Charli is basically the superwoman in Pymble Ladies’ College. She’s on 13 units for Year 12, is heavily committed to rowing, does ISDA debating, AND manages to have fun. (Last year Charli was on 14 units + Maths Accelerated.)

How on earth do you balance all those commitments?

I love being able to participate in a lot of activities. I’d say the easiest way to be able to balance it all is to take one thing at a time. If you work properly (without distractions), and take everything one at a time I find I’m able to work and finish requirements much more quickly. The easiest way to balance things is to tackle one aspect at a time – and then it all takes much less time anyway since you’re concentrating!

Do you ever feel stressed?

Yes! Normally I deal with that by taking my mind of it – whether that be a TV show, reading, music or finishing what needs to be done.

Wow. Who's your role model?

My role model is Malala Yousafzai, because she’s an incredibly strong and courageous young woman. It is also a reminder to be grateful for the life I have, particularly my education.

Do you think you've ever failed in something?

I try not to believe in failures – sometimes results or circumstances will feel like failures, but hopefully they can all be opportunities to do better, or at least hope it can’t get any worse from there!

A word of advice to younger years?

Don’t get caught in catfights – being nice is so much better than being “cool”
Don’t stress out about anything – you’re 12, chill out, school doesn’t matter yet
Lastly, friends are getting more important – and that’s awesome to have another avenue of support and happiness – but don’t forget your family. If you’re lucky enough to have a loving family, they were there for you before anyone and will stay later than most. Don’t take them for granted!

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