I’m Mollie, I’m 15 and I live in beautiful small town called Alness in the Highlands. I’m in 5th year at Alness academy and I’m currently studying Higher English, French, Physics, History and Chemistry. I have a passion for helping others, which is why I want to dedicate my life to teaching, a job where I think I could do the most good. I started my volunteering path four years ago just dancing in our schools Rock Challenge team which led to me getting involved in all types of projects like youth forum, highland youth parliament, guides and pretty much everything else. Most importantly I’m lucky enough to be part of Communic18, the co-design champions for the Year of Young People which has led me to some amazing places.
Which young Scot inspires you?
I have met some absolute astounding young people this year through all the amazing opportunities I’ve been given. Rachael Tidmore has inspired me to be my best self no matter what. I have watched my best friend Razannah achieve the most phenomenal feats this year and i couldn’t be prouder to have been by her side the whole time. Even my sister, Abbie inspires me as day by day she’s trying to make her dreams her reality.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
The best thing about living in Scotland is that everywhere feels like home. Even when I’m a hundred miles away from the Highlands, everyone is kind, accepting and I’m proud to live in such an amazing country. We also have the most breath taking views imaginable.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I think that many older people have their own perceptions of young people which aren’t coherently positive or negative but just are not really how we see ourselves. We just need to continue the mutual respect between generations and let the older people know that they should care about our thoughts and opinions as much as we do theirs.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement is that I earned my tang soo soo black belt. It is the amazing thing to finally have it after working hard for nearly 6 years. My black belt to me is the accumulation of years of progress, learning and growth and it’s something I will always treasure.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
In the future, I would love to go to university to study English and possibly French depending on how exams go this year. I would love to spend a lot of time travelling and experience new cultures as it’s always been a goal of mine. I would also like to learn to drive but I simply want to be happy.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
My message to young people would be to go outside your comfort zone even if it’s a small thing it’s can help your confidence so much in the long haul. I’ve pushed myself so much in the last year and I’ve grown as a person so much. I would also say be kind because you never know how much a little compliment can improve someones day.
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