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Last updated 15:14 23/05/2011

Youthful enthusiasm: Paige Gilmore, 16, is a typical teenager who loves earning extra money with an after-school job. She says it improves her social life, because she can afford to go out more.

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Paige Gilmore, 16 - Marlborough Girls' College

Q1.The three words that best describe me are ... fun, friendly and patient.

Q2. It's a bit uncool, but I love ... eating Macca's chips and icecream.

Q3. In five years, I'd love to be ... shopping in France or London.

Q4. Would you like to live in Marlborough after finishing school?

A. No. Marlborough is too small and I've lived here for 16 years and would really like to live somewhere new, even if it's just for a bit. I might come back and settle down in the distant future. It's hard to say.

Q5. What is one thing adults really need to know about teenagers today?

A. We do actually know what we're doing, believe it or not. I sometimes feel that adults think we are stupid, but really we know what is right and what is wrong. We can make decisions.

Q6. You mentioned you have an after-school job at a supermarket. Tell us what your tasks include and how you go about balancing work, social and school life.

A: I mainly keep the shelves stocked and looking beautiful. I also work the checkout when required.

I love the extra money, it has meant that I can improve my social life as I can afford to go out with my friends. I still find time to manage school well and still have spare time.

Q7. So, tell us about your spare time. What does Paige Gilmore do to wind down away from work and school?

A. To relax I enjoy watching television or sitting down and reading a good book or hanging out with friends. We like to catch up on the gossip and find out what has been happening around our friends' circle.

Q8. You used to play netball and you like to stay active. Is it important being fit and healthy, and how do you maintain that?

A. Very. I keep fit and enjoy biking with my friends to school at least once a week and going for fun bike rides, too. I also like to go for walks with my dog and also shop a lot, but does that count?

Q9. What was your most embarrassing moment?

A. It would have to be when I was just getting into my car on a really hot day. I forgot to leave a window down and so I wound down all of the windows. I then turned the key, and when I did that, the radio commercial for erectile dysfunction came on really loud and there were people walking past giving me some really funny looks. Wow, that was embarrassing.

Q10. So, I guess being in year 12 means end-of-year exams? How are you finding that and are you likely to stay on for year 13?

A. Yes, I definitely plan to stay on for year 13. Not just because of the formal but also to help me get a head start on the course I want to take at uni – early childhood teaching. I really like being in year 12, as I have taken classes that I am passionate about and it is a great time to socialise (but, not in class of course).

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- The Marlborough Express


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