I am a member of Communic18 Culture Group and I have been in involved in lots of co-design for events during the year of young people 2018 as well as helping decide what projects received funding.
Which young Scot inspires you?
I think it would have to be Lewis MacDougall. He has achieved so much at a young age and has had some personal tragedy to cope with. And is just an inspirational young person, I think all Young Scots would realise how much they can achieve if they believe in themselves.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The scenery and history interests me and old Scottish tales and poets that are the traditional Scottish ways that are just very fascinating. I like this because it really captures what it means to be Scottis. Oh and I love the tablet and potato scones too!
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
That they need to listen as young people grow up and to consider their points of view. Just because we are young doesn’t mean we can’t contribute to things happening. The future needs us to make a difference and can lead to a better society.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Making a new friend at school recently because I usually stick with my normal friends. Some of my classmates and I got through to the final of a Circular Economy Dragons Den event. We didn’t win but it was still a great team!
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would like to visit Italy more because I love everything about it. The food, the weather and the shopping! Maybe I will learn Italian and move there in the future, mmm….just imagine the ice cream I could have in every flavour.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Sometimes a few steps backwards can mean numerous steps forward. Something that feels bad can turn out to lead to greater things in the future. It’s also good to challenge ourselves and try out new things even when we are scared.
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