I am Wing, I am a final year law student at the University of Aberdeen. I have been a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament since I was 15 in 2013. I used to represent Edinburgh Central but since moving for university, I now represent Aberdeen Central. I used to work for my family business of Chinese restaurants and continued to do so until half way through school. Even beyond then, I did work during summers as waitresses in hotels or promoters of a club. At the moment, I also volunteer for many organisations and NGOs such as SYP, Young Scot or the United Nations House in Edinburgh. I am one of the YOYP Ambassador this year.
Which young Scot inspires you?
All the young people in Scotland inspire me. The reason for this is because they are confident at such a young age and are so willing to speak and voice out their opinions on their take in recent world events or policies that the government proposes. It’s incredibly encouraging for me to see that my generation is reaching out and adamantly voicing their opinions and that in my opinion is so amazing and special, and especially in other parts of the world, this is perceived as a privilege rather than a right.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
In my view, the best thing about growing up in Scotland is the multitude of opportunities and resources that are offered to us since we were born. This is particularly the case especially in regard to free education all the way to higher education or free health care or living wage standards. I am incredibly proud to be Scottish and call myself a “Scottish bairn”. I am incredibly blessed every day that I grew up in a country where people are genuine to one other, people that will help one another as well as stay united in a country. This country is so inclusive and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is a wonderful place to grow up in, to be so safe from wars and to be able to live here peacefully whilst being able to achieve me dreams.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I want older generations that it is incredibly important to value young people and help young people to evolve into the leaders of tomorrow. In Scotland, generally speaking, we have a very inclusive society but older people needs to understand that young people can contribute to the decisions that are made, whether its small or big decisions, we can offer our perspective; together, we could work together and achieve towards a brighter Scotland for everyone. Young people are incredibly talented and they are the ones that will lead Scotland towards even more opportunities and horizons and the way to do that is if the older generation offered to give them advice and guidance along the way and truly work together.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I don’t think any one single achievement is what I’m proud of. I am proud of the series of things that I have achieved; whether that is being able to get into law school, or being elected three times consecutively to the Scottish Youth Parliament or being able to become ambassadors of many different organisations. What I find most rewarding is my ability in being able to better the lives of young people in my community; especially when I am able to bring forward the issues that affect them in their everyday life. I pride on the fact that I was there to offer support, provide advice and share ideas during the key historic moments in Scottish history, namely the Scottish Independence Referendum as well as the Brexit Referendum. To some, the results may not have been desirable, but we should all be proud of the amount of engagement that was reached throughout the whole country.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would like to finish my law degree at university before pursuing a legal training contract in London. Hopefully after working for a few years in the legal industry, I hope to join the civil service in order to give back to my country, especially in Scotland in relation to all the free education and health care that I have received. I also plan to continue to serve young people or my local community either through my everyday work or voluntary work, with organisations such as the Scottish Youth Parliament or Young Scot. I also hope to travel the world if I have some spare time and tick off a couple more countries and expand my horizons. Another aspiration that I have is to also try and obtain a pilot’s license as well as skydiving.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
If there is one thing that I would tell them, that would be, to keep striving, keep motivated, keep being determined and keep being hungry – be it hungry for success, hungry for learning, hungry for the desire to achieve for a brighter future. We are all young and this is the perfect time for all of us to strive and try to reach our dreams, anything is possible, it is all about our mentality and it’s important to have a positive mind-set. What determines us is not our grades or our achievements or who we know but whether or not we are willing to work hard for what we truly desire.
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