Day 110- Kiara, 20, Saltcoats

Kiara is an administration Modern Apprentice for her Local Council. She helps to provide admin assistance to her colleagues and helps take part in various projects.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
The Young Scot who inspires me is my best friend Zoe. She is a waitress in a hotel and deals with frustrating customers every day, although she is never without a smile on her face. She helped me through a horrendous time in my life and saved my life, I wouldn’t be here today if she hadn’t been there for me.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
To me, the best thing about living in Scotland is that I was able to get large amounts of support from secondary school teachers when nobody believed in my abilities, as well as having support whenever I require. There are so many services out there to help support young people in Scotland on so many different issues and having these in place have accredited for my successes.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would most like for older generations to learn to accept the fact that there are a large majority of young people who have a decent knowledge and understanding of life. I would also like for older generations to stop seeing us young people as something to be disgusted about when yous see us on public transport, as this affects us and makes us feel like we’re not good enough.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date has to be the fact that I am alive and doing something with my life. There were a few times in my life where I felt so bad about who I was growing up that I attempted to take my own life. I was putting too much pressure on myself as everyone else had their expectations of me, but now I am happy with life.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
The one thing that I would most like to achieve in my future is to continue writing. I song write in my spare time and I really wish to continue writing and eventually have someone hear one of my songs. If someone heard one of my songs and gave me feedback, I would feel really positive as I have already overcame so much in my life and this would be perfect.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
If I could tell other young people one thing it would be to always be yourself. Especially if you don’t feel good enough, I’ve been there and I understand. It’s important to stay true to who you are and life will get better. You will eventually meet people who will love and accept you for who you are and really, who wants to be a sheep?

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