Twenty-year-old Inthra Thanabalan from the small town of Sungai Siput in Malaysia is the daughter of poor rubber tappers who work at an estate. Her parents want her to have a better life than they did and encouraged her participation in the Maharani camps organised by Rythm Foundation.
The student of SMK Methodist Sg Siput is also a part of the Maharani Learning Lab (MLL). She has attended our Maharani Camps from the year 2013 – 2015: Teen Pilot, Pendekar and Pahlawan. After attending the MLL, Inthra found a new level of confidence to reach her dreams, and she put in extra effort in excelling academically.
She scored 7As in UPSR from SJK (T) Mahatma Gandhi Kalasalai and 7As, 2Bs and 1C in the PT 3 examination. In the year 2015, she sat Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination and achieved 8A+ and 2B+ and secured a place at Matriculation Gopeng Perak. She later scored CGPA 4.0 in her Matirculation and is currently pursuing Medicine at University Sains Sarawak.
Inthra believes that Maharani Camps has played an important role in motivating and inspiring her to achieve her goals and excelled in her examinations. “MLL also conducts skills classes, such as flower arranging, baking, sewing, computer skills, as well as making arts and crafts which can help nurture entrepreneurship mindset among the students. These skills classes are especially good for students who are weak in academic performance”, she said.
Today, she continues to visit the MLL where she attends academic classes as well as skills training programmes. What’s her mantra? Inthra says “We must change! We are champions and we can do it”.