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Wolsingham student awaits A level results in Tajikistan
HUNDREDS of teenagers in the region will be tearing open their A-level result envelopes this morning but one must wait until lunchtime - because of the time difference in distant Tajikistan.
Instead of swapping results with friends, 19-year-old Roisin Taylor, from Wolsingham, County Durham, will be logging on at a dingy Tajikistan internet cafe to find out whether her dreams of going to Cambridge University or University College London have come true.
Roison, who already has an A* in Fine Art, is hoping to be awarded an A in English literative and an A* in History so she can read Human, Social and Political sciences at Cambridge or Anthropology at University College London.
As she says in her blog (currently available via the Northern Echo website) most people "looked at me with wide-eyed amazement when I told them I was planning to spend three months volunteering in Tajikistan over the summer."
Roisin, who sat her A-levels at Durham Johnston Comprehensive School in Durham City, is in the former Soviet Central Asian Republic, as a volunteer working with the UK Government-backed International Citizen Service, or ICS, a programme that is tackling poverty in some of the worlds poorest countries.
As she says in her blog: "When the fateful news comes through, I'll probably weep (hopefully with joy) and desperately try to call my parents on my 10 Samsung, hoping to be connected to their wonderful voices."
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