Day 109- Lauren, 18, Auchterarder

Lauren is in 6th year at St. John’s Academy in Perth studying Advanced Higher RMPS Higher Modern Studies Higher Business Higher Geography. She volunteers with Dunkeld Youth Service which is the diocese for my local area. She helps to organise retreats and youth events with in the diocese and sits on the youth commission and runs their instagram account.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
There are a number of young people in Scotland who I find inspiring. The head girl in my school Louise Ford is someone who I find really inspiring. Since I met her I have been in awe of how kind and considerate she is as a person. She is constantly happy and upbeat and I’ve never heard her say a bad word about anyone. She is a real role model to younger years as she embodies what it means to be a good leader. Louise always has time to talk to you and she is rarely without a smile. Nothing is too much of a problem and she is just such a lovely person.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I didn’t actually grow up in Scotland – I grew up in Essex. But I was constantly in Scotland visiting my family who are all here. What I loved about visiting family was we would just walk in the back door without knocking. I don’t know why I found it so amusing but it was the best feeling when they didn’t know we were in their house and they were so happy to see us. I think this showed the trust between the people who live in Dumbarton the fact that the community was so trusting they could safely leave their doors unlocked which is something you couldn’t do in Essex. Now that Im living here properly its only reaffirmed ideas from my childhood I like being able to pop in nd see my family whenever I want because they mean so much to me.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I think older generations need to know that young people have more to them than meets the eye. They shouldn’t always assume they know what we are thinking. We do have ideas and complicated feelings that need expressing. It’s important to me because I feel that older generations often misinterpret young people in society.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
I would say my biggest achievement to date is adjusting to my new life in Scotland. When I lived in Essex I attended an all girls school. Then when we moved up here I had to go to a mixed school which was so scary. It took me roughly a year but I soon settled and got used to having boys around me. What made it such an Achievement was I didn’t know any boys my age and I am now able to talk to the boys in my year with ease

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My biggest ambition is to graduate from university. I want to do this because my parents never went and neither did my grandparents which means that ill be the first in my family. My parents didn’t have the same opportunities that I have and they’ve always encouraged me to take all the opportunities I can. It means so much to me because it means so much to my parents – especially my dad. After I graduate I want to train to become an RE teacher. This is a career path I’ve always wanted to follow and its something I’ve wanted for a long time – finally achieving it will give me a real sense of pride.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I think the best advice you can give someone is to say thank you. Even if it is something so small. It makes people feel like they are doing something right and its polite. Especially I would suggest saying Thank – you to your teachers. Mine especially make so many sacrifices for me. Its important that they know that.

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