Public eye: Cameron Green, 17

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Cameron Green, 17

Cameron Green, 17 Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein


49th St at Fifth Ave

Braving the bikes?
Yeah, I’m here visiting.

Australia?
Yep, I’m here with my mum, dad and my brother—from Sydney.

How’s the trip so far?
Great. We’ve been on bikes the whole time.

That’s pretty badass; a lot of New Yorkers can’t deal with Manhattan on a bike.
There was one close call with a cabdriver who cut us off, but otherwise everything was pretty much okay.

I’m sure he was just trying to give you an authentic New York experience. What else have you done?
Let’s see. One day we went down to Ground Zero, we went on the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty, we rode around Central Park, we did heaps of shopping, we went up in the Empire State

And it’s all been everything you expected and more?
Pretty much. I thought it would be smaller, actually. I didn’t realize how tall the buildings were going to be.

What do you do in Sydney?
I’m year 11 in school. I play tennis and I want to go to college in America and maybe get a scholarship. We came here to look at colleges and have a holiday. I want to go to Miami or maybe Pepperdine.

Have you perfected your serve-scream?
[Laughs] Yeah, um, I don’t really scream. It’s more of a grunt. I don’t like the Sharapova style of tennis.

It would be one way to make an impression on the Pepperdine coaches, anyway.
But it gets a bit annoying after a while.

True. So how do your parents feel about being ditched for college halfway around the world?
Mum’s sad, and Dad really doesn’t show emotion, so I don’t know. I think they also think it would be a great opportunity.

Is this your first time here?
Yes.

And you’re already committing to it?
Yeah. I love America. I love the size, and the people are really nice. They’re not, like, shy or anything.

You Australians have a reputation for being outgoing and friendly too.
Yeah, but Americans are better, I reckon.

Is that code for “the girls are hotter”?
Ummm. Probably. [Laughs]

More from Cameron

“We’re here for three weeks. We go to Miami, Vegas, San Francisco and L.A.


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