Day 246- Kaitlyn, 18, Aberdeen

Kaitlyn works part time in a fast food restaurant and is aiming to attend college again to do socials sciences which she did last year. She volunteers sometimes in her spare time as well.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scot that inspires me is my older sister. She is two years older than me and suffers from chronic fatigue which means that she is very easily tired and sleeping can’t always relieve it. However that has never stopped her from being herself and she has the most amazing personality as she is so caring and loving and cares so much about others.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland is how beautiful it is. Scotland is so beautiful, from the countryside and woodlands, to the cities and the beaches, everywhere is just so amazingly beautiful. Even the rain that seems to be always falling just seems to enhance Scotland’s beauty.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would most like people from older generations to know that young people of today are raised differently than they were. I feel that people from older generations can sometimes judge us by comparing us to when they were younger but times have changed. I can’t say it is for the better or worse but things have definitely changed in how we grow up.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
I feel that my biggest achievement to date is just being where I am today and being happy. I have managed to over come some bad times and also managed to meet some great people. I have made mistakes and I have been involved in great things. But my ups and downs got me here and I am happy and I made it this far.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I would most like to achieve my career goal of working with teenagers and more specifically of working as a pupil support worker in a secondary school as someone who is there to listen to young people and try and effect some positive change in their lives.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
The advice I would like to give young people in Scotland is to just be yourself. It doesn’t matter where you come from, what you wear or how you talk, everyone has a place on this planet and if you just be yourself you can be so happy.


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