It took me a brisk 20 minute walk to reach Springfield Library for this week's interview.
I was quickly whisked away from the main library and into the office of Adam "Shaggy" Knapp where my questioning could be observed by Adam's supervisor Suzanne. I've always liked a bit of an audience.
Adam, 23, lives in Medway and is currently working towards an NVQ qualification in Customer Services. I know only too well how demanding this can be after recently completing a Level 2 Business Adminstration NVQ myself in the summer. His role at Kent Arts and Libraries is an Apprentice and despite his first impression that he would be a 'Tea Maker', he has found himself taking on multimedia type jobs and various challenging roles in his time with Springfield Library to help him work towards his qualification.
Although Adam works and has a portfolio to complete, he still has time to persue other interest including a second job as a professional video gamer.
"I have recently come back from a gaming event in North Carolina, USA. I was competing against over 1,000 gamers and I finished 6th overall which I was extremely pleased with."
He said that Kent was great due to the people and the scenery.
"I have to put a word out for all the Kent Arts and Libraries People. They've been fantastic to me during my time here and I would like to give them a special mention."
I don't know if he was hoping to get extra credit for his NVQ from Supervisor but I admire his attempt.
Adam's favourite eating spot in Kent is Ed's Diner at Bluewater Shopping Centre.
"It has great food but the best thing they have is the malt shakes."
I must say I can recommend a peanut butter maltshake, it's pretty awesome. Next time you are up at Bluewater, give it a try. You will not be disappointed.
I was surprised that Adam could fit anything else in what with his Apprenticeship, his day job and his gaming job, but like most of us, he can manage to find time to kick back and watch some TV and movies.
"I love Scrubs, I basically watch it every day. If we're looking at movies, I'd say Avatar is worth a watch ."
Adam highly recommends this film, although he has warned against viewers getting carried away with the 3D trend.
"I like 3D but have you noticed it is always described as amazing 3D or mind blowing 3D yet never eye straining 3D."
Fair statement but I think it may be the way of the future for a lot of entertainment based projects.
Now I have come across some great stories whilst writing this blog but Adam's has to be up there with them as one of the funniest. It has a feel of the TV show 'Skins' to it.
"I used to attend the University of Portsmouth and on my first night out I went on a pub crawl with about 150 - 175 random students. After a few drinks, we ended up on the sea front, trying to attract ferries by shouting out to them. It was a bit random but all good fun of course."
"The following morning, I woke up on the beach alone in just my pants! You cannot imagine the looks I was given as I was trying to navigate my way back to my halls of residence. As I was heading back to my room, an older man passed me and just smirked as I hastily passed him."
"When I had my induction a few days later, I was shocked to find that the man was infact my tutor!"
Despite his sincerity, I could not keep a straight face.
I think this has to be told to many people and using my blog to do so is a great way to start. Great story Adam! (Suzanne, his supervisor, couldn't resist a chuckle either).
Moving on to save him any further embarrassment, I asked him how he would make Kent a better place.
"I think there needs to be more opportunities for teenagers aged between 14-18. I think they are overlooked and should be given better funding so they can participate in social activities."
"I think more guidance and support is crucial. I used to attend a youth club which was great but unfortunately due to lack of funding it is no longer running. Injecting money into things like that would be great for youngsters and I would encourage anything along the same lines."
I could see Adam was explaining that this age group is stereotyped and subjected to being 'anti social'. His idea to dedicate more time to them is a great suggestion.
Adam was itching to get off to his halloween party so I didn't want to keep him any longer. He was going with a friend dressed as Jedi Knights and I could feel the 'Force' pushing me out the door. (Sorry, lame joke!).
I managed to ask him my random question of the week though.
If you could play any character / role in a movie, who would it be and why?
"It has to be Han Solo from Star Wars just because he is the epitome of cool."
All in all, Adam has a great character and a fantastic humourous side. It was great chatting with him and I wish him the best of luck with his NVQ.
Happy Halloween to the people of Kent and I'll update you next week on what another member of the public is up too.
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