What has being part of Skyline meant to you?
I was introduced to the Skyline Program by the late Mr. Frank Locco, Vice-Principal of Keysborough Secondary College when I migrated to Australia with my mother and sister in 2009 following my father’s sudden death in Sri Lanka. The Skyline Program was the silver lining to my education as it was quite challenging for my family to incur the costs of settling into a new country on a single parent household. Skyline not only eased the financial burden on my family, but importantly, helped me to further myself through a myriad of leadership and professional development opportunities which helped propel both my university and professional career.
Do you feel Skyline has equipped you for life beyond high school?
Due to the exposure I received through Skyline, I learned that there is always support for aspiring students, especially within the area of Education. The mentoring I received at Skyline encouraged me to apply for, and be the fortunate recipient of many scholarships, some of which include the Vice Chancellor den Hollander Scholarship, Deakin Student Technology Scheme Scholarship and Deakin Scholarship for Equity and Excellence.
Have your future goals changed since participating in the Skyline Program?
I am fulfilling everything I dreamed about and more! At one of the Skyline workshops I attended, a Senior Alumni used a quote by Richard Branson: ‘If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.’ I have followed as my motto in life by embracing every opportunity presented to me irrespective of the level of expertise I have in the area.
Can you briefly describe what you’ve been up to since you finished school?
Following high school, I completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Marketing) and Bachelor of Nutrition Science at Deakin. A strong passion for Mathematics led me to build and manage my own tutoring and mentoring company in 2011, which I further expanded in 2015. I currently educate and mentor over 80 students from 25 different schools alongside my full-time job as a Senior Marketing and Recruitment role for the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University and part-time study doing a Master of Data Science also at Deakin.