Editorial Panel: Ryan Maher

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Written by Ryan Maher on in Strathclyde and West

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Introducing Ryan Maher, one of our recently appointed Truth About Youth Editorial Panel.

Hi, my name is Ryan Maher from Glasgow and I’m 16 years old and I am in 6th year of school. Being in 6th year of school I have began looking into universities and courses for after leaving. Looking through course after course, they all generally looked for the same thing out with grades. Experience.

Experience is something that I was constantly warned about throughout school and even now. Every morning in school, the teacher would read out the daily bulletin and with it a list of clubs and opportunities. My common conception was that I would get the grades in 5th year and get into university meaning I wouldn’t have to apply for any volunteering or clubs.

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Ryan Maher, 16 from Glasgow

However, after receiving my results for my Highers in 5th year (unfortunately whilst on holiday), my outset changed. It’s not that I was disappointed with my grades, it’s just that after hearing what other people got I realised how hard it would be to get into university. By this point I knew I only wanted to do journalism after school, but I also knew that extra work had to be done to get there.

It wasn’t until I got home and opened up the Sunday Mail newspaper that I noticed an advert for the Truth About Youth Young Editorial Panel. I knew straight away that it would be perfect for helping me to get the perfect sort of experience and luckily for me, after sending a top class e-mail of interest (so I feel anyway), I was picked to part of the panel. Having the chance to work with some of the country’s best newspapers and to have them help you with your writing was something I could not pass up.

On top of the fact that the panel looked to give me great experience and hopefully something extra to add on my uni personal statement, the panels main writing criteria was something I feel strongly about. As a young person myself I know exactly how it feels to be portrayed in such a negative light by certain in the media. So for me to have the chance to try and change the conception that many have towards young people that being we are extremely lazy or selfish was an extra carrot for me to join.

I couldn’t give only one reason for wanting to be part of the Truth About Youth Young Editorial Panel and if it wasn’t for a word limit then I would be able to give countless reasons why. But with sticking to three; my love for journalism, the vital experience the panel will give me and the main writing topic, well, it was enough to swing me.

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