Day 181- Chloe, 18, Irvine

Chloe is currently sitting her last SQA exams as an S6 student and House Captain, before starting University this September. She is involved in a lot of local community work and volunteers as an ambassador for the Year of Young People 2018, a Member of Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) for the Cunninghame South constituency as well as the Convener for the Health & Wellbeing Committee.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
It has to be Mhairi Black, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South. She inspires me as she is the youngest ever MP to be elected, at 20 years old back in 2015. She’s a strong representation of a young person who is determined to advocate for what they believe in, and I admire that.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The people – definitely. There’s never a dull moment at Scottish gigs, and ‘Scottish Twitter’ has the best patter the world has ever seen. I think we have a strong sense of identity in Scotland, which makes us stand out from many other countries.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I’m a firm believer that the “I’ve had it worse” argument is highly damaging. I find this is something older people say, a lot. I don’t doubt it was hard growing up years ago, but that doesn’t take away the fact that it can be difficult growing up in this day in age, too. I feel this is something older generations should know as we need more understanding.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
Probably getting into one of Scotland’s best Universities. With so many struggles in my personal life, volunteering, going about other commitments and keeping up with my studies, I thought it would all become too much and that I wouldn’t be able to make it in – but this gal did it!

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I literally just aspire to be someone who contributes to making the world a better place. I hope my future careers are navigated that way. I think that’s the only achievement that will ever make me feel the sort of fulfilment that’s hard to measure.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Just to be kind, always. There’s so much that people keep hidden, we should be voices for people who can’t use theirs and I just think we should encourage that everyone gives the same level of respect that they themselves would expect to receive; rather than the popularised, “treat others how they treat you.” The easier way is rarely, if not never, the better way!

If Chloe’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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