Day 150- Chantelle, 22, Airdrie

Chantelle graduated in June 2017 in BA Hons Marketing and Business Law from the University of Strathclyde and since then has developed a passion for helping children through my work as a befriender for YMCA Bellshill and Mossend. The aim of this role is to reduce social isolation and encourage independence and confidence, home and school engagement and strong trusting relationships with vulnerable children aged 5-16. She has adored working with the YMCA and watching children become better more confident representations of themselves. Alongside the befriending projects, Chantelle volunteers 2 days a week at a local primary school as a classroom assistant/additional support assistant. This is to build more experience working with children in a classroom setting as she is aiming to complete the PGDE in Primary Education and become a primary teacher!

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Which young Scot inspires you?
I do not have a specific person. Everyone inspires me in some way or another. Every person is unique and have their own opinions, knowledge and way of thinking which is beautiful. I love hearing people’s stories and achievements, especially the young adults of our generation as it takes a lot to be your own individual and rise above the negativity in today’s society.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I adore my country. Scotland is truly beautiful and a lot more people have to realise this! Explore your back garden more often and you will realise you don’t have to board a plane to see some amazing landscapes and views. For me, I love outdoors and nature, therefore I love to explore the Highlands and their endless hills and mountains. I am working my way through the 283 Munros and encouraging others to take one day out of their summer to try a hike. I promise, you won’t regret it!! (well, once you reach the top you won’t ha!)

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would tell them to remember they were young once and although there is a lot of learning, trial and errors and sometimes wrongful decisions, there is much more good. Our generation are more determined than ever to be successful, push the limits and be the best we can! Yes, we love a party and “crazy friend holidays” but everyone needs some fun!!

What is your biggest achievement to date?
I would say graduating with my BA Hons in Marketing and Business Law as it seemed like the most challenging time of my life to push through multiple deadlines, study sessions, essays, projects, exams and not to mention the dreaded dissertation in your final year. I wouldn’t change it though and if anything, I would encourage students to make the most of it, join that society – it’s not as scary as it seems, I waited until my last year to join any and that’s my biggest regret not doing it sooner!!

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would love to be a primary school headteacher. I always look to improve myself and aim higher. It’s about breaking up the goal into smaller more manageable goals. For example, I have to obtain the PGDE in Primary Education first to become a teacher and then set the next goal and so on! It would mean so much to me as I struggle to find self-confidence but I have so much determination to be as successful as I can be and show myself I can and will!

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would tell the young people of Scotland to go for it!! Whether that is starting your own blog, learning a new language, joining the cheerleading team at university or running for a marathon, do it!! It may seem like such a big step but break it into smaller steps and you will achieve it!

If Chantelle’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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