Day 353- Catriona, 13, Stirling

I’m an S2 at McLaren High School, Callander, where I’m involved in many clubs, campaigns and committees. I also volunteer with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park in their youth committee and Junior Rangers programme.

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Which young Scot inspires you?
The Young Scot which inspires me is Mhairi Black, who became the youngest MP ever in 2015. She is an inspiration to me and many others as she has achieved so much at such a young age and was elected while finishing her degree! I’m really interested in politics and the idea of someone only 10 years older than me being in parliament is inspiring.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
To me, the best thing about growing up in Scotland is the accessibility to all. From the free healthcare to paid university fees to pensioners free bus passes, living in Scotland feels like our country has my back. It’s like it truly cares about every individual, young to old.

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I’d like for people from the older generations to remember that ‘young people these days’ are a whole generation of youth. Not every person is the same, and those they disapprove of are so much more than meets the eye, don’t just so harshly so quickly. The problems of this generation are far different from those of theirs, but legitimate problems none the less and are often not visible.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement so far is the social enterprise I set up with my two best friends, called Stop the Stigma. We won a competition, getting £385 to buy the original batch of bags and badges which have our slogan, “Stop The Stigma. Period” on them. Our aim is to expel the stigma and embarrassment over periods. All profits go to a charity called, “The Homeless Period”.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future, I want to make a positive change, in Scotland or further afield. Whatever form that may take, I want to have made an impact on someone or more than one person’s life. Whether it’s a big thing or small, it’d mean a lot to have changed people’s lives. I hope to get a degree in law so I can make a job out of getting justice.

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
The biggest piece of advice I’d give to young people in Scotland (however cheesy it is), is don’t be scared of new things. When you join a club, nobody is judging you. I joined the girls football team last year and it was terrifying at first (I even cried at the first training). But I stuck with it and it’s now the highlight of my week (and I’ve improved heaps).


If Catriona’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!

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