Day 332- Alexia, 21, Edinburgh

I am in my 4th year (8th semester) at college for the major of pharmacist. I started this career because of my love of cosmetics, especially skin care related items. Skin is the biggest organ of the human body and one must take care of it. Skin conditions can affect an individual’s self-esteem, especially while growing up in tween and teenage years, even in adulthood. If I can develop a solution to prevent and treat this conditions that do not only mess with an individual physical aspect, but also with hers/his mindset and self-love, then all these sleepless study nights are worth it! Recently I’ve been getting interested in the role of the pharmacist in the community as well.


Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scot who inspires me is Georgina from @gisforgeorgina because of her ability to find beauty in the simplest things in life and in her town, Edinburgh…and what a nice way to look at life! She has a blog and an Instagram dedicated to the beauty things she has found in Scotland. Someone who aims to find and share the beauty of what she loves is inspiring!

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing for young people in Scotland is safety, education and healthcare. I live in a country where poverty is amongst many, education in school is precarious and lacks quality, and streets are filled with violence. Scotland has these little things I have never experienced, like the safety of walking around the city or safe public transportation, nice people, and the landscaping that make it such a nice country.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
What we young people want adults to know is to please stop acting like we’re still children who have no idea how to make things better. We respect the fact that your beliefs are different than ours, but we’re still being shut quiet because we’re young. You’ll soon be gone, and we’ll have to pick up pieces, let us prevent those pieces from happening. We are power.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement has been to stop being afraid. I have come a long way to have the mindset of doing things right now, because tomorrow it’s not certain (though this hasn’t made me reckless). I used to be scared all the time to do what I love, or speak up, and it took a lot of learning to change this. Now I try to encourage others to do it.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
What I hope and pray for is to live in Scotland. I’ve read and heard so much about the country that I believe it’s the place I’m supposed to call “home”. To live there would help me feel SAFE and to grow as a person and as a professional, since I’d love to work as a community pharmacist or someday start my own cosmetics company.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I’d tell younger ones in Scotland to do what you feel passionate about; don’t let adults make you feel that what you love isn’t valid. Hard work and a nice attitude will get you far. Always remember to be genuinely nice, even when others aren’t. That will make the difference. And always be happy with You. Acting that way has made me a better person and has given me opportunities.

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