Anna is studying journalism at Robert Gordon University and is in fourth year. She is a part of a few societies at university; she presents and produces her own feminist radio show, writes for the online magazine Her Campus and runs their Pinterest and is also part of the Amnesty International Society. She also volunteers with Scotland’s Young Women’s Movement as a Social Media Volunteer.
Which young Scot inspires you?
Some of the young Scots that inspire me are the young women from Scotland’s Young Women’s Movement (YWCA). They’re all so lovely, empowering and hard working. I love how they’re all very individual but work together so well for feminist issues.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
One of the best things about growing up in Scotland is the creativity and culture. I’ve volunteered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and worked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and created some amazing memories and made some really good friends. My parents now live in Edinburgh so I love immersing myself even more in the city. I feel like you can learn so much and meet amazing people.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I think what I would most like people from older generations to know about young people is that I think we’re very open and eager to learn but also that we need to work together in order to understand each other’s points of views and how we can make our future’s better.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I think one of my biggest achievements is getting through 2017. It was a pretty hard year for me and for my family. Sadly my Gran passed away but I did my best to help my Mum and just be there for her. My mental health was pretty low as well most of the year but I asked for help and I’m pleased to say I’m doing much better.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I love a lot of the things I’m doing right now such as doing social media for Scotland’s Young Women’s Movement, presenting and producing my own feminist radio show, writing for Her Campus and being part of Amnesty International. I’d like to continue doing things like this but hopefully manage to make a career out of it and be a part of important causes.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I’d like to tell young people in Scotland to just try your best to love and look after yourself. It’s not always easy and can take time but it’s worth it. Also don’t keep things bottled up, even when you don’t think they do people want to help whether that’s family, friends or people where you study or work. You deserved to be and feel loved.
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