Day 168- Paulina, 17, Royston

Paulina is currently studying towards 5 highers in her fifth year; Chemistry, English, French, Human Biology and Maths and she hopes to go on to a University where she could further study English and could have the opportunity to write more often as it is her passion. Paulina also works part-time at a care home, where every two weeks she help out with the laundrettes and any cleaning tasks. Paulina believes it’s important to start working at an early age while also prioritising school, where she gets the opportunity to experience the world of work while also steadily gaining independence and a taste of adult life.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scots that inspire me are my best friends; Nicole and Julie. With their unnerving strength and never faltering humour, they never let their personal struggles overcome them, and still manage supporting those who cannot find self-belief, including me; because of them, I’m finally comfortable within my own skin. They’ve taught me what it takes to be a strong person who is not ashamed of their vulnerabilities.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I was only five, when I moved to Scotland; although very confused at the time and tasked with overcoming a language barrier, I was welcomed with open arms and had the opportunity to create many memories with the amazing people I have made bonds with and who I have come to class as family, so amongst the fantastic culture and breathtaking landscape, the people continue to amaze me.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
It’s vital that older generations realise young people’s great potential to develop a world that is still healing from a history of bloodshed and prejudice. We are the key to stabilising a world that should cherish diversity in race, religion, culture and sexuality. We’re a generation known for our open-mindedness which we aim to practice in order to pave a path of acceptance to people from all walks of life.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement, thus far, is overcoming failure. I am a known perfectionist which is a difficult way of life in such a chaotic world. So, this year, while I have been working hard towards my highers, I have been tested and pushed to the limit; I received grades that made me feel worthless, but in the end, I have come to realise my failures as a foundation of my success.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My biggest aspiration, although difficult to achieve and more likely will be fuelled by luck, is to publish my own book series. I have been an avid reader ever since I could learn to read, and over the past few years, I have been working on some side-projects that I indulge in writing for, during my spare time. My writing is my passion, and I am ready to pursue it.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Often, young people are under the impression that failure is the end of the road – it isn’t. It is a stepping stone that can be used as a tool to motivate as well as learn from your own mistakes. You realise your strengths, your weaknesses and it is only another test; a test of your dedication towards your ambitions.

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