Dropping out of school does not bring the curtain down on education; in fact, it opens new windows of opportunity, says Shriya Sunita Lal, our Model of the Fortnight.
The 17-year-old completed her Level 3 in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at the New Zealand Career College last year and is moving to Hamilton later this month to pursue further studies at the Waikato Institute of Technology.
“A few years ago, almost everyone told me that I would have no future as a high school dropout. But I persevered and concentrated on the career of my choice. I am now convinced that commitment and hard work will always be rewarded,” she said.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Shriya comes through as a tough, determined young woman, focused on a career that suits her temperament, ambition and future prospects.
“I am confident of graduating in ECE and becoming a teacher. My goal is to establish my own ECE Centre. I would design such a Centre to be different from others, encouraging children to happily spend their day without being forced to do so,” she said.
She was a participant at the Miss Indianz and Miss Tanoa Festival 2013.
“These two events boosted my confidence and encouraged me to meet people, develop friendship and face the camera with courage,” she said.
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