It’s been a big year for Mitch Wallis. The Western Bulldogs player is celebrating a double victory – in his footy career and his academic pursuits.
Not only has the Mitch been selected to take part in a coveted leadership group to help set a new standard for the next intake of players, the 26-year-old is about to graduate from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting.
Since his AFL debut in 2011, Mitch has juggled a fulltime footy career with part-time study at VU – and the hours of cramming, late nights and dedication have paid off.
Déjà VU – following in his father's footsteps
For Mitch’s dad, Steve, witnessing his son wearing a cap and gown will definitely feel like déjà vu. Twenty-eight years ago, Steve, a former Bulldogs star and VU alumnus, also graduated with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting.
“I recommend VU because it’s a great environment to study and learn, and you meet so many good friends and teachers who really care about you," said Mitch.
“I feel comfortable in this environment and I think it gives me the best chance to be successful in my life, so I’d highly recommend it to anyone who wants to study."
Mitch credits his dad with inspiring him to pursue business as a profession and the young entrepreneur isn’t wasting any time when it comes forging his new career.
He has recently joined his family establishing a new investment company. “I’ve always known that footy doesn’t last forever. It’s one of the main reasons I chose to go Victoria Uni — to fill my life after footy. If you work hard enough, things will happen for you - that’s in study, in life, in everything.”