Prince is a university student, studying at Edinburgh University. He is 20 years old and from Zimbabwe.
Which young Scot inspires you?
At university I am in an with a mix of international students and some Scottish students as well. They inspire me because they’ve got an energy to give back to the community and run projects around social enterprise and creating sustainable solutions for different communities and in particular, Edinburgh.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I didn’t grow up in Scotland but just hearing about the experiences that young people have gone through. Being given a platform to vote at the age of 16 is the best thing because you have someone who values your opinion. I come from a society where for what you say to matter you need to be of a certain age.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
It is a reminder that young people have energy. If they can find ways to support that and not diminish or ignore that energy then the world can be in a different space.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Getting into the University of Edinburgh and getting a full scholarship from the Mastercard Foundation because if not for that I wouldn’t be having this interview right now; in fact I wouldn’t be in Scotland for starters!
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I study medicinal biology and chemistry because I have a strong passion for drug development and pharmaceutical research so if I can use my degree in that way and be a part of the development of the drug industry, especially in my country Zimbabwe then that would be fulfilling. There is room for potential growth of science in my country and if I can be one of the people involved in that it would be fulfilling, and if young people can be like ‘yes I want to be like you’ then that would be cool.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
You don’t want to let go of the opportunity of the platform to speak and to do something and then to not to do anything because there are a lot of communities where young people don’t have this opportunity. Because you have this opportunity you should take advantage of it!
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