Julie currently in my first year of studying events management at Glasgow Clyde college. She works part time in a gift shop called Papyrus and has recently started doing freelance work at the Kiltwalk. Julie is part of the co-design team, supporting the TEDxYouth@Glasgow Year of Young People 2018 event, taking place at the SEC Armadillo on 31st May.
Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scot who inspires me is Basit Rashid. Basit is one of this years TEDxYouth@Glasgow speakers and is an extremely inspiring young person with a heartwarming story to tell. His childhood was different from many others and it is admirable to hear him speak so openly about his struggles in the hope to help others.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is the people. You don’t have to look far to find someone with a big heart. Glasgow is my home and I wouldn’t choose to be anywhere else because even though the weather is bad, it is a very welcoming, friendly and diverse place to live.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like the older generation to know that growing up in today’s society is a lot different from how it would have been in their day. It is important to me that older people stay open minded to the changes that have happened throughout recent years because a lot of these changes are positive and driven by the youth of today.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date, is my involvement in the first ever TEDxYouth@Glasgow event, happening on the 31st of May at the SEC Glasgow. In November this year, I was chosen to be part of the events team, and I have been organising the youth conference since, along with some of my classmates. This was an amazing opportunity that I grabbed with both hands and I Am now looking forward to watching the event unfold in just a few weeks time.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I would like to achieve a career in events, and maybe one day take on the role of an Events manager. I would also like to create my own business where I can be my own boss and love my job.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
One message I would like to give to young people in Scotland would be that change is ok! Some people know what career path they want to take at a young age and follow it through and others like myself have to try the other options and different routes in order to find what’s best suited to them, and in order to do this you have to go through changes, which is a good thing. This is important to me as I have experienced this myself and came to the realisation that life is a massive learning curve and all about trial and error.
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