Day 197- Caitlin, 18, Brora

I currently in the final months of studying HNC Sound Production at North Highland College, UHI before hopefully going to study at the University of Stirling in September. I work as a waitress in the Royal Marine Hotel in Brora part time and have done for the last couple of years. I’m on the Executive Committee of the Highland Youth Parliament and work closely with my Youth Development Officer to make the local Youth Forum more involved and engaged in their local areas. I am also a Year of Young People Ambassador and have started working with schools and groups in my Brora and Sutherland to help people understand what is going on this year. For a full rundown of all my ambassador work, this year please see anxiouscatalystblogs. I volunteer in many local groups in Brora, the main one being Brora Carnival Week, where this year I have added in some YoYP2018 events for the young people.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
My very good friend Helen Ross is one of my biggest inspiration in life! She has been through so much for only being 18 but she gets through everything with a smile and is the kindest person you will ever meet. She has helped me build my confidence and helped me get through everything but I’m so very proud of her!

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland honestly has to be the fact that nobody understands our accent but especially our twitter accounts, hahah. In all seriousness, it is the sense of how much respect young people receive from organisations and the government, especially with free university education and giving 16-year-olds the right to vote. Growing up in Scotland has made me feel empowered and responsible for my future.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Young people aren’t all lazy people who don’t ever want to get a job or leave home. We care about more than our appearance and going out and doing drugs and getting drunk. We want to work alongside the older generations instead of being treated like children.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement? I think I have two. The first being getting offers from universities for courses that I never thought I stood a chance for, and as no one in my family has gone to uni before me. The second one is getting elected into Exec for HYP and do multiple public speaking events because when I first joined HYP I couldn’t even stand in front of a crowd.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future, I want to graduate university and go into radio or TV production. But when I finish education I really want to learn to speak fluent Italian and live in Italy or France for a little while. I visited Italy in 2013 and the country has always been fascinating to me.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Work hard! If you think opportunities are going to fall into your lap then you are far from the truth. But I have faith that you will do amazing things no matter who you are in you just put your mind to it. I believe everyone is capable to do great things if they keep going about don’t give up at every hurdle.

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