high achieving is showing no signs of slowing down, having just been accepted into the prestigiou­s IBM graduate program. “As I was changing out of engineerin­g I realised there was no real reason I needed to stay put at a university I wasn’t happy at. One of the biggest issues I had at my first uni was the size of the classes – they were huge. OPEN DAY Sunday July 28 10am-4pm www.murdoch.edu.au/openday. “Murdoch has provided me with the skills to start my own business and I can’t wait to work in an innovative environmen­t,” she said. “I won $5000 and met some awesome, like-minded people, which really opened up opportunit­ies for networking, investment and “A few of my friends went to Murdoch and they described it as a close-knit community, Louise Allan | Greta Andrews-Taylor | Andy Snelling | Nany Garces | Christian Hansen 9482 3893 Editor Writer Subeditor Designer Advertisin­g

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