Day 121- John, 19, Brechin

John is currently at North East Scotland in Aberdeen for the second time studying Creative Media, and is enjoying it thoroughly so far! He is also a part of the BBC Next program, helping the BBC get in touch with young people in Scotland.




Which young Scot inspires you?
A good friend of mine, Alfie, is a great advocate for the mental health issues that young people in Scotland are facing. He has been through some tough times himself and still always comes out with a smile on his face. He is constantly using his social media platforms to bring attention to the subject and always provides sound and helpful advice, cheers Alf.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is definitely the scenery. While I have been lucky enough to do the North Coast 500, seeing many of Scotland’s beautiful landmarks, even the commute on the train gives some breathtaking views of the coast that always brighten up the cold Scottish mornings.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I believe that there are a lot of negative stigmas surrounding young people that the older generation have about us. Be it body art and piercings that many older generations look down upon, or even the importance of mental health that unfortunately takes a back seat in today’s generation. I believe the older generation would benefit greatly from simply having an open mind.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
I believe my biggest achievement to date would be completing the Columba 1400 leadership course, or more recently, getting into the BBC Next Program. I really feel like I have been given the power to make meaningful changes for young people in Scotland.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My biggest goal in the future is to successfully make it into a profession that makes me happy, and one that I enjoy doing. I would also like to move to a larger City in Scotland, possibly Aberdeen or even Edinburgh.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I think the most important thing young people can do is to simply focus on yourself, and to do what you enjoy. I know it is horribly cliche’, but you truly learn the meaning of it in later life. For me it was when I was leaving high school.

If John’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!

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