Day 96- Lauryn, 19, Edinburgh


Which young Scot inspires you?
Living in Edinburgh and studying at the University means I meet more international students than Scottish students, but when I do meet them it’s so interesting to hear the accent and tell their stories about places like Livingston and Dundee; places I’ve never been to but plan on visiting.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The history and the architecture. Being at the university we have the ancient buildings like the McEwan Hall, Appleton Tower, so these tall modern skyscrapers on cobbled streets with ancient buildings alongside them is something beautiful to look at.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Give us a chance; we don’t know everything at all, we are going to ask for help so please be there to help us and advise us but understand we are going to try something new and our way and that’s okay. Even if we fail we are going to come back so long as you make sure that door is open for us to ask for help.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would like to get my degree, hopefully! I don’t know how I’m going to use it yet but I hope I can use it back home to help my country to develop. I hope I can be the kind of person who inspires other people, especially young girls to dream really big and know it works out.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Every day strive to be the best version of yourself, sometimes you will fail and that’s okay. Dream very very big and then bigger than that, because if you reach for the stars then reach for the moon, even if you fail you are still at that highest pinnacle. Believe in magic, because the world really is a magical place and good things happen every day.

If Lauryn’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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