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inhouse highlight - Rose

Nineteen-year-old Rose has come all the way from the United States to spend semester one of 2018 at IHD while studying Chemistry (with a focus on forensics). 

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Rose independently moved to Arizona to attend university. Her eagerness to travel meant it was vital she find an exchange program and location that’s outside of what she’s used to.

“I always knew I wanted to travel and see the world,” Rose said. “After looking at my options, Darwin seemed just right for me.”

“In Arizona, I go to a college with 25,000+ students, so I wanted somewhere I’d be surrounded by nature more than people. Plus, I love the sunshine and the tropics – but I could do without the crocodiles!”

Although Darwin has plenty of sunshine, being so far away from home for the first time presented her with several hurdles.

“It has a been a blessing and a challenge to learn more about myself,” she said. “More so, dealing with personal issues like being alone on higher levels than I’ve ever experienced.”

Rose’s self-described competitiveness is just one aspect of her character that has enabled her to tackle each challenge head-on. Her can’t-lose attitude meant she quickly found strength in the balance of spending time with friends and taking a moment to herself.

“With these issues come chances to learn,” Rose said. “Meditation has been key in helping me overcome feeling alone and of course, being surrounded by all my loving friends helps too.”

Writing has also been a positive outlet for Rose.

“I love to write,” she said. “I don’t think I’m any good, but it’s something I do if I have feelings of anxiety.”

Passion, personal experience and values have directed Rose to focus on moving into the crime-science field, specifically as a forensic chemist.

“After having my own experience with the justice system, I wanted to give back to my community in a similar way,” she said. “I volunteered at my home police department for 18 months and got a real direction of where I wanted my future to head.”

Although her direction has changed slightly during her study, Rose has managed to explore her interest in scientific-based roles within the legal industry.

“I don’t think I have the authority in me to be a police officer or detective, and much more enjoy the science realm anyways,” she said. “I will be in the footsteps to work as a forensic chemist, and I know majoring in Chemistry will open many doors for me and provide opportunities into the future.”

Her passion for people has also remained strong and will no doubt influence her career and life postgraduation.

“It sounds cliché, but I just love being there for people or at least letting them know I’m always available no matter the time of day,” Rose said.

Still itching with the travel bug, Rose is looking to venture to Africa someday to experience the land’s rich history and culture.

“The continent itself is vastly diverse, and for some reason, I could always see myself visiting Ghana and South Africa,” she said. “My two best friends (who are more like my sisters) in Seattle are from Eritrea (North-East Africa), and someday, we all plan to travel to their home country and visit the village that their Dad grew up in.”

For the moment, though, Rose still has the last four weeks of lectures to get through here in Darwin. To help herself and others get through; her advice is not to forget to go outside and breathe.

“Take each moment for what it is and appreciate your friends, as for most of us, they are all we’ve got down here!”


You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?

I would be called ‘sunset’. You know like the mixture of colours the sky displays over the beach as it sets. A combination of oranges, pinks, purples and blues. A colour that could represent serenity just as one would feel watching the sun disappear over the water.

What’s something people may not know about you?

My daddy named me Rose and my mom named me Brittany. They battled over what my first name would be so they bet on the colour of my hair. Since I’m a brunette, Brittany clearly won. My father died when I was just a baby so I was raised by my amazing mom and two brothers, who are truly my best friends. I then wanted to be known as Rose to have something of my dad. People think it’s a beautiful name because it reflects a flower, but I know there’s a much more deeper connection than that.