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Ave Maria Convent, Negombo
Head Girl Manilka Premathilake
Head Girl Manilka Premathilake

“Use the law of attraction, think positively and you will attract positive energy” says Head Girl of Ave Maria Convent, Negombo, Manilka Premathilake. Perfect Prefect features Premathilake who believes that if you want to accomplish something in life, it always starts with a positive attitude.

When Premathilake speaks of success she speaks of self-development (at a personal level) which ultimately leads up to what she wants to do with her life. “Success is all about those tiny little consistent baby steps we take every single day that add up to achieving that really big goal,” says Premathilake.

These ‘consistent baby steps’ that we all have to take at some time in our lives will surely lead her to what she wants to achieve ultimately.

“I want to speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless, the rights of those who are doomed, seek justice for all those on the verge of destruction and ensure hope for those being crushed. For the majority of my life, I have lived a sheltered life and have never realized how corrupted our society really was. the entire world is based on ‘the rich get richer’ mentality. I want to help change this mentality. I want everybody to have the opportunity to live a decent life without discrimination. I think it is wrong to treat a person or a group of people differently because of their financial situation, race, skin color, gender identity or background. I envision a world without prejudice and hate crime. A peaceful and just world. Anyone can make a difference, it just takes the right attitude and decision. Then others will follow,” said Premathilake.

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She has a plan ten years from now, where she sees herself standing in front of crowds, speaking to thousands of people, making an impact on so many lives.

“There are so many vulnerable people in the world whose voices are not heard. They are denied justice because they have no money, no platform and no opportunity. I want to use my voice not just for myself but for all of them. I have come to believe that I must share what I have to say with others. I think humanity can learn from their mistakes and will learn to live in harmony with each other.”

On a personal level, Premathilake quotes Brian Tracy a motivational public speaker and self-development author, who says - “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you’

She has realized that self- belief is ultimately the key to success. But she has also realized that achieving something really great does not happen overnight. Success does not happen overnight.

“You have to believe before you achieve. Believe that you can achieve that goal and then put in the hard work and it’s all yours. You need to see the silver lining in any given scenario, no matter how bad it is. If you expect to fail, you will fail. On the other hand, if you believe you can win, you will win. It is all about thinking positively. It always starts with a positive attitude no matter how hard the task is. I have never stopped believing in myself,” explained Premathilake.

Tracy spoke the truth. Somethings in life are simply out of control. But you can control the way you react. When you understand this, that is when you are thinking positively. She adds that when you develop a positive attitude, you will start feeling better about yourself and this in return will boost your confidence levels.

“No matter how great you are at what you do, having a negative attitude can hinder your progress in life. I must also say that having a positive attitude is a key factor that drives the Ave Marian Prefects’ family forward during this pandemic. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

She quotes Jane Goodall who says – “What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make”. Premathilake believes that all of us have the power within us to make that world just a little bit better for others. This positive attitude of Premathilake’s will no doubt help her when it comes to fighting for Gender Equality.

“Gender inequality simply cannot be accepted in the 21st century. In the face of such overwhelming injustice, what can we do? Gender Inequality is fundamentally a question of power. Centuries of discrimination and deep rooted patriarchy have created a yawning gender power gap in our society. The evidence is all around us. We should understand that in any society female leadership is a must. As women, we must speak up for ourselves. It matters a lot that we strive for equality. If you take my journey as Head Prefect, one thing I have learnt is to lead by example. I think my determination has helped me a lot, no matter how difficult things get. I keep fighting for justice and I believe we should never be afraid to stand up for the truth,” pointed out Premathilake.

Indeed, Premathilake’s words are timely and relevant. Today many women in Afghanistan are demanding their rights - right to education, the right to work and the right to actively participate in social and political life under Taliban rule.

Her dream is to become a criminologist. To understand the criminal mind is to understand how to prevent crime. Ever since childhood she has been interested in how the human mind works. She goes on to add that a criminologist plays an important role in society by digging deep and understanding how, when, and why deviant behavior occurs. Criminology is a fascinating subject that addresses social injustice, poverty and discrimination that contribute to crime.

For Premathilake, the good Shepherd Jesus Christ is a powerful spiritual force in her life and she wished to thank the almighty for the blessings showered upon her. Next she wished to thank her dear parents for their unconditional love, patience, support and the sacrifices that they have made for her. She also wished to extend her deepest gratitude to Principal Rev. Sr. Shermila Jayawardene and her teachers for who have helped and guided her throughout her school life. And last but not least she wished to thank the Prefect Guild for their support.

“I am so thankful to have all those people in my life. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. Ave Maria Convent has truly lived up to her moto ‘In Thy Light’, as she continues to excel in guiding her students. May I add with pride and dignity that we Ave Marians never ever hesitate to walk that extra mile in rendering our services to take our much loved alma mater to greater heights.”

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