Fatima is in her first year of her term as an MSYP (Member of Scottish Youth Parliament), and is also a Year of Young People Ambassador. She has also done some charity work within school where she is in fourth year.
Which young Scot inspires you?
One of my friends inspire me, she is always easy to talk to, reliable and the best friend you can ever have. She is not the most confident but she always gives it her all. She is a very good musician and on numerous occasions has challenged herself to play in front of large crowds. I admire that she faced her fears and got on with it.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
One of the best things of growing up in Scotland is that is the freedom to be yourself. You can choose the career that you want, wear what you like and most importantly be who you want. Everyone is welcome.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would tell the older generations that young people are very kind and clever. We care about each other and take an interest in the world around us. We are aware of important issues and have an opinion on it. This is important to me as most of the time young people are judged and negatively labelled by older people and I want to help break down this stereotype.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Since P2 till S2 I had gone to school in England, and at a very crucial time when I was just starting my GCSEs, I moved to Scotland. I am proud to have adjusted so quickly in a very different system of education and maintaining my A+ grades. Moreover, in less than a year I managed to get elected as an MSYP. I now represent Federation of Student Islamic Societies.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I want to have a career in computing, it’s something I have wanted to do since I was very little and I love it. I also want to be able to do something for youth projects e.g. youth clubs, forums etc. I have been to quite a few of these and the people there have done so much for me, I want to be able to give back to them
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Give everything your best shot, it doesn’t matter if you win or not or get the top mark in school, all that matters is that you gave it your best shot. Then you can’t regret that you didn’t give it your all.
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