Where they are now…. The world is what you want to make of it

Where they are now…. The world is what you want to make of it

Sachith WickramasuriyaSachith Wickramasuriya

Sachith is a Senior Consultant in Finance at KPMG Brisbane office.

Reflecting on my article written in 2008 when I was 12, I’ve come to realise, The world is what you want to make of it. For those of you who don’t know me, one of my greatest passions when I was going through primary and secondary schools was competing on the track. At the time of writing my previous article I was reflecting on competing in my first national carnival where I represented Queensland in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. This experience underpinned a hunger and drive to succeed. Through secondary school (ages 13 to 17), sprinting became a routine,
and the track was my second home. The desire to succeed quickly transferred to schooling. Balancing my passion for track with secondary school was a tricky task but with the support of family and friends I was able to realise my full track potential whilst graduating with an OP 2.

With an OP2 and a keen interest in statistical mathematics I ventured to Sydney to study a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies and Commerce at the University of New South Wales. For the first couple of years, I kept up with my track ambitions, but I slowly realised that in order to do as well as I wanted to at university, sacrifices had to be made. So, my time competing on the track ended with my highest accolade being a silver medal at the national championship in the Under 18 100m. After spending four years at university I graduated from university
with a triple major in Actuarial Studies, Business Economics and Finance. I am currently working at KPMG as a Senior Consultant in the Management Consulting at the Brisbane office and am loving every

second of it. Consulting is a very dynamic profession with each project being different from the last. Reflecting on the decisions that have shaped my life, I wouldn’t have done anything differently as it has allowed me to dive into unfamiliar environments, build life-long friendships interstate and pursue my passions. Pursuing your dreams in any stage of your life is crucial to uncovering your identity paving a path for the future. All that I have
become would not have been possible without the support of my loving parents Rishani and Bhashitha. After writing this article I’m eager to see where the next 12 years will take me – thank you 4EB!

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