Jess has just gained my 100 hours Saltire volunteering award, from volunteering at a gymnastics club for primary aged children, a tennis club and as a dance leader, running an in-school dance class. She is in S4 and studies all sciences, maths, English, french and engineering science but spends most lunch times doing sport. She also works at a stables part time.
Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scot who inspires me is my best friend, Megan. She has been there for me through thick and thin. Yes, we fall out (we are human) but even so, it lasts probably about 5 minutes before we are back to taking the mick out of each other again. When things get hard, she’s there for me. I love her
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Growing up in Scotland, the scenery is amazing, forest walks are only a hill away, fresh air is never hard to come by. The winters aren’t hard to come by with snow men and snowboarding whereas summers are vague and never too hot. Sun cream only comes out a couple of times a year, never an expense. I love Scotland, it’s important to me, it’s a lovely place to be.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Older people have this habit of stereotyping teenagers. Whether it’s because they know what they used to get up to was wrong or whether it is just something they assume about us; is still unknown to me. What they need to realise is that most of us aren’t actually drug abusers, alcoholics, street corner lingerers. We do work hard, we do try our best and we do help the community.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is competing in Ballroom and Latin Dance for Scotland at Blackpool for 4 years. I loved every second of it, including that training, even though it was hard work. It was a good way to relax and something I enjoyed but also getting to a decent level with a huge sense of achievement. I still love dance and now teach it myself. The spark shall never die.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future, the biggest achievement for me would be getting into a veterinary surgery degree in university. Not only do I love animals but also science and being able to help them. After doing various work experiences, it has definitely put a stamp on what I want to be. Fingers crossed, maybe one day I’ll have a letter come through that letter box with a university print.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Don’t let what people say, or what others about you dictate what you do or how you feel. Seize opportunities, especially in secondary, because you might not get them again. In all of that, do what you enjoy, what makes you happy and what allows you to relax. Have fun! Be happy!
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