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Student develops application

Brigid Feeney | Tuesday, November 6, 2012

For senior Monica Murphy, Saturday was noteworthy not only because of another football victory, but for also reaching a major milestone in her life with the release of an app in the iTunes store she helped write and design.

The app, called Beautiful You, was launched Saturday and is designed to provide girls and young woman with motivation and inspiration for their everyday lives. In the promotional video her team made, Murphy said she hopes users find the app moving.

“Your purpose is bigger than big,” she said.
“When you believe in yourself, you take bold steps towards the life you were meant to live. I want to help empower you so you can transform your mind and understand all the potential you have. We hope that you will find this app to inspire you throughout your daily life.”

Murphy founded the app with sophomore Meghan Roder and the help of Indiana State University student Cory Rehs, whom she met through a mutual friend.

Murphy said the project has taken nearly a year to develop.

“My team and I spent about 11 months writing encouraging content, while Cory got to work on developing and designing the app,” Murphy said. “A developer’s fee costs $100.”

The content users purchase ranges from quotes to reflections to interactive subject matter.

“On this app, you will find encouragement, challenges and reflections, all to inspire you – as well as a unique interactive piece to help support you in your walk of sisterhood and personal growth,” Murphy said.

Murphy said she is excited her dream of creating an app has been achieved. She said she is grateful for the opportunity this app affords her and Roder to reach women on a wider level than before.

“Meghan and I are two ordinary college students who had an extraordinary dream,” she said. “Our app, Beautiful You, allows us the opportunity to impact females on a broader level. We want to build the kingdom and felt called to team up to use the genuineness of our gifts. So many girls and women are hungry for purpose in their lives and want to be encouraged and inspired.”

The app costs 99 cents and is now available for sale on iTunes.

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