My 4 years at MHS (1998-2001) were some of the most transformational years in my life. I made some of my closest friends to this day and got to know teachers who really cared about their students. The school grounds are incredible – who doesn’t want to go to school at a castle?? The location is excellent too – I remember many after-exam celebrations at the Jam Factory!
However, more than anything else, Melbourne High transformed me academically. I was a decent student at Kew High, nothing outstanding. But when I got to Melbourne High, I saw my results in the first year drop from A’s and A+’s to B’s and C’s. I realised that I was competing against a whole new calibre of students. It wasn’t ok to just work at the pace I had been used to, I had to really put in the effort. This was ultimately what drove me to work hard – my peers and I pushed each other to perform at a higher level. I graduated Melbourne High with a perfect ENTER score which I would have never dreamed of getting had I not gone to this school.
Since MHS, I did a double degree of BCom and BEng (Software w/ honours) at the University of Melbourne. I worked for 4 years as a management consultant (after a brief unhappy stint in investment banking). I then went overseas to do my MBA at Harvard Business School and came back a few years ago to assist Australian corporates and startups with taking strategy through to execution.