Vinuri Wickramasekera

Vinuri Wickramasekera
First Class Honours
University of London International Programmes

In reality not many of us know what our next step in life is going to be after school. I myself was part of that category. I always had a liking to learn law but never really knew if that the field I wanted to pursue a career in. I studied at Musaeus College, which is where I first discovered that if you desire something and you work hard towards it the outcome would definitely be worthwhile. My years of representing my school in the sport of rowing and the amazing support I received from the Principal, Deputy principals, teachers and friends in my studies and extra curricular activities provided the foundation for everything I have achieved today.

I joined the Royal Institute of Colombo excited to learn the subject of law because it is a subject I have never learnt before. Due to the astounding support I received from my lecturers, tutors and peers I fell in love with the course I was studying which made me even more determined to work harder. I don’t believe in luck but I do wholeheartedly believe in hard work. However achieving a first class for the Bachelor of laws (LLB) degree offered by the University of London was something I felt unattainable. Nevertheless I decided to just give it my best shot. The news that I did achieve the unimaginable made me feel ecstatic. I went through many mixed emotions of relief, happiness, surprise and excitement all at once as I heard about this amazing news.

My family played an immanent role in this endeavor. They were my pillars of strength who motivated me and provided me with all the comforts to make things easier.

I extend my deepest gratitude to my family, lecturers and tutors at RI and my friends who all played an important part in supporting me in obtaining this achievement. I am also grateful to the University of London for providing us with a wide range of electives and the necessary material. It was gratifying to be living at home and still be able to study an internationally recognised Law program.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” So no matter how many times you fail as long as you get back up and give it your best shot and nothing less, the sense of pride you will feel at the end is unmistakable.