I am in my 5th year of high school and am working towards my exams in May. This year is really tough and is a lot of work but I’m really enjoying the challenge and seeing how much I can push myself. I am studying Maths, English, Art, Engineering and Graphics at Higher level, and hope to use these to help me get into a Product Design course at University. In my free time I love to paint and be creative. At the weekends I love doing karate and teaching a class for students. During the summer I had the amazing opportunity to do some work experience for the company Trtl. I made so many great friends and learned so much from everyone there.
Which young Scot inspires you?
The young Scot who inspires me is definitely my older brother, Perry. He’s currently at university in Edinburgh and is hoping to do a PhD. He inspires me in his work ethic and attitude, encouraging me to keep going even when things get tough. He always finds a way to learn something from every experience and has a thirst for knowledge which really motivates me.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
One of the best things about growing up in Scotland is its beautiful scenery, it’s so green and there are lots of different historical as well as modern sites to see. We are also so lucky to have such a good education system and continuous support for those that want to go to university or do apprenticeships.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would love if those from older generations would know that our voices and opinions matter, many of the decisions that older generations make are going to impact myself and every other young person for the rest of our lives. The choices that we make aren’t always about the here and now but what is to come and how this will impact our futures. Listen to us and hear our opinions.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement of right now is my exam results. I did really well in my exams and I put in a lot of time to study, so it was nice that it paid off. This has inspired me to keep working to get the grades I need for university. I remember coming back from a very early flight, sitting in Glasgow Airport refreshing my email, absolutely terrified of what I would find, but in the end I was so relieved and proud of myself.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future I would love to become a Product Design Engineer. I have been interested in product design and engineering for a very long time so that is definitely something I’d love to get into. Eventually I want to try and start my own business as leadership and teamwork is something I really enjoy. I want to bring a positive change to the world, whether it be big or small I want to make a difference in people’s lives.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
I would tell young people living in Scotland to take every opportunity you can get, put yourself out there and get involved. Whether it be work experience, clubs or leadership opportunities there is always room to learn and grow. You can gain something from everyone push yourself out of your comfort zone. It may absolutely terrify you, but take the chance if you can, face your fears, because you’ll feel so proud once you’ve done it. By living like this I have built my confidence and am proud to say I have experienced so many amazing opportunities.
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