I am a law student at Dundee University, currently in my 2nd year. Along my studies can be time consuming, I find to get away from them somewhat with my role on the Dundee University Law Society committee as Social Secretary – this incorporates my studies with some extracurricular fun blending my studious side with my creative. Within my capacity as social secretary, I have the opportunity to fundraise for various charities and organisations, most recently Dundee Foodbank. In terms of volunteering, I participated in the Saltire Award as well as the Caritas. Currently, I am volunteering with the SYG and in the summer of 2019 I will travel to Lourdes, France as part of my volunteering activities.
Which young Scot inspires you?
A young Scot that inspires me is Mhairi Black MP. Scrolling on twitter years ago, I noticed a video of Mhairi’s maiden speech in Parliament which had gone viral. Watching the video as many others did, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the passion and charisma she had displayed – the fact that she was only 20 at the time as well as being a university student only added to this. It really hit home just how many opportunities there are for young people in Scotland and that nothing is off limits for us.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
There are so many things I love about growing up in Scotland, from the ability to access healthcare free of charge when I need it or the fact that I am able to study something I love without the burden of having to pay for it. Having said that, if I had to choose one thing, it would be the respect that is shown towards young people. We are able to play an active role in shaping the country we live in through the Scottish Youth Parliament. We can pursue our career paths through so many routes and with relative ease, not having to worry about our financial situations. It is so important that we protect the opportunities we give young people and continue to show respect because in the end it will be reciprocated.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
What I would like people from older generations to know about young people is that we are just as determined and driven as they were when they were young. We are going to be the future workers in Scotland driving the economy as we progress over the next few decades, it is vital that our concerns on various matters are taken seriously and listened to – many decisions will affect us for most of our working lives.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
No one achievement is greater than another in my opinion, all accomplishments should be celebrated. However, some achievements of mine that stand out to me include being selected to represent Scotland (and the UK) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France as part of the annual Euroscola event at the age of 17. I had the opportunity to meet other young people from across Europe representing their countries and heard of how different life is for them compared to mine. Additionally, I got to improve my French greatly (which I had studied at school). Besides this, being accepted into University at 17 to study law was another great achievement, it’s one I take great pride in.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
Ultimately, my aspiration in life is to use the knowledge and skills I have to help others around me, including both people in Scotland and the wider world. With a keen interest in family law, international law and human rights law, my goal would be to pursue one of those fields and help improve lives. Away from my career goals, I would love to travel to as many places as possible and experience other cultures. At home, I have a love for hillwalking and would love to climb every Monroe in Scotland – though this might be just a little time consuming!
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
My advice to other young people in Scotland would be to know their self-worth, to know that they are capable of doing anything they want in life if they put their mind to it and work hard for it. We can get distracted by social media these days and get caught up in an often false reality but it’s important to remember that ,away from that world, we can make a real impact.
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