Day 162- Hannah, 16, Inverness

Hannah is in Year 11, at boarding school, and loves to run and play netball with the Moray District Squad in her free-time. On Monday afternoons she helps run “Kiddie Swimming” activities in her school pool and Hannah is also a reserve firefighter within Station 39; she enjoys being on pager and ready for action whenever she is needed. Hannah really enjoys school because and her favourite subjects are Geography, History and foreign languages, of which she takes French and Spanish. J’adore ça! Hannah really likes to explore new cultures and keep an open-mind about the world we live in.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
The Young Scot that truly inspires me is my friend Grace. She inspires me because she is always the shining light in the room. When I was new, on my first day of school she took my under her wing and made me feel welcome. Grace is an amazing violinist and she taught me to play. She also played netball for Scotland. She is truly amazing and I love her.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I’ve always loved growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, in the middle of nowhere. I am surrounded by forests, lochs and wildlife. I appreciate the cleanliness of the air I breathe in every single day. The wilderness of Scotland is breathtaking and I love to wake up to see it every morning. My family has lived here for generations and Scotland is and always will be my true home.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
If I could tell the older generations one thing about young people and growing up, it would be that as much as we are the generation of technology and mobile phones, I will always appreciate those moments without them. We have access to so much worldly knowledge at our fingertips and yet we still love to learn from our parents and our relatives, our role models stories inspire us always.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
Well a few weeks ago, I overcame my fear of heights in the best and worst way possible. My friend and I made a pact when we were 11 that we would go skydiving when we turned 16. I thought we were joking… apparently we weren’t! So I found myself at 10,000ft in the air, with someone strapped to my back, pushing me out of an airplane. It was amazing!

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I want to be able to make use of my language skills, and my appetite to learn about the world. I want to work with humanitarian aid and travel abroad. Eventually, I want to with the civil service and the British army in order to transfer my skills into making a better place for the future generations by preserving its security and prosperity for years to come.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
If I could tell other young people in scotland one thing, it would be what I tell myself in order to get through every challenge. “Plus est en vous”, which is “there is more in you” in French. You need to remember that there is always more in you than you think and that although what you’re going through may be tough, you are tougher. There’s always more in you.

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