Our fourth (and last) day of ‘Spotlight Profiles’ is on the Scottish Finalists for the MOS Four Nations Championship.
The first ‘Spotlight’ is on Lesley Mueller from University of St Andrews. Lesley is the PowerPoint Finalist representing Scotland.
Describe yourself in 3 words? "Reliable, ambitious, easy-going."
What do you like to do in your spare time? “I like to go on runs and to the gym, visit markets and be out and about in the sun”
What’s your favourite bit of technology, and why? “Probably the HoloLens and other kinds of Virtual and Mixed Reality headsets. I work in a call communications agency, which currently promotes these headsets and I hear about the projects the developers have. I find them very useful for educational purposes as well as assistance in any kind of area”
Who’s your role model, and why? “I do not actually have a role model, but I do look up to Leonardo DiCaprio as well as Al Gore. Both are invested in environmental policies and set a great example for conscious behaviour.”
Who’s your favourite musician? “A Day To Remember.”
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve been given, and by who? “There is a German saying “What you can do today should not be left until tomorrow”. It is something my parents taught be from a young age and it helped me become the reliable and hard-working person I am.”
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in life so far? “Sometimes it is better not to rely on others and just go ahead with what you really want to do, even if it means to be on your own.”
Which personal achievements are you most proud of? “I went travelling for a year on my own and overcame the problems I encountered, I am a regular blood donor despite dreading needles and I encourage others successfully to be more thoughtful of the environment (recycling, charity donation of clothes, …)."
What are your career aspirations? “I am currently a Psychology student interested in managerial tasks. After pursuing my academic career with a Master’s degree, I am hoping to end up in managerial tasks as a team leader possibly in a company dealing with health.”
What’s your personal motto? “Save your words to make the most of it.”
Next is Sam Millar from University of St Andrews. Sam is the Excel Finalist representing Scotland.
Describe yourself in 3 words? "I am unwritten…"
What do you like to do in your spare time? “Remixing title sequences and watching CrashCourse videos”
What’s your favourite bit of technology, and why? “ILove a fast CPU. When I want something done, I want it done now!”
Who’s your role model, and why? “Anyone but sociologist Robert K Merton…”
Who’s your favourite musician? “Murray Gold (Doctor Who composer).”
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve been given, and by who? “School friend, trying to figure out why I was having a mental hernia: “Is it your religion?””
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in life so far? “People care.”
Which personal achievements are you most proud of? “Contributing 5000 wildlife records to national databases and discovering 3 micro-moth species new for Northern Ireland."
What are your career aspirations? “Contribute to keeping an important database really, really safe!”
What’s your personal motto? “Don’t forget the love bit” – Christopher Hitchens, 2011