Day 52- Meredith, 23, Torphichen

Meredith works in Human Resources at the financial services company Standard Life Aberdeen. In her free time she volunteers for the 2050 Climate Group to educate young leaders in Scotland about climate change and also runs her own voluntary organisation that aims to connect people to their local environment and help them lead more sustainable lives.


Which young Scot inspires you?
It’s really hard to pick one inspiring young Scot for the Year of Young People. There are so many inspiring young people working across Scotland in their own ways and I’m inspired by every single person that uses their time, their skills and their resources to help the lives of others to make Scotland a better place.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is the access to the great outdoors. We are so lucky to have such amazing scenery and mountains on our doorstep and growing up I really enjoyed exploring the outdoors and the natural environment, especially getting out and climbing mountains at the weekend.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older generations to know that younger generations are really passionate about creating a future that everyone in our nation can be proud of. Young people really want to learn and grow by hearing from older people about their experiences, learning how it was different when they grew up, what their experiences are now and actually how can we work together to build a nation we are all proud to live in and we can all actively contribute to.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date was setting up my own voluntary organisation. It’s been a great journey so far and through it I’ve had the chance to meet hundreds of people every year across Scotland. The purpose of the organisation is to get people outdoors, exploring their environment and enjoying the great landscape we have so it has been such a pleasure to meet these people every week and hear their stories and why they love Scotland as much as I do.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My biggest aspiration is to visit Antarctica. It is a place that has always inspired me, I’ve always been interested by and I have done a lot of research into. I’d love to be able to visit either on a scientific research expedition or as a tourist and I really hope when we are filming this in ten years time I can say I’ve been and achieved my biggest goal.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
The one thing I would like to share with other young people in Scotland is to set goals and dream really big. Scotland will be behind you every step of the way and the more you challenge yourself, the more you will step up to mark and if you identify an opportunity, say yes to everything. I really do believe young people can achieve some amazing things across Scotland.

If Meredith’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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