Rachel lives in the Scottish Highlands, studying maths, english, modern studies, physics, PE and business in S4 at Dingwall Academy. She is a member of BBC Scotland Next, helping to make the BBC more appealing and popular amongst young people and is also an athlete competing in long jump, hurdles and multi events across Scotland.
Which young Scot inspires you?
A young scot that inspires me would have to be Christian Macleod. After a bad injury which left him unable to pursue his dream of becoming a professional golfer, he turned to creating his own brand and now is the proud owner of a very successful and popular belt company. Christian is from Inverness, like me and I understand it can be harder to do big things and get yourself recognised when you come from a rural area such as the Highlands. I therefore admire him for his persistence and carisma to be determined to strive for what he wants and not allowing his knock down after his injury to impact on him for the rest of his life.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Probably just the spirit and unity of everyone in the country and how we all seem to be there for each other in difficult situations. The amazing atmosphere during the Glasgow Commonwealth games is a prime example of this great morale
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I don’t think that I would really tell the older generation anything as I would most definitely consider them as role models as they have grown up in times which were not as easy as us. However, I would say one thing, not to stereotype young people into this negative image that you see in the news. Not all young people hang about the streets and take part in underage drinking or petty crime, some of us are doing things for our communities and making an impact.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Probably my biggest achievement to date would have to getting in to the BBC Scotland Next group. Not just being chosen to be a part, but being able to push myself to do things that are out of my comfort zone during the selection process. Attending the selection day was very daunting for me as I had travelled over 120 miles and knew nobody who was going, therefore thrown in at the deep end. I was one of the youngest mixed in with 25 year olds! I am proud of myself for being able to hold my own and not be outspoken by those of more experience.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I would love to study law at the University of Glasgow, before I can do that though, I will need to achieve good enough results in my highers next year
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would love to tell young people just to be themselves and not compare yourself to others.
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