Jayawickrema’s motto is “Self-satisfaction goes a longer way than happiness.”
He is achieving that self-satisfaction as a double major in international business and management at Winthrop University and is in the process of his master's degree.
A native of Sri Lanka, Jayawickrema grew up
with a father and mother who worked together in the business his father started.
“Seeing both of them work together so well boosted me to do better,”
He looked up East Coast colleges on the Internet and just
knew Winthrop was the place for him, describing it as one that “stood out.”
Interaction among faculty, staff and students made a big impression on
Jayawickrema as well. “There are no other universities that I know of where that
happens, he said.” He added that the International Center is particularly helpful for
international students assimilating to a new country and culture. Plus, “the
campus is amazing,” he said.
Jayawickrema has made the most of his
time at Winthrop. He is a recipient of the International Ambassador Scholarship, which is the most
prestigious scholarship an international student can receive at Winthrop. He has
served as a member of the Council of Student Leaders, helped organize several of the
College of Business Administration’s professional
development conferences, and played a role in Students in Free Enterprise as vice president. He is now a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a National Leadership Honor Society.
Drawing from his family life and scholarly experiences at Winthrop, he is
confident he can succeed in all areas at any business he attempts.
“I believe,” he said, “that investing time and money in an education at
Winthrop University gives an individual a tremendous advantage to be successful,
both professionally and personally, which I have not seen in any other
Last updated 7/17/2014