Day 101- Andrew, 17, Dundee

Andrew runs his own brand which he is looking to expand into a full time business and he also has plans to create and build another business too!


Which young Scot inspires you?
My older brother Ross, he works so hard to achieve his goals. He has had to deal with everything that I have went through, I have been diagnosed with hemiplegia, epilepsy, autism and anxiety and he has dealt with helping me every day of my life. He is a great guy and I can’t thank him enough of everything he’s done.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Scotland is a beautiful country, a diverse country, full of people from different backgrounds and different ethnic groups. Scotland is best for it’s education and healthcare as it is all free here. I live in Dundee, a city that is changing for the future, as an ambassador for the city, it’s great to see more positive things happen here! I am proud to call Dundee and Scotland home!

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Growing up in Scotland, which is very exciting, we have many opportunities to get involved in different things, one example is able to vote at the ages of 16 and 17 in Scottish elections. Young people have the capacity of getting more excited about changes in Scotland and that continues to grow.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
Holding the Queen’s Baton at the age of 14, named as one of the top young digital leaders in the country, being named by Young Scot as one of four young people who have ruled the tech world and winning the Young Award at the Evening Telegraph Community Spirit Awards. This all came about with my work with Dundee Culture which I created when I was 12.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I want to follow a career path into starting my own social media and website building business which helps businesses and individuals have more presence on the internet. I have already created three websites and I want to expand on that.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Be patient on things you want to do, and don’t think your age stops you what you want to do. I started Dundee Culture when I was just 12 and it also took time to see where it is today. Don’t think you can’t achieve your goals, anything is possible, the future is unpredictable and everything changes, don’t let anybody tell you different.

If Andrew’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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