Xiou Sang is in S6 and currently studying Advanced Higher Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry.
Which young Scot inspires you?
One of my friends inspires me a lot. She’s an aspiring doctor and has never given up on trying to achieve her dreams. Not only is she genuinely passionate about the science of medicine, she has always been willing to offer help to her local community.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is its tremendous beauty and clear skies (when it’s not raining/cloudy). There is a lot less light pollution here compared to several other countries around the world and you can catch a few stars at night. As an astronomy enthusiast, I feel more connected to the Universe.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I think I would like to tell older generations to embrace change and try to be aware of what’s happening. Our society has become unstoppable in terms of scientific advancement, new technologies that were unimaginable 20 years ago, and views on all kinds of issues. Young people are beginning to play a bigger part in politics and development, and our thoughts and innovations should be considered equally as valuable.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is probably winning the Europe Regional Champion of a Global Science Competition: The Breakthrough Junior Challenge by submitting a video explanation of the core ideas behind the Black Hole Information Paradox. I entered the competition simply due to my love for both science and film, to have been the top 30 shortlisted out of thousands honestly took me by surprise.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My biggest aspiration for the future is to work in Theoretical Physics research. It would be an honour to be able to contribute to (even a tiny fraction) our understanding of the cosmos and the development of a theory of quantum gravity.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would like to tell other young people at school that, while studying for good grades is important, do not make that your main motivation in education. Study for understanding, study for passion and study for a deeper knowledge. This way you will get the most out of your learning, and good grades come as a secondary product.
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