Day 9- Emma-Louise, 20

Emma-Louise, is a social media Modern Apprentice. She is 20 and volunteers for a number of adoption support groups, going to talks about social media and adoption.


Which young Scot inspires you?
A young Scot who inspires me is Ben Wilson. Ben has severe epilepsy that used to cause upwards of six seizures a day. He had several operations; one that removed part of his brain yet he continued his exams and is now at Art School only 18 months later.


What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Growing up in Scotland the best thing for me was the people. Scotland is a very warm country and I think Scotland’s young people prove this!


What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older generations to understand that social media does not mean that you are bad at communication. In fact, sometimes the opposite! Young people are able to communicate with the whole world, from just their phones! There are different levels of communication, it’s not a black and white topic!


What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement (so far) was getting an unconditional to DJCAD (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Architecture and Design). I was told by my first school not to bother trying but managed on my own to get an A in Advanced higher Art and a uni place.


What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I would like to know I helped. There have been so many people who helped me to get places and I would like to know someone thinks about me like that, even if it’s just a tiny thing.


What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would say to young people that it doesn’t matter who you live with, your mum, dad, foster family, granny or someone else! It matters that you are happy and loved.


If Emma-Louise’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!

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