Always A Mater Girl

Louise Mugridge (2016)

Louise's pursuit of a career in Medicine stems from a deep desire to give back to her community and make a difference in other people's lives.

Like so many other past students, Louise says these were values instilled in her during her time at the Mater Christi.

These values also reflect the intent of the Good Samaritan Sisters, who established our College in 1964 and who have been prioritising the education of disadvantaged children since they were established in Australia in the 1850s.

Louise describes her time at the College as “a period of immense learning and character development”.

“I learnt a lot about myself and what I valued. I began to understand how I might come to contribute to the larger community beyond Mater Christi.”

Thanks to her ‘incredibly passionate and dedicated teacher’, Lauren Faragher Louise fell in love with Science in Year 10. This led her to study Science, majoring in Immunology, followed by Medicine, at Monash University.

Louise says her love of Medicine is also linked to a deep desire to support others.

“The ability to make a difference to so many people’s lives, not only to my patients but their families, makes me feel incredibly privileged to do what I do.”

Having recently graduated in the top 1% of Medical students at Monash, and as the Arthur Clark Prize in Paediatrics recipient, Louise now hopes to become a Rheumatologist and ‘provide the best patient-centred care possible’.

It wasn’t all Science for Louise at secondary school. She was heavily involved and loved being part of College productions and is still friends with many she shared the experience with.

“I loved the productions and the community that came with them. I am still very close with many of the friends I made through these events, and we continue to reminisce about the fond memories made during their times."

As advice to current Mater Christi students, Louise offers these wise words:

“It’s okay to be unsure of absolutely everything - who you are, where you want to be and what you want to do. Secondary school is the time to explore, try new things, fail, succeed, and grow.”

We are always keen to hear from former students about their journey beyond Mater Christi.

From time to time, we publish stories on social media and our website, showcasing the diverse talents, careers, and achievements of our alumnae. These help to inspire current students and highlight the diverse pathways and opportunities that are available and possible.

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