“One of the lessons from the Maharani camps that I value the most is the importance of being independent, staying motivated and confidence. Being a shy and quiet person, the camp helped me to overcome my passive self and gave me the courage to speak up,” she said.Vilasini recommended all girls to attend the Maharani programme since she feels it can really help them adapt to a new environment, especially after school years. “At the Maharani camp, girls are allowed to learn things that are not taught in school such as personal growth, which is important especially when they leave their families behind to further their studies,” said Vilasini who loves Mathematics. “The Maharani camps have taught me valuable lessons about living my life. One important thing that has served me well is to not give up easily and to trust myself and my abilities,” she added.
Maharani camp prepares participants for varsity life
P. Vilasini was 17 years old when she first attended the Maharani camp held at Cameron Highlands, Pahang. “The exposure I received at the camp prepared me for life at the university today. Unlike so many other students, I did not get a culture shock after getting to Uni and found that it was easier to adapt to the new environment when I enrolled in a university away from home,” said the youngest of three siblings. Today the 21-year-old is studying Actuarial Science at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, in Bangi, Selangor. She said being the youngest, her parents were overly protective of her and this made her too comfortable in her own cocoon.