Naomi is a full time mum to a little boy and is expecting her second baby in April! She is hoping to start the Open University in a few months to study English, then possibly teaching. As a single mum, Naomi is really dedicated to her son and spends a lot of time with him in groups; in fact, they have a baby group nearly every day!
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I think the best thing for me about growing up in Scotland is the fact that when you turn 16 you become an adult because everywhere else as far as I know, is 18. It was really nice being able to vote, to feel really grown up and to feel like an adult at 16.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I think it’s important for them to know that things have changed a lot, and obviously I wasn’t around in those days but from what I’ve heard I think life has got better. There are a lot more opportunities and young people have got rights they didn’t have back then so it would be nice for the older generation to know that!
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I think my biggest achievement is breast feeding my baby because at first it was really difficult and a lot of people did say ‘Oh you won’t be able to do that, especially at your age!’. At first it was that difficult that I thought I’ll do it for 6 weeks and then I’ll stop but 11 months later and here we are and I’m really hoping to encourage other people and support other people that want to. I’m hoping I can breastfeed both my babies.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I’d really like to have a successful career. Ideally I would want to join the police; I’ve wanted to do that for a long time but if not I’m hoping to go to the Open University and study English so that’s a back up plan! I just want to be able to give my children a good life.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would say that education is the way forward. We are so lucky in this country because we do have free higher education available to most people, and school doesn’t work out for everybody (it didn’t for me) but if it doesn’t, there’s other options, there are other ways.
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