VIDEO: What does it mean to be a free-thinker?

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Being a free-thinker can mean different things to different people.

Whether it’s being open to new ideas and opportunities, exploring ways to think for yourself, or pursuing a greater understanding of new perspectives, what does it mean to be a free-thinker?

Embracing an openness to new ideas

Independent thinking may be more challenging, but the payoff is more rewarding.

When first starting her Security, Terrorism and Counter Terrorism and Criminology degree, Lucy found the concept of independent thinking difficult to understand. Murdoch’s teaching staff have provided Lucy with the perfect foundation to become an independent learner, while her unique experiences will further develop her own thinking and help shape her values into central ideas.

To Lucy, free-thinking means acknowledging that her ways of thinking are going to continue to change for the rest of her life, giving her greater flexibility and adaptability when confronting future challenges.

Learning independently to shape our values

When it comes to critical thinking, questioning how we think is just as important as questioning what we think.

For international aid and business student Sabreen, free-thinking is more important than just learning how to think critically, it’s at the very core of identifying her personal values.

Guided by the support of staff at Murdoch University, Sabreen has been encouraged to think both more clearly and deeply, and to ask in-depth questions about not just what she is thinking, but how she is thinking. 

Free-thinking has helped made Sabreen more open to the world around her and realise the potential she has to help improve the lives of others.

Thinking critically to succeed under pressure

Being able to come up with unique solutions is more than just writing notes – it’s down to critical thinking.

High pressure environments can test even the most capable leaners. For third-year nursing student Emily, the ability to think critically has allowed her to excel in unpredictable and challenging environments.

Thanks to practical placements in her degree, Emily has seen a huge progression in her ability to think independently and problem solve. To Emily, free-thinking will allow her to make decisions that are best for both her patients and the wider medical community in her future profession.

Embracing who you are to discover how you learn best

The highest levels of academia are accessible to all with a passion for learning.

Motivated by the independent learning encouraged by Murdoch academic staff, Molecular Biology PhD student, Talitha, believes a strong sense of identity is the key to lifelong learning. From not completing high school to becoming PhD student, Talitha is a testament to what your own determination and the support of others can achieve.

For Talitha, free-thinking has allowed her to become excited about education again, something many of us forget as we grow up and move through life.

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23 Aug 2018

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