Rohan Wickramasinghe

Psychology wasn’t a first choice for Rohan. However, after a brief stint at quantity surveying, Rohan’s pastor suggested a career in the field.

“In retrospect it makes complete sense. Wherever I go, I like to watch people – how they behave and react. Why they do what they do. I also love talking to people. I think that my multicultural background has helped me be less-judgmental and very open minded.”

At first, Rohan chose SACAP largely because of how easy the enrollment procedure was. As a South African national with prior transcripts from Sri Lanka, he faced an overwhelming tangle of paperwork and red tape when applying to other institutions. But as it turns out SACAP had other benefits too.

Rohan explains, “I really like the cultural environment and the close interaction between educator and peers. It is not a one directional relationship of lecturer talking to students. We learn from each other too.”

Rohan also loves the fieldwork where he can put his academic theory to work and make good use of his skills. “SACAP really does have an impact on the greater community,” he says. “From SWEAT to Hospice, their wide range of placement sites offer a great deal of flexibility and scope of work in relation to their qualifications. I am currently placed at Muizenberg High School as a student counsellor, where I feel I have been able to make a difference while I learn.”

For Rohan, the hardest part was the introspection. He admits, “Getting to know yourself is not simply a by-product of your studies, it is actually a required SACAP assignment which really makes one dig deep.” But while Rohan found this challenging he believes it’s a crucial skill because, “If you don’t know yourself, how will you be able to understand someone else?”