Martin is a Student of History and Politics at the University of Aberdeen. Martin also has a part-time job, and does volunteering as both Chair of Aberdeen City Youth Council and is a Year of Young People Ambassador!
Which young Scot inspires you?
There are so many to choose from! I would probably say that the friends I have made, and work with, through my voluntary roles are pretty inspiring. They do so much to ensure that the views of their peers- community-based and otherwise- are heard, and make it so fun and engaging!
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Support in education. I am now well into my University studies, but there are so many amazing people who guided and nurtured me through secondary school studies, particularly the teachers who (regardless of subject) wanted the absolute best for me and wanted me to enjoy the process of growing-up and gaining my qualifications. From what I hear on a daily basis, this is not uncommon, and is a real credit.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
It’s easy to forget that everyone was young once! However, being a Young Person now compared to then is so different, with different challenges, different expectations and different opportunities. As someone with an interest in social history, it’s these messages that I feel would make generations closer, and would allow for rich and amazing conversations and friendships to take place!
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I don’t feel I can quantify one particular “proudest achievement”. To me, there are so many little achievements, little decisions that I have made, that have meant that I can make the most of opportunities as they come. I am so proud of my qualifications and choices there, but also to have joined groups where I have made so many friends. It’s the little things that go a long way!
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My passion for History and Politics came about in Secondary School, after being inspired by the teachers who taught me. To see their passion for the subjects is amazing, and I have grown to have that same passion. I’d like to do something with my degree intention, whether it be entering the world of politics, or trying to change the way we see history and politics, academically or otherwise.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
There are so many opportunities and support out there, and in YoYP even more so! Getting involved in them is the best and the skills and friends you make along the way are long-lasting and valuable beyond words. Don’t be afraid to get involved, to speak out, to think, dream and plan big!
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