When I was in sixth form I was already quite interested in the things I’m interested in now. I cared about the world and wanted to make a difference. I was a bit on the earnest side, maybe a bit grim and worthy – I probably took everything, including myself, a bit too seriously. A bit like the way some people perceive me now. But it’s not true now – I’m much more fun these days. This interview finds me at the right moment in my life.
At 16 I was preoccupied with GCSEs, though I was regarded as quite a naughty girl. I certainly wasn’t the teacher’s favourite. I think now I’d be able to say to my younger self that that had a lot to do with being the only black girl in the class. That shaped the way the teacher looked at me. It took me years to understand that. I’d definitely tell my younger self not to worry so much about not being a size six, not looking like Twiggy and not having waist-length blonde hair.
At 16 I was living in Athens, and I was really working hard at school. I was a very focused teenager, full of hope about going to Cambridge. I knew nothing about it except what I’d seen in a photograph in a magazine but from that I fell in love. I went off to the UK after taking my exams – it was a long journey and I was nervous, not knowing if I would be able to get into Cambridge. My mother was the only person who completely supported me.
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