Day 34- Nikki, 16, Airdrie

Nikki is currently at school; she also volunteers with Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) and is also an ambassador for Year of Young People 2018. She is in her 5th year of secondary school, studying at Caldervale High School in Airdrie and studies five subjects at higher level: maths, English, French, graphic communication and modern studies!

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Which young Scot inspires you?
Many young people in Scotland inspire me and there are too many to mention. Their dedication to things and their achievements are what makes them so inspiring. I have met many people who have received awards for outstanding volunteering and commitment which I think is simply amazing.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is the education system. Having access to free education is something that we should feel privileged to have and not take for granted. Having the ability to go to university in the future and get my courses paid for me is something else that is great about living in Scotland as it gets me into the career I want.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Not all young people are the way they expect them to be. We are not all bad people who are lazy and do nothing. Many of us actually do lots of things to help and benefit the community so they shouldn’t stereotype us into one category.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
I’ve had a number of big achievements, but one I’m really proud of is getting 7A’s in my National 5 exams. In addition the this, through volunteering with PSYV, I have achieved a Saltire certificate for 200 hours and received the “Youth Volunteer of the Year” award within my group for 2016.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future, I most want to achieve my dream occupation, which is to become a teacher in English in a secondary school. It would mean so much to me because it’s a chance to give back what my teachers have given to me and I want to help others to succeed and follow their dreams.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Always follow your dreams and never let anyone stop you. No matter what people say, you should always try and go with your gut instinct because you never know where life will take you. If you never try, you’ll never know!

If Nikki’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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