Day 72- Lucy, 23, Clydebank

Lucy works for Young Enterprise Scotland as their Digital Content and Programme Executive, manning their social media platforms, maintaining the site and also working in schools across Scotland to deliver programmes to young people aged 5 – 18.

Lucy previously studied Journalism at The University of the West of Scotland. She realised that she didn’t want to pursue it as a career so ended up with Young Enterprise Scotland and loves it!

Lucy volunteers as part of BBC Scotland NEXT, influencing the content of the BBC Scotland of the future and also volunteers for Pancreatic Cancer Scotland by fundraising through events and helping at art exhibitions for the charity.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
The Young Scot that inspires me is the blogger Jamie Genevieve. She’s worked so hard to get herself from working multiple jobs including retail and makeup artistry, and is now jet setting across the world. This last month alone she’s been in the Maldives with Benefit and New York Fashion Week with Maybelline. If that’s not inspiring to young people in Scotland to show you that you can achieve your dreams, I don’t know what is.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
We’re very lucky to benefit from exceptional and free healthcare in Scotland which is far superior to other regions across the world and even within the UK. I know that my own family have benefited from the NHS in many different departments and despite us sometimes complaining about waiting lists, having the ability to see a doctor or nurse is priceless.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
If I could encourage the older generations to understand one thing about young people it would be that technology isn’t evil. Comments about ‘being on that phone 24/7’ and being ‘glued to that screen’ are constant, but phones and tablets are not necessarily barriers to communication, often these items can be the ones to encourage young people to engage and learn – and I think this is underrated.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is getting into university in 2012. I suffered from Scoliosis in high school and had to undergo a spinal fusion in February during fifth year. This meant I didn’t pass many exams as it took me a while to return to school fully and really affected my confidence. I managed to scrape my entry requirements and when I think back to how much I struggled in 2011 I realise how far I’ve come!

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My main aspiration in the future is to be successful, it’s not something I can measure in financial terms – but I’ll know when I’ve made it! I’d also love to travel to Aruba as they have a flamingo beach – and I absolutely love flamingos!

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
The main advice I’d give to young people in Scotland is to never give up. We have a reputation for being quite negative about ourselves and others and I think this is something we need to work hard to change. There are so many young people who could achieve so much but get worried about what other people will think – ignore them, if they’re your pals they’ll support you. If not? You don’t need them, so ignore their comments.

If Lucy’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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