Charlegne is 19 years old, from Zimbabwe, currently studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.
Which young Scot inspires you?
I haven’t met that many Scottish people since I’ve been to Edinburgh, but the few I have met have been inspiring as they are not afraid of identifying with their culture. I came here, moving from a different country and I was terrified of being authentic and showing who I really am because you don’t know how people will react but when you meet Scottish people they are really passionate. They love their culture and they practice is so well and you just feel inspired, so since then I have been trying to express myself the same way.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Moving here is a big part of my story but coming here everything is new. Scotland is a great country and is beautiful, there is so much diversity. Every day for me is learning and I love it so much.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
We are not perfect and we are going to make a lot of mistakes but that is the thing about being young, you make mistakes. We should have the chance to make mistakes and learn from them.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement was to become a Mastercard Scholar at the University of Edinburgh. It was big for me as I get a great university education on full scholarship but also because I have become a source of inspiration for so many people back home. I want to be the person who is able to tell people you can dream, you can make it and I can help you.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
We need to support especially young people and that’s my biggest dream.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
You are important so take care of yourself. You can’t be 100% every day and that’s okay!
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