Day 169- Emma, 16, Falkirk

Emma is in S5 and studying mainly STEM based subjects. Studying STEM subjects and being in the STEM leadership team in school has given Emma the opportunity to attend the Big Bang Fair and to gain a place at the Scottish Space School in June this year. Alongside STEM Emma is also extremely passionate about volunteering, especially through sports coaching. She volunteers 6 hours a week at Tryst Community Sports Club in a variety of sports giving the children of the local area a safe and enjoyable environment to develop their social and sporting skills. Emma is also in the Sports Development team at Gleneagles for the 2018 Glasgow European Chamiponships this summer and is a YOYP Ambassador for the Falkirk constituency.


Which young Scot inspires you?
The Scots that inspire me are all the of young people and teachers at my school. Larbert High School has always had a sense of togetherness when it comes to anything. There are so many clubs and opportunities in the school you never feel outspoken or left out. There’s a place for everyone!

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The most important thing about growing up in Scotland for me is the culture and Highlands. Scottish culture is so unique, where else has bagpipes! I can go anywhere in the world and still crave a cold Irn Bru. The landscape and wildlife of Scotland also has me in awe. As a geography enthusiast something gives me joy thinking about the highlands and the free spirit I become when visiting.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Young people in Scotland, and anywhere to be fair, have gained a bad reputation. I would love, through the Year of Young People, to show older generations that we are different from what they seem. We may always be on our phones, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t growing. Times have changed rapidly and we try to manage so much these days, we just need time to perfect things.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
The thing I am most proud of to date is travelling to Cape Town after raising money for a township primary school. I gained so much from this experience, I even overcame my fear of birds by riding an ostrich! The thing I’m most proud of from this trip is the difference I made to lives in this primary school, and the bonds I have made with the children there.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
Coming home from my South African trip my eyes had been open to the many experiences I have in Scotland. In the future I would love to work with people all over the world to implement a worldwide STEM programme to give children who don’t have everything we have a chance to change their lives and possibly start a career. Fingers crossed!

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Advice I would give is to never let any opportunity or experience pass you by. Life is too short to think ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘someone else can do that’. If everyone thought like that nothing would ever get done. Be the change you want to see.

If Emma’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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