Day 93- Sula, 17, Shetland 

Which young Scot inspires you?
My friends are providing the biggest inspiration because we are going through a difficult point in school. My sister and quite a few of my friends deal with mental health and have struggled with mental health so to see them overcome problems and still do incredibly well in prelims and uni applications is incredibly inspiring.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is probably the environment and the people that make it. I find it incredible that I can look out my bedroom window and see the Northern Lights or an otter and it’s very important to me as it’s something I’ve been raised to appreciate. I think it’s increasingly important to appreciate simple beauties like the small Shetland wren or things as incredible as a killer whale.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I think it’s important for older generations to understand that technology is a force that can be used to make friends and educate. My generation are intelligent. We are not ignorant and we deserve respect.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is probably a play that I was in last year called Blue Stockings. I played the lead role and there was a lot of pressure on me both from the cast and crew and from my school work and I think I coped well with rehearsals three nights a week for three months while still maintaining good work in my highers and advanced highers.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
A lot but I don’t know what yet. I think I would like to achieve happiness in a career and socially, and it means a lot to me and I would like to provide happiness to other people.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Change is okay, it can be scary but ultimately it can improve you as a person whether it’s good change or bad change.

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