I’m currently working as a volunteer assistant ranger for the Mull and Iona Ranger Service over the summer. We’re responsible for covering South Mull and National Trust for Scotland properties including Iona, Burg and Staffa. I’ve also just graduated from Aberdeen University with a 2:1 BSc degree in Marine Biology.
Which young Scot inspires you?
I’m just inspired by any young person that wants to make a difference and get involved with nature. It’s nice to know of young people that have similar passions to myself, because then we can share experiences and learn from one another.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about growing up in Scotland has been being able to live in a place with such fantastic wildlife and outdoor spaces – nature is a very important part of my life, and it’s a privilege to always have something interesting right on my doorstep.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
That young people care about the planet and are passionate about preserving it. The fact that there’s no ‘Planet B’ is increasing in awareness, and it’s important that older generations know that young people are keen on trying to make a difference in conservation.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
So far my biggest achievement has been completing my Marine Biology honours degree – this has been a goal of mine since a very young age, after being inspired from watching Blue Planet when I was just 4 years old, so it’s nice to finally have completed this and become a qualified Marine Biologist.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I’d like to be involved with marine conservation, and hopefully make a difference. The oceans provide such ecologically important yet unknown environments, but they are increasingly under threat from growing issues such as climate change and pollution. It would mean a lot to be able to spread the awareness of these issues and do all I can to help towards reducing them.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Just go for it. If there’s something you’d like to try, then don’t hesitate and give it a go! You’ll learn something either way – either you don’t enjoy it and move onto something else, or you might find a new obsession that could lead to greater things!
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