MEET: Stella

Interview of Stella Collins by Alice Fairweather

Hi Stella, how old are you?

I’m 14 years old.

What’s your star sign?

I’m a Pisces!

Where do you call home?

Canberra, Australia.

What subjects are you enjoying the most at school?

I thoroughly enjoy English and Drama! English has always been a favourite of mine; I love writing and public speaking so it’s a really interesting subject for me. I’ve only started Drama this year but I already love it! It makes me feel more confident, and that I can really relax and just be myself.

Speaking of your love of English, what would you say is your favourite book at the moment?

I certainly have a couple! ‘The Diamond Brothers’ series by Anthony Horowitz; even though it’s a bit of a scary one (I absolutely hate horror), I still really love this series! They are just so wonderful and engaging; I’ve re-read the books so many times. The other would have to be ‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon. It’s a very new book, a classic romantic-comedy, and I absolutely loved it. The movie version of the book is coming out this month, actually!

What else are you really into at the moment? What are some of your hobbies?

Well I’ve actually just started learning to play guitar! I’ve always wanted to do it, so I’m finding it really enjoyable at the moment. Listening to music is probably my biggest hobby! I absolutely love discovering new songs and I find music can always relate to certain things in my life, so it’s definitely a bit of an escape.

You mentioned music is a big part of your life, what are you listening to right now?

Gosh that’s a hard question, so many things! I’ve always loved Shawn Mendes and Milky Chance, but right now I would probably say some Dean Lewis songs and definitely Twenty One Pilots!

What would you say is your dream job?

My dream job would most likely be a journalist! I just love writing stories so much that the idea of being able to create my own articles, or travel the world and write stories, would be such an incredible opportunity.

Could you describe yourself in three words for me?

Cheerful, creative, and uncertain.

What do you love most about being a girl?

I think being a girl is a really incredible thing, I love that I get to be unique and fight for what I want. Girls certainly haven’t had the same rights as boys, so I think to me, being a girl means that you can fight to make a difference, for yourself and others! I just love that I’m a part of that community.

What do you think is hardest about being a girl?

Probably peer-pressure! I mean the pressure to fit in affects everyone, but girls in particular have expectations to basically be perfect, which can be very hard to take, especially for your self-esteem. So I think that is definitely the hardest bit about being a girl!

Is there any person in particular or maybe people, who stand out as an inspiration to you?

As cheesy as it sounds, I would say my mum. She means the world to me; she’s created a family, has a good job, and helps me out whenever she can. To me, she’s basically superwoman, and I wouldn’t be who I am without her.

Finally, if you could meet any person in the world, who would it be?

I think maybe Emma Watson. I have always thought of her as such an incredible person! She has an acting career, but is also working for organisations like UN Women that supports and fights for girls all over the world! She truly is such an amazing person, and I really admire her for that.

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Alice Fairweather

Alice Fairweather is a slightly sassy Scorpio who loves cats, comfy jumpers, and cheese. She is currently living in the ‘burbs of Brunswick, studying media & film full time, while struggling to be a real adult part-time. Alice divides her attention between annoying her friends with pointless BuzzFeed quizzes, and consuming far too many TV shows on Netflix. She hopes to one day create meaningful art, while taking life advice from her mum, Lena Dunham, and Clueless.

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