Day 105- Amy, 17, Johnstone

Amy volunteers at her local library and has achieved her 200 hour Saltire Award. She is currently working towards her 500 hour award. In school, she is a 6th year and my subjects are Administration & IT, Maths, Chemistry and French. Amy also works part time at Morrison’s.


Which young Scot inspires you?
I am inspired by Mhari Black, she is an inspiration to all young people in Scotland. She stands out as inspirational as she promotes various aspects that all young people want to hear and what they want to be involved in.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I think that the best thing about growing up in Scotland, for me personally, is that it is a completely, amazingly, fabulously beautiful country. Even though the weather can be an absolute bummer, no matter where you go the landscape is glorious.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
What I would like people from older generations to know about young people is that we are not all “jakes” or “rebels.” The majority of young people are self respecting, mannered and mature young people who need to be given the benefit of the doubt

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is that I completed a World Challenge Expedition to Tanzania in 2017. Whilst in country I completed two treks and volunteered at a school for one week. I helped paint their school and toilet blocks. I also participated in helping to build a new classroom.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My absolute biggest aspiration is to be happy. Not fake happy, being rich and living a life full of fake (also rich) friends. I want to be able to sit down and tell my kids that I made it. I’m happy. I’m happy with my average job, amazing husband, great friends. I’m happy.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
If there was one thing that I could tell all young people in Scotland it would be that living a life full of stress ISN’T WORTH IT. Stressing over school, exams, friends, family, absolutely anything isn’t not worth it. Try and live a life that makes you happy, not others.

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