Day 325- Shannon, 18, Cumbernauld

I have just studying English and Spanish at Stirling University. I am in 1st year and I am a finalist in the YS Awards 2018.


Which young Scot inspires you?
The young scots that have really inspired me recently are all the other young scot awards nominees. Reading about them all once the nominees were announced was incredible. On a more personal level, the young scot that inspires me more and more every day is my daughter Brooke. I still don’t know how a three year old has the power to make me smile every day. She is my motivation.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing, for me, about growing up in Scotland is the education and the support that is given to young people through the education system. I had an amazing experience with education and will forever be grateful for that. However, another thing that I appreciate greatly is the healthcare in Scotland. I understand everyone is not as lucky to have the NHS and we are. I feel so appreciative to be able to have somewhere to turn to when in need whether it be for myself of my daughter.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like to share the point that all young people are different and experience many different situations. I have experienced a lot of judgement from members of the older generations and I hope that I can prove that young people are strong and able, even more so with the support from other generations.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
A few things come to mind when I think of my biggest achievements. Academically, I am so proud of winning the Scottish review’s ‘Scottish School’s young writer of the year award’. My winning piece was written about my experience of having my daughter, who will always be my greatest achievement. The way she grows into an amazing person more and more each day makes me so proud. My article also raised awareness for young parents and the challenges we face and provided me with a lot of incredible opportunities, like radio appearances etc, which I am also thankful for.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would love to travel in the future and to be able to share new experiences with my daughter. I would especially like to visit and live in Spain as I would love to be fluent in the language and go on to become a teacher to share my language skills and experiences with others. My dream career is to teach, to be able to help and support young people just like I was supported.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
A piece of advice I would like to give to young people is to work hard and ignore others who try to tell you cannot achieve your dreams. Many people told me that I would not get an education and get into university after having my daughter. I done it. I didn’t listen to other people’s negative opinions and I am now at university.

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