Nicola is in 6th year of school and is employed part-time in a takeaway restaurant. Nicola also volunteers for the Corseford Scouts with children from the Capability school in Johnstone.
Which young Scot inspires you?
My sister inspires me for always being by my side no matter what. She is smart, funny and caring and always encourages me to reach my goals.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Living in a country that is so diverse and being brought up with a good healthcare service and good education which I am very thankful for. I also love being brought up in the countryside and enjoying the lovely scenery.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would like them to know that there are no limitations to young people’s creativity and that there is a positive future full of new ideas and technology.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Achieving my grade 8 in piano and grade 5 trombone were big achievements. I am also proud of making new friends during a French Exchange last year. I have qualified for the PC Championships in eventing with my pony, Echo, have toured Italy with my school hockey team and won £3000 with XPI for our group’s chosen charity.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I would like to travel the world and volunteer abroad with a charity and children like my sister did in Cambodia for a year. I would love to learn Spanish to meet more people and learn about their different culture and when I am older I would love to sell my artwork and inspire younger people to be creative.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Be yourself and believe in yourself and make every second count in your life as you don’t know what is around the corner.
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