Day 129 – Andrew, 21, Dollar

Andrew is currently in second year studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.




Which young Scot inspires you?
For me I’d say that the current Scottish Squash National squad are the young Scots that inspire me. They are friends I grew up with training to be the best players we could be and they never lost sight of their goal. Their dedication to the sport (which is one of the most physically demanding ones out there) through injury and setbacks is nothing short of amazing.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is the landscape and the environment. It’s a gorgeous country and growing up surrounded by hills and rolling fields is something I’d say is taken for granted a lot (probably due to the dismal weather).

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
The world’s not the same anymore and it’s changing at an absurd rate. Whilst we do walk similar paths and share similar experiences to what they did, the social environment and how technology is such a big part of young culture is something that they probably don’t understand. That’s nothing to stress about.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement would probably be competing internationally as a junior at squash abroad as well as having top Scottish rankings at every junior age group. It was a huge achievement as my family aren’t really big sporting people and maintaining a high standard of play and being committed to that level is hard to do.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
Successfully becoming an engineer and working in renewable energies would be great as it is super relevant to where we as a society need to go and it’s a really interesting subject. 

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Focus on your individual identity, don’t lose who you are just to be a member of a group, really just focus on yourself and make sure you are doing everything you want to do. And don’t worry too much about what others think, it primarily matters what you think is good and right and stick to what you believe in. But when you come against someone who has a different belief system, then have a discussion and listen. Learning is better for both parties than trying to change someone else’s opinion.

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