Humzah is in S3 at St Aloysius College and studying towards his National 5 exams, taking place next year. He picked all three sciences as Humzah is working towards a career in the medical field. During summer 2017, Humzah volunteered at Al-Meezan (Islamic Learning Centre) working with young people up to 11 years old. He also volunteered at Craigard Nursery as part of Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, helping children and assisting in setting up new activities. Humzah is a keen public speaker and is also part of the BBC Scotland NEXT group.
Which young Scot inspires you?
A young Scot who inspires me is Humza Yousaf, the Minister of Transport. He has an important role in Scottish Politics. At the age of 25, he was the youngest member of the Scottish Parliament, and was awarded the ‘Future Force of Politics’ award in 2009. He is the first Pakistani Muslim to be appointed to the Scottish government and is a great role model for young Scots, especially from a South Asian background.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is that I have my grandparents and family here. There is a large South Asian & Muslim community that have made Scotland their home with businesses in Retail and Halal restaurants for everyone to enjoy. There are many mosques, making it easy for me to learn and practice my Islamic faith. There are many fun days and activities organised by the Muslim community and I’m always eager to participate and volunteer for them. That’s what I love about Scotland.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like people from older generations to know that all young people aren’t the same, everyone is different. Every young Scot has their own interests and ambitions which makes them all unique. Being different is essential for our generation. If we were all the same, then there would be no Andy Murray, Alexander Graham Bell and Alexander Fleming. History has shown that without variation, society as a whole would stay where it is and not move forward!
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is when I won the National Rotary’s ‘Youth Speaks’ annual public speaking competition in May 2017 in Telford. It was a great achievement because two years ago my team didn’t get past the first round in the same competition. I persevered and my teams’ hard work paid off when we got through the local district, Scottish Regional, and the National Final. we were victorious after fighting off competition from at least seven other schools at each stage.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My biggest aspiration would be to study Medicine at University; I have wanted to do this since a young age and was inspired by my uncle Dr. Naushad Ali who is a very devoted and caring GP. His patients petitioned to create a full time job for him at their Medical Practice and he’s even helped deliver a baby in his surgery car park after work! I am continually fascinated by the human body, how it functions and the vast amount of knowledge I would gain learning about it. I would like my brain to be stimulated by Medicine and there would be no better way to use its potential and my love for learning and helping others than achieving this lifelong dream.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
My advice to young people would be for them to try hard in everything they do and go the extra mile- not be content with the ordinary. I have learnt that when an opportunity comes, taking it will only be beneficial. Missing an opportunity means life stays as normal- a great chance wasted. If you try but don’t succeed, we should never let that get the better of us.
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