Day 172- Emma, 14, Glasgow

Emma goes to Stonelaw High school, and am in S3. In school she is a member of the band, the clarinet ensemble, the choir, Scripture Union, and also the pupil council. During her free time Emma volunteers at Messy church where she helps with the activities for children, and she also helps at dancing to teach some of the younger dancers. On top of this Emma volunteers with Tesco in the community selling raffle tickets and second hand items for charity, collecting for the food bank, baking for bake sales, and helping to organise free activities for children in the community.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
Gary Russel who is the second goalie for the Scottish EIHL team, Braehead Clan is inspiring because even although he is the second goalie for the Clan he has stayed with them for several years, and remains loyal and committed despite not getting much ice time. He is also highly respected by the team and the fans, and considering that he works for the police his loyalty is outstanding.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The education opportunities are great. At school there are many clubs and activities available to us. There are also lots of places to visit, most of these free. For example People’s palace and the transport museum are great places to go during the school holidays.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like the older generation to know that not all young people are rude, and disrespectful. I think this is important because the stereotype of a young person only applies a minority group of trouble makers and not every young person.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
I am proud of overcoming my medical phobia which I was diagnosed with when I was younger and I had to go through a year of psychology. In this year I achieved many great things that I never thought I would be able to do, and now although I will always have a phobia, I have decided to challenge myself and take biology as one of my subjects.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I would like to do well in my exams, and get a place in University. I would love to become a Primary teacher when I am older, and then I could help other children to learn, and make a difference to other young people’s lives.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would tell them to never give up, and keep trying to achieve your goals. I would also say to get involved in as many extra curricular activities as possible as I have found that activities such as Duke of Edinburgh have improved my confidence, and benefited me in many ways.

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