I study MEarthSci Geology at the University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences. Currently I am in my 4th year. My study concerns the natural history of Earth, the processes that influence the formation of the planet, Oceanography, Agricultural Science and geology applied in the context of the formation of the Solar System. Within the course I go on regional and international field-trips including places like Spain and Cyprus. I am a Student Ambassador, I work for the Department of Student Recruitment and Admissions and for Edinburgh Global. My job revolves around giving tours of the Central Campus, organising Open Days, waste management and office work. In my university years 1-2 I volunteered for the Department of GeoSciences as a Junior Social Media Manager and helped out with outreach events. In the pre-honours courses I was a Class Representative for 6 of my courses to the General Council of Course Managers. My job was to raise the concerns of students with the teaching staff and suggest improvements to the course.
Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scots who inspire me are Sir Andy Murray and Cllr Ben Lawrie.I respect Andy Murray’s persistence and great work for charities. He promotes sport to less well off students and campaigns for more sport facilities for young people. Ben Lawrie is a great campaigner for Mental Health justice and he is a hard worker at Angus Council, successfully saving several recycling centres in Angus.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Best thing about Scotland is the history and her legacy of Enlightenment. I love all the sites from Antonine’s wall to the Arbroath Abbey. I love visiting all the little corners of Edinburgh and wondering around the Highlands. Coupled with history, I enjoy Scottish literature as Sir Walter Scott is one of my favourite authors.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like to tell older generation about the achievements of young people. A great circle of my friends joined the British Army and Air force. Many of them became lawyers and nurses. They achieved a lot and they are as capable as the previous generations.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is going to University and becoming a Student Ambassador. I am proud of the ability to study geology at one of the most prestigious Universities in the world. I worked hard in secondary school to go to university, I am glad that it amounted to success at university.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
The things that I would like to achieve are writing a novel and to work in the Australian desert. I hope I can continue on the path of geology, traveling to ancient sites around the world and gather material for my story ideas.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Never give up and always transform your outlook on life. The world is a dark place, full of danger. Dragons can lurk in the shadows. You are a weak and mortal being that is not ready for the world. However that won’t be the case if you acknowledged the facts above, you will encounter challenges in your life, however never shy away from them, just become competent.
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