6th University Scholars Leadership Symposium Hong Kong 2015
It is an extraordinary thing to bring the world’s top 873 young minds in the same platform because changes and great things are bound to happen. I can say without any doubt that I am not the same person I was before attending the symposium. It may have only lasted for a week but the impact it had on me will last a lifetime. I am a person who believes that opportunities multiply as you seize them and when I applied for the University Scholars Leadership Symposium, I had no idea of what to expect. On the first day of the symposium, I was astonished to see the gleam of purity in everyone’s eyes and from then I knew that, although we all adorned our different traditional costumes and came from diverse cultures, deep down we were all humans. Spending each day with like-minded people and hearing about their passions, dreams, and the background was just beyond this world- I do not have the words to describe it. It was just unbelievable and I still remember each day of the symposium vividly.
The learning journey program at the symposium reminded me of my experience as a refugee. I heard a quote which said that ‘the only thing different between refugees and us is our circumstances.’ This saying made me contemplate about my life because being born in a refugee camp in Uganda; I have witnessed children and families suffering from both physical and psychological agony. I too was one of those children until my circumstances changed and my family obtained a refugee visa to come to Australia. With this eye-opening experience, I have dedicated my time to following my dream to become a motivational speaker and inspire young people to have a life meaning worth living. For those of you that have the passion and burning desire to address humanitarian issues or embark on a journey of self -discovery and following your dreams, I encourage you to grab the opportunity you have to attend the life-changing USLS. “You don’t have to be great to get started, but, you have to get started to be great.”
Fred Duku Silver
Queensland University of Technology, Australia