“Murdoch felt so inclusive to me from the beginning. I knew this was where I wanted to be.”
My name: Cassandra Power (I prefer Cassie!)
My age: 20
My course: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama, and Screen Production.
A little bit about me
I’m down to earth with a passion for theatre. You might think these two things don’t go together, and I don’t blame you. Theatre people are stereotypically over-the-top people with the enthusiasm of a wild monkey; and earthy people are stereotypically reserved, tree huggers. I think I fill both of those definitions!
My happy time is when I’m cooking and baking. I like making costumes, and I often make my own costumes for the shows I’m in.
How I would describe my way of thinking
I’m a very creative person, and I’m a ‘picture person’. I’m dyslexic, so I don’t see words in the same way other people see words or sentences. I learn predominantly through pictures and through memory.
If Murdoch has taught me anything, it has taught me to think more critically about the world. I have learnt to trust myself and trust my instincts. In terms of how it’s helped me to develop my thinking, I feel more confident as a young woman and where I want to be in this world.
Curious about Cassie’s way of thinking? Check out her Spotify playlist below:
How I knew I wanted to study theatre, drama and screen production
I have had a love for theatre since I was five, where I sold raffle tickets for my local theatre troop. Since then, I’ve had a vision of being a theatre maker who uses performance as a tool to get environmental messages out to the world.
I knew for sure I wanted to go to university, but I was homeschooled and did not have an ATAR score. I looked at so many different alternative pathways when finally I stumbled across OnTrack at Murdoch.
Why I chose Murdoch
When I came to the Open Day at Murdoch, I was sold. The Murdoch environment struck me positively in every sense, from the colours of the campus, the native plants and the smell of the wildflowers in bloom to the people I met who gave me their tips on where to find the best coffee on campus.
Open Day made me excited to become a hands-on learner rather than being drowned in theory. On day one, one of the tutors at Murdoch, Dr David Moody, spoke about what courses there were, and I had never seen such passion before. Murdoch felt so inclusive to me from the beginning. I knew this was where I wanted to be.
Why I love Murdoch
The connections I’ve made are one of the best things about Murdoch. I’ve made some great industry connections which I’m so grateful for, but I’ve also made really valuable one-on-one connections with lecturers, tutors and other students. It’s really added an extra level of depth to what I’ve been able to achieve.
I’ve also fallen even more in love with the campus. Sometimes when I need a break from studying I’ll just go for a walk around campus. Sometimes I’ll even study as I walk!
My favourite places are the Chinese Gardens, and an old amphitheatre at the very back of the campus. It’s fenced off now but I look through the fence and imagine what it was like to perform in the amphitheatre. It just has this essence about it, I think it’s magical.
My most memorable experience
There was a time where I was doing a monologue for a unit and I was really nervous about it. I knew I needed some time, so I contacted my tutor David Moody and he booked off a full half day for me and worked with me one-on-one.
It was so amazing because he broke down every detail of my monologue, and really pushed me to be better. Again, it goes back to the same feeling I had on day one: the people at Murdoch really are here to help you – all you have to do is ask!
My proudest achievement
One of my proudest achievements was when I won an award for being a high achieving student throughout OnTrack and first year uni. My dad is a Murdoch alumnus, he is my drive to do better. My mum is my inspiration. I am so grateful I got the privilege to be there at the awards ceremony, and it was wonderful to have them by my side.
My plans for after graduation
There are endless possibilities and pathways opened for me because of Murdoch. Through Murdoch networking, I am involved with directors from The Blue Room Theatre and have been on multiple film shoots. I am hoping to get into acting at The Blue Room and making my own theatre. Or continue my study, because I don’t know if I could ever leave!