Jasper – Student

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What are you studying?
Music. But I really don’t like it and I really want to change.
Is this you first year?
Yeah. I just went to orientation day and I really didn’t like it. I Didn’t like the people, it just wasn’t for me. I went today for a bit but… I am actually skipping right now!
You have a great Afro going on!
Thanks, I just had corn-rows and I took them out and my hair was so big! I was like “I’m just going to go with this.” It’s really nice to feel and it’s like and extra cushion at night. You feel?
What’s your background?
My dad’s from West Africa in Sierra Leone and my mum’s from Australia. They both went to University in London and that’s where they met. Then they had me and we moved over here when I was 7.
You said you’ve been in Australia since you were seven, have you faced much racism?
Yeah quite a bit. There were times when it was bad but now it’s mostly fine. I feel like now most people my age are just cool with it and race doesn’t bother them. I guess there’s been certain cases but… If it does happen I just don’t pay attention to it.
What are you most looking forward to right now?
I guess the years ahead and not knowing what’s going to happen and to see where life takes me. That’s pretty exciting.
Do you have any big regrets?
When I was 14 I was worried what people thought of me and that I had to fit in and be a certain way. I wish could tell myself back then to let it go, not worry about it and to just be yourself. If I could my life would have been very different.
Melbourne quick q&a
Favourite cafe:
Chloe’s on Waverley Road.
Favourite restaurant:
Oriental tea house in Prahan.
Favourite bar:
I must have 3! Section 8, Liberty Social and new Guernica. They are all equally awesome.
Favourite thing to do in Melbourne:
I love going bush doofing! They are little parties that happen around the city and sometimes a little bit out. You meet the most amazing people there.
Hidden gem in Melbourne:
St.Kilda. I love the whole place and the vibe there. I would show them Luna Park and the beach. I love Luna Park.

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