Community & Visitors Parents & Families Future Students Current Students Alumni & Friends Faculty & Staff
My Winthrop Experience header photo
Name: Avin Jayawickrema
Residence: Sri Lanka
Major 2: Management

Avin 2Avin

Avin 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 said.

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 place.”

Last updated 7/17/2014

Explore additional My Winthrop Experience profiles.