Day 160- Flora, 18, Glasgow

Flora is in her last year of high school, and is currently studying to sit my Advanced Higher English, Advanced Higher Spanish, and Higher Philosophy exams. Flora has a place in Edinburgh to study English and Philosophy. Every Tuesday looks after two of her neighbour’s children, as a way of making a little extra money.


Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scot who inspires me is Mhairi Black, the youngest MP in the House of Commons, elected when she was only two years older than me, 20. She is very vocal on issues concerning gender, and poverty, and is a great inspiration to me because of the way she has shaken up Westminster. She doesn’t seem afraid to give her own opinion.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is the pride in being Scottish that ultimately unites everyone. Scotland also has a reputation for being a friendly and welcoming country, and I’m proud that that is recognised on an international scale.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would tell older generations that the young people today are trying their hardest. In some ways it has been a privilege to grow up during this time of general equality, but it has also come with it’s own challenges.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement would be getting through my fifth year of school and doing my exams, all the while maintaining a positive outlook and being able to keep time to myself to have fun. It was really tough, and I know my exam days aren’t over yet, but I’m still proud.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I would most like to be able have enough money to travel and explore the world. It would be great to have a job that would allow me to be creative while still improving the lives of others.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would tell the young people of Scotland to really figure out what it is that makes them excited, and try to follow that as far as it takes them. Don’t be shy, and try anything that is new to you!

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