Niamh, 18, is a Social Sciences student at North East Scotland College in Aberdeen. In her spare time, Niamh volunteers at her local museum, helping with research, cataloging artifacts and organising displays and exhibitions.
Which young Scot inspires you?
Xiuhtezcatl is an inspiration to me, as he has taken on the responsibility to address the issues of climate change to the United Nations at a young age, and he has proven that young people have as much power as older generations; they just need to find out how to use it to change their world.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I love growing up in Scotland as it is an amazing and unique place with an interesting history and a huge sense of pride in its heritage. It also has beautiful landscapes and vibrant cultures alive in cities such as Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older generations to know that young people are a source of inspiration to so many, and are an enthusiastic, energetic bunch of people who love to contribute to things that matter the most to them, may it be the environment, politics or matters regarding education and employment.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement was curating my own exhibition at my local museum called ‘Talking Textiles.’ It is my biggest achievement to date as it has helped me improve my research skills, made me more confident as a person, and has given me something different to put on my CV for when I apply for a job.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would love to learn a new language, as I would like to go travelling someday, and I think learning a new language or two might come in handy for when I go visiting new countries. Plus, it might come in handy for when I start working, as I intend to work in the cultural and heritage sector someday.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I’ve learned a lot, but the one piece of advice I would like to give to young people in Scotland is that you should never, ever let anyone with a disrespectful opinion stop you from doing what you want to do in life. Listen to people you respect and who respect you in turn.
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