For former MLC scholarship recipient and current bequestor, Ally Wilson (2001), the opportunity of an MLC education set her on a path for personal and professional success.
“The breadth of the educational experience at MLC is incredible,” says Ally.
“I learnt everything from how to develop photos in a darkroom to raising a duckling in biology.”
Ally’s most vivid memories of MLC were forged during her eight weeks spent living with fellow Year 9 students at the College’s remote residential campus, MLC Marshmead.
“I loved the sense of community, the chance to learn in a different environment, the opportunity to farm and to discover the local flora and fauna,” she recalls.
“Rowing and snow sports were other highlights and I still value the discipline and time management skills I developed while balancing these activities with my academic work.”
“I also acquired invaluable skills in technology while at MLC. I had a laptop the whole way through and as a result I entered university then the workforce ahead of many of my peers in terms of comfort and familiarity with technology.”
After leaving MLC Ally completed a double degree in commerce and media/communications at the University of Melbourne. After being selected for a university leadership program with accountancy firm, Grant Thornton, she was offered a graduate role with the company.
Qualifying as a chartered accountant, she subsequently worked in an in-house accountancy role with a design firm before joining a publishing company as finance manager. In 2014 she started her own bookkeeping and management accountancy business and now employs five staff located within Australia and overseas. Having relocated to Bright with her husband, Ally loves the flexibility of running her own business.
Reflecting on her scholarship to MLC, Ally says it was a “life changing” experience.
“MLC offered me an education and range of experiences that I’ll never forget, as well as instilling in me the knowledge that anything is achievable if you work hard and put your mind to it.”
As a bequestor who has chosen to remember the College in her will, Ally wants to help give other girls the opportunity to attend MLC who might not otherwise have the chance to do so.
“I was updating my contact details with the College when I saw ‘are you interested in leaving a bequest?’ on the form. I thought yes – what a great way to give back to the school that gave me so much.”