Student Story: Tabitha Mwikali Mutua

15 June 2021

Hi! My name is Tabitha Mwikali Mutua from Kenya. I am currently completing my Masters of Predictive Analytics at Curtin University.

Why did you choose to study in Perth?

I chose to study in Perth because of my love for everything mathematics-based. With a background in statistics and interest in data analytics and science, my options were rather limited back home. As such, I decided to explore options that would be affordable for me as an international student as well as provide me with the experience of a lifetime. Perth was the city that checked all the boxes!

What do you love most of living in Perth?

I love the old charm and history of Perth coupled with modern street art. Perth is a beautiful city that offers a lot of attractions – be it the beaches, the scenery or even the landscape. I love going down an alley and seeing a new mural that had not been there a week before, walking down Hay Street after a day of work and appreciating the beautiful 19th century buildings that still preserve the heritage of the city or getting on a train to Fremantle and appreciating the beauty of the old town, which reminds me of the coastal town of Mombasa in Kenya.

What do you love about your studies and institution?

When I started my course, I was a bit worried. The education system was rather different and more intense compared to what I was used to in Kenya. It took me a while to find my feet and once I did, I learnt to appreciate the skills I have acquired during my studies. Data is shaping the future and the skills that I am learning at Curtin University are equipping me with the ability to not just visualise the data, but also be able to critically analyse it and derive patterns that will be able to predict vital and useful information.

Studying at Curtin University has also allowed me to make friends from around the globe who have supported me through not only my educational journey, but also socially. I also love attending the weekend Zumba class offered at the institution’s sports centre to dance the week’s exhaustion and fatigue away.

What would you like to do after you finish studying in Perth?

With the current global situation as a result of the pandemic, the future is rather uncertain. I, however, hope to work in the data science/analytics industry, particularly in the financial sector once I am done with my studies. It may not seem like the most interesting career, but for me, it is rather intriguing! Understanding the markets and being able to predict the effects of the next event shocks on the market or the most opportune time to invest would provide me with the ideal opportunity to not only learn, but also enhance my skills.

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