Michelle volunteers in a café serving customers, making drinks and food, clearing tables and general cleaning duties. Michell also volunteers at BEAT, a recycling project that up-cycles furniture for resale.
Which young Scot inspires you?
I am inspired by my friend Erin. She has gone through so much following a bad accident and is now achieving many things. She is amazing and is very special to me!
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I love my country and living by the coast. Scotland is my favourite place, I feel safe in my home town. I love the history of Scotland and I love to visit all the historical places. My most favourite historical story is the legend of Loch Ness. I have visited heaps of times. I am part of the Banff Community TV and part of the reason for this Facebook page is to go oot ‘n’ aboot, showing everyone the amazing historical places across Aberdeenshire.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like to tell older people that it takes young ones’ time to learn respect and to have patience. Respect works both ways; don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Look past disability and judge people on who they really are.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is learning to stand up for myself.I am incredibly proud for believing in myself and standing up for what I believe and feel. I’ve worked very hard at gaining qualifications despite needing many operations for my condition. I am away to collect a prestigious national award for all my hard work and dedication. I’m so very proud and so are my family and friends.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My biggest dream I would most want to achieve in my future is to travel the world. I want to see America; especially Disneyland and all the other countries in the world. I want to achieve this before I settle down, get married and have children.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
The message I would like to give to the young people of Scotland is – go for it and never say never!
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