“Giving for future students is just something I’m happy to do,” says 24-year-old Brad McMillan.
“I had such a good experience at Swinburne. I lived on campus and everyone was so friendly. The village there was awesome,” he says.
Brad is an annual donor to Swinburne’s rural and regional student fund. He says he is proud to be part of the alumni community and wants to support other people making the move from the country to Swinburne. After all, for some young people, moving from a regional community to a city the size of Melbourne can have many challenges.
Brad graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Swinburne in 2011 and is currently completing his Chartered Accounting qualification with Melbourne firm Lowe Lippmann.
Brad came to Swinburne from the country town of Wonthaggi in South Gippsland, which may seem a long way from the big smoke of Melbourne. The distance can seem especially daunting for a young person more focused on getting through year 12 than leaving home.
But when Brad came to Melbourne with his mother to explore his study options, there was one university on his list where he quickly felt right at home.
“Mum and I visited three universities. Swinburne really stood out from the concrete jungles of the other two,” Brad recalls.
“I immediately connected with the atmosphere. It was just a clear choice for me and I am now more than happy to keep up the contact.”
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Brad McMillan, Accountant