Rachel is in her third year of a Public Relations and Media degree at Queen Margaret University.
Which young Scot inspires you?
The Young Scot who inspires me is Emmie Main. Emmie is one of my best friends and she really inspires me because I get to see all the amazing work she does for youth in and around Edinburgh. She is really passionate about her job as a youth worker and inspires me every day with what she is doing.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
There are so many great things about growing up in Scotland, with a whole host of different opportunities, but I think the big one is education. It is free to go into further education such as college or university in Scotland and I think that is so important in giving everyone equal opportunities. I wouldn’t be where I am today without this, and I’m forever grateful for that.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like older generations to know that young people have so much to say and want their voices to be heard. Sometimes I think older generations don’t value the views and opinions of young people, but we are the future, and we have so much we want to talk about around various topics and wider issues in Scotland.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is not only getting into university, but succeeding academically and socially. I have been able to get relatively good grades throughout my degree so far, but on top of that I have also had the best couple of years I could ask for in terms of making friends and having an amazing time!
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In terms of things I want for the future, I don’t ask for much. I really just want to finish my degree successfully and then hopefully secure a good job from that. I would love to be able to give back to people that have helped me along the way, and for all of us to lead happy and successful lives.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Don’t listen to people who tell you what you can and can’t do!! There’s a way round everything and if you believe it you can achieve it. Hard work pays off, there’s been times I’ve really struggled with the workload both at school and university, but you just have to power through and do the best you can. You can do it!
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