“I will always consider it a huge honour and a real privilege to have been a part of Our Moon’s family which has opened innumerable opportunities. I wasn’t born with many advantages, but I am grateful for my background because it taught me valuable lessons and makes me more determined and more appreciative of what I have now.”
Quincy (Class of 2017), is a student of economics at University of Edinburgh in the UK
Quincy studies Economics and Finance at University of Edinburgh on a full scholarship provided by MasterCard Foundation. The scholarship includes taking part in summer schools and internships in Africa and in the UK to enhance Quincy’s employability, building a greater understanding of how to solve the challenges back home and developing invaluable networks of similarly minded young Africans.
“Whilst at university, I have had the opportunity to put into practice the skills and lessons I acquired during my time with Our Moon. I learnt the value of giving back which I have tried to work towards beside studying. Through Mastercard and the University, I acquired funding for a community-based project aimed at enabling access to secondary school education for young people from marginalised financial backgrounds.
My time at University has also allowed me to continue honing my leadership skills. Currently I volunteer in a Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) in the school of Economics. I facilitate weekly sessions helping first year students consolidate their knowledge of economics. I benefitted immensely from this scheme in my first year, and through it, I have been able to broaden my network, improve my communication and other interpersonal skills.
I also currently serve as an advisor to Our Moon’s Board of Trustees another opportunity for me to give back and actively participate in developing its future programmes.
Looking forward to the future with hope and fortitude, I believe that my country’s economic system can be revived. My wish is to be a part of the driving force behind that revival. With this in mind, I am utilising opportunities around me to learn as much as possible and gain valuable experience through studies, internships and interactions with people from varied backgrounds. I was fortunate to have been offered an investment management internship as part of the first cohort of the 100 Black Interns Initiative where I will work for the Cambridge University Endowment Fund this summer.
I will always consider it a huge honour and a real privilege to have been a part of Our Moon’s family which has opened innumerable opportunities. I wasn’t born with many advantages, but I am grateful for my background because it taught me valuable lessons and makes me more determined and more appreciative of what I have now.”
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