Life after graduation: the first year

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We sat down with Joanna Harrison to get a recent graduate’s perspective on uni life. Joanna graduated in 2018 and has since gained experience in PR and internal communications. She’s not a fan of top sheets, but loves an extra blanket.

What did you study at Murdoch?

I completed a double major in photography and web communications.

Who was your favourite lecturer?

I have two - Deborah Williams and Maeve Berry.


Both Deb and Maeve respectively make their lectures and classes engaging and interactive. They use memorable case studies to solidify points, ask for students’ opinions, and bring incredible energy into the room. You can tell they are passionate about what they do, encouraging students to be passionate too.

How is life post-graduation?

Good – I have gained experience in both public relations and internal communications since graduating. While I miss the uni experience, I’m happy to have a lot more stability. 

What do you think is Murdoch’s point of difference compared with other universities?

Murdoch has always felt like a very supportive university. I felt safe to speak up about issues and if I needed help, I felt like the university had lots of support available. 

Tell me something you think or believe that almost nobody agrees with you on?

Top sheets. Why do top sheets exist?

Where’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

New Zealand. It is incredibly lush and hilly. Driving around NZ is never dull and it’s a great break from the mostly flat and sparse WA.  

What is the best decision you have ever made?

Going vegan! I love food more than ever, and know I am making a better decision for the animals, the environment, and my health. 

What are you hopeless at?

Basically anything that involves balance. Rollerblading, skiing, skating, you name it.  

Who inspires you?

My friends, family, and partner inspire me to be best version of myself. In terms of people I don’t know, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is awe-inspiring to me, and gives me hope that one individual can make a big difference.  

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

A piece of relationship advice that I tell anyone who will listen – if you share a bed with a partner, have a blanket each, so you don’t have to fight over it!

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12 Jun 2019



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