Day 198- Orla, 13, Edinburgh

Orla is at school, in S2.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
My mum inspires me because when she has cancer she stayed strong and never gave up she Always tried to do her average amount of steps everyday even when she had a sore leg or a sore anything and that is why my mum is my inspiration

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is that everybody here is so friendly and loving also most of the kids are really nice and in my school there’s no bullying, well at least in my year. There’s also a lot of places to go like cinemas leisure centres and parks

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
That we all are good and can have fun without our phones but some of the older generation don’t think we can. Me and my friend go to the park a lot without our phones and we have fun. We also can have sleepovers without our phones and talk fine.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
I have a fear of heights I can’t deal with them but when I was in benmore (outdoor activity centre) we went abseiling and rock climbing. We practiced on these indoor walls for a while then we went to a massive quarry and we climbed up it, when we got to the top we had the choice to abseil down it or walk down the hill I chose to abseil

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I want to become a criminal lawyer because I think it would make my family proud and also I really want to be one. The studying and school are going to be really hard but I am ready for it and dedicated to putting all my effort in and getting the right qualifications.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Don’t do drugs and don’t do anything stupid high school is hard for EVERYONE to get through but once your through it it’s over and done with and it’s only 4-6 years of your life. Try your best in school and you will succeed in life.

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