Humans Of KBS: Ayani

Published 31 January 2018

Being a student at KBS is full of excitement, anticipation and reward, especially if you put in the hard yards. It’s a time where you learn a great amount about yourself and grow as a person. Studying and excelling in your degree is one thing, but having a KBS experience that is memorable also stems from your engagement in co-curricular activities, taking on leadership roles and gaining industry experience.

In our latest ‘Humans of KBS’, we’re featuring Ayani Palihawadana from KBS Adelaide. Born and raised in Sri Lanka, Ayani moved to Australia in 2013 and since then has seen herself grow in many ways.

Learning at KBS has built my confidence and has created connections that I will cherish for a lifetime. Foreign exposure and living independently in a new country makes me proud of myself.

Students in their final trimester of study at KBS (like Ayani) have the opportunity to become a Student Ambassador. Ayani has achieved this and vows “being a Student Ambassador is one of the greatest experiences on campus so far”. Being a Student Ambassador comes with many exciting opportunities, including to be an inspiring role model to other students and to develop your soft skills. Ayani recalls during this trimester, she’s been most fond of:

  • Providing support to the Student Experience Team, which included the organisation of the Orientation Week
  • Providing information to students about campus facilities and upcoming events
  • Facilitating and participating in student panels, including graduate discussions and Q&A
  • Establishing positive relationships with students and acting as a peer mentor when required

Ayani claims to be self-motivated to achieve the best in all areas of life and enjoys learning new skills every day to gain more experience. This is evident in her success working as an Administrative Assistant at Boomerang International Educational Services which was organised with the support of our Careers Central. Soon to graduate, Ayani would like to run her own business in the future and follow in the footsteps of her father, who’s currently a Hotelier in Sri Lanka at the famous Mandara Resorts.

My biggest dream is to become a famous business icon, just like my father. I still plan on studying and working hard to make this dream come true.

Alongside the studying and internship work, we managed to find out some other fun and interesting facts about Ayani in our short interview:

Can you paint us a picture of what a day in your life is like?

“I am either studying on campus or working at my internship. I like to unwind by cooking special meals for myself and going for nice walks around my neighbourhood. I will really miss the friendly staff once I graduate from KBS as I have built such strong relationships with them!”

If one of your friends was visiting from overseas, where would you take them in Adelaide?

“Firstly, I would take them to the Adelaide Botanical Gardens to show them the beautiful floral sights, followed by visiting the Museum. Afterwards, we would eat out in Chinatown near the Central Market.

Another wonderful thing is spending time at Glenelg beach. It’s worth waiting for the sunset which glistens on the water.”

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

“I would choose the superpower of getting rid of evil. In turn, the world would become a better place with all loving, caring and open-minded human beings.”

If you could spend 10 minutes talking to someone on a park bench, who would it be?

“I would talk to my grandmother. The reason I’d choose her is that she has now passed away and I really wish that I could talk to her in person again. I always looked up to her for help with hard decisions in life and I’d do anything for her advice again, like what pathway I should take after I complete my KBS degree.”

If you could choose an international leader to be your mentor for the day, who would it be?

“I would choose Prince William. I think he is a well-mannered, elegant and mature young leader who shows a strong sense of duty and loyalty.”

With the job market in Australia becoming increasingly competitive for graduates, it’s never been a better time to start thinking about work placements. It’s also nice to have the support to make it happen. When you start your course at KBS, don’t forget to contact Careers Central to get your career off to the best start possible.