Name: Stephanie Heather Fulton Age: 19 City/Country: Sydney, Australia Star sign: Libra I'm a bit shy when I first meet people, but once I get talking, I'm more outgoing. I've just finished a Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Arts degree. I used to spend two to three hours a day on school work. My university life was laid back, but studying was hard work - engineering is a difficult degree. I had plenty of group assignments and homework. It's helpful to work in groups as you get to tackle problems together. In my free time, I used to hang out with my friends at university. On Friday or Saturday nights we would go to the city or to a friend's house. Sydney is a relatively small city but it's always busy. The harbour is a particularly popular spot. The air is fairly clean and it's open compared to other cities of a similar size. Summer is hot and dry, while it's cool and rains a little in winter. Autumn and spring are in between - nothing too extreme. I love the sunshine. If you've never been to Australia, you should go to Sydney (not that I'm biased), and the beach - the Sunshine Coast - is the best place for sea and sand. I play the violin weekly in a youth orchestra. I also teach violin to young children. I love classical music, and my favourite composer is Dvorak. For my last holiday, I went to Tasmania and we drove around and ate lots of good food. I live at home with my mum, grandmother and sister. I see my dad every second week - he lives close by. I have a good relationship with my family. We talk a lot. My mum and grandma take turns to cook each night. My mum cooks everything, from roasts to risotto, spaghetti to lamb chops. My grandma cooks Chinese food, such as soup, and lots of Malaysian dishes. I only cook when my mum or grandma is out. If the house is messy, I tidy it. It's my job to clean my room and the bathroom. I wear boring clothes - anything that's comfortable. In summer, I usually put on a skirt, comfortable shoes and a singlet top. In winter, I generally wear jeans. I buy most of my clothes, but if I go shopping with my mum, she buys me a few things. I don't get any pocket money. I teach violin to two students and also teach maths every week to make money. I don't have a hero, but I admire people who have been through many challenges in life and still come out on top. I don't watch a lot of sport, but if I did, my first choice would be soccer because I understand the rules. I think I want to be an engineer or a musician in the future, but I haven't decided yet. Australia is a multicultural place, so there are lots of festivals. The only one I really celebrate is Lunar New Year, when we go to a restaurant or a relative's home and eat lots of good food and exchange red packets. If you want to make friends with teens from other countries, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Young Post will forward all e-mails to Stephanie.