Catriona completed her BMus Hons degree in Music at Edinburgh Napier University. During her time at uni, she completed two teaching modules which which gave her experience teaching pupils one-on-one and also work experience in a high school. Since graduating in 2016, Catriona has been teaching private lessons at a music school run by Napier University, and has been getting more school work experience in a school for children with additional support needs in Glasgow. Catriona is now getting ready to start her PGDE degree at the University of Edinburgh in August 2018.
Which young Scot inspires you?
The young people that inspire me to teach are my pupils. I felt nervous about starting my high school teaching experience at a school for children with additional support needs. I was worried that I would come across as clueless when starting my lessons, not knowing anyone’s names, not knowing how to teach pupils of different abilities. But these children have made teaching a joy and a very educational experience.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is the nature. We are passionate about the environment both environmentally and socially. We naturally care about each other and want to make the country and world at whole a better place. People are friendly and considerate, we want to live peacefully and create a better future for everyone through care and education.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Young people are not lazy. We work hard and passionately want to be able to support ourselves. It is hard to do this with many courses offering unpaid full-time placements, along with the increasing cost of houses, rent, and food. There is a struggle to get by on our own, and our voices need to be heard in elections about this.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement in life is overcoming fear and insecurities about becoming a teacher. It’s a daunting thought of going in front of a class of 30 teenagers and talking about classical music. You have to learn to inspire, engage, make the lessons fun, and to make an impact on a pupil’s life. To get to know them as individuals and show them that they can achieve.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would love to pass my PGDE exams and placements. Following that, I will have a probation year in a high school in Scotland where I will be assessed on how I cope teaching a class on my own. From this I would love to achieve a full time teaching position in a school, my dream job.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Don’t feel like you have to stay in the same place with the same people. Life starts when you push yourself and experience new things. Go to a new place, talk to new people, do what you enjoy and don’t let anyone hold you down. Think about what’s important to you in your life and work for it.
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