When I joined RIS after leaving a Sinhala medium school, I thought I’d have a tough time adapting to the language while keeping up with my studies. I was wrong. The continuous support of the teachers helped me with the transition and their encouragement drove me to explore new extra-curricular activities. In time, I took up athletics and cricket and even served as a school prefect towards the end of my time there. One of the most fulfilling things I remember was the humanitarian project we organized as prefects, where we helped provide ameneties to a rural school. It was recognized as the second best reconciliation projects by Sri Lanka Unites, the youth movement. After my A/Ls in Commerce, I left RIS ready to take on the world. The friends I made then are still in my life today even though I’m far from home, the values we were taught are the ones that define me, and the memories I made there are the ones I cherish the most.
I’ll always be thankful to the RIS family, who helped and encouraged me up to where I am today.