Day 63- Matthew, 17, Perth

Matthew is a 17 year old Year of Young People Ambassador from Perth, in his final few months of sixth year, looking to go onto university to study Accounting and Finance.

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What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The scenery. The scenery makes Scotland the best place to live, purely because of the fact you can drive ten minutes along the road and it could be totally different. I’m very lucky for where I live, purely because I’m surrounded by hills which can provide stunning views if I go up them – they get even better at sunset. Not every country in the world can say they have that – that is why Scotland is unique to me.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
That not every young person is rude, ungrateful, unwilling to work. Yes, while there is some young people who come under these categories but the majority of us are unlike these stereotypes.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
Completing a 4 week internship within the summer holidays between S5 and S6. This was very important to me as I’m not the best when it comes to exams, so this should set me apart from the different people who are also applying to the same uni courses as me. It also let me see what I would like to do at uni and in later in life. (account and finance).

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would like to become a chartered accountant and retire at 40. It would mean a lot to me, purely because of the amount of work that needs to go into becoming one. (Becoming a chartered accountant is more likely than retiring at 40).

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Be yourself, be unique, do what makes yourself happy, go explore Scotland. All of these things I wish I done more looking back on my younger years. Who cares if you don’t like the same things as other people. Also, if you are offered to go travelling around Scotland, do it, it is the best piece of advice I can give.

If Matthew’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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