Matthew de Freitas


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  • Campus: Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria

Matthew de Freitas

What are you studying?

Accounting / Banking and Finance.

How do you want to make a difference in the world?

There are is one specific realm where I would like to make a positive, namely: bridging education gaps.

I feel that lack of education can essentially act as a monumental hindrance to any country. I myself, have experienced the effects of such a situation through growing up in South Africa. Lack of education often acts a vehement python that mangles society holistically. For example, lack of education often results in a lack of self-efficacy and unemployment. The aforementioned 2 factors often work in unison, thereby resulting in increases in crime and poverty, subsequently leading to the end-product of economic deficits. 

Although, the education crisis is not as severe in Australia, I have tried to alleviate this issue through actively enrolling in the Monash Access Mentor Program, which has allowed me to create student-to-student connections, thereby helping secondary students from low socio-economic (low SES) communities bridge the gap from school to university.

What you are interested in outside of Uni and work?

Believe it or not, my favourite place to be is in the gym. I workout 6 days a week and find that gym definitely helps keep me sane, whilst keeping me fit at the same time. One of my favourite sports is soccer-my favourite team would definitely have to be Chelsea! Some of my other hobbies include music-production as well as tennis.

What was your first impression of studying accounting/business?

Studying a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) has been a wonderful experience overall. Studying this degree has endowed me with a multilateral view of how to interpret the financial performance of a business holistically. I have found the skills that I have learned, such as financial statement interpretation and ratio analysis to be directly applicable into the workplace, seeing that I have utilised such skill-sets throughout my internship history. Furthermore, through studying Accounting I have also bettered my understanding within areas relating to Finance , so essentially the degree possesses a dual-function learning outcome.

Tell me how you first got involved in with accounting/business, what inspired you?

I have always been an exceptionally analytical person. I felt that accounting matched such a personality trait seeing that one of the key components of the job is to conduct a financial analysis based on solvency, liquidity and profitability.

Furthermore, accounting has always come naturally to me and I feel that based on my numerical predilection I may succeed in the job.

Lastly, I felt that working in accounting would endow me with the opportunity to assist individuals in managing their expenses, thereby allowing them to realise their full financial potential.