Day 107- Jessica, 17, Dunfermline

Jessica volunteers at the riding for the disabled and at The Red Cross Charity Shop. She is currently doing her Leader Qualification with Girl Guides and is a peer educator for guides.

Jessica is in S6, doing Higher English, Higher Maths, Higher Human Biology, National 5 Hospitality and National 5 Business Management and is part of paired numeracy with an S2 buddy during registration in the morning at school. She is a member of the Eco Club, School Magazine, Choir and on the Anti-Bullying Committee!

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Which young Scot inspires you?
The Young Scot who inspires me is my S2 Paired Numeracy Buddy Emma. I have been helping Emma with her Maths since August 2017 and I have formed a great relationship with her, she has improved massively with her maths and she always has a smile on her face. But she always inspires me to be the best that I can.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I think the best thing I found about growing up in Scotland has to be the beautiful places which you can visit. I especially love up in the highlands. Scotland is a beautiful place and growing up I visited so many inspiring, beautiful places and made a lot of childhood memories when I went too them.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
If there’s one thing I could tell the older generation it would be that it’s hard growing up as a teenager/young person, there’s so much pressures and also down to stereotypes it’s hard if you aren’t what the stereotypical teenager/young person. People judge you before they’ve even spoken to you, and you get treated differently. Maybe the older generation need to be more open and talk to the younger generations.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date has to be winning £3000 for Aberlour. Through the YPI (Youth Philanthropy Inititive) after competing against groups from the whole year group. This was something that gave me a lot of confidence after having to present a presentation to audiences of large numbers as before that it was something I struggled with, and although I still do I definitely have more confidence from this experience.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
What do I want to achieve in the future? I want to help people. Working with people with Additional Support Needs is something I’ve always enjoyed and hopefully I am going to college to study this and then go on to university and in the end I want to help and support as many people I can and help make their lives that bit more special .

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Being young is hard, but enjoy it, make the most of opportunities that come in your direction. Help others, be a better person, take up a new hobby, make new friends. Work hard at school and then go on to do something you enjoy and love. Life is a wonderful thing and being young is just the start of it.

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