Hi, I'm Rose.
Space has always been my joy, passion, and even source of comfort. It was the driving force behind me leaving my birth land, and even learning the language. But I think most people know me for my love of the Moon in particular.
My academic background is in Astronomy, Aerospace, Communications, and Engineering. However, I don't like to limit myself based on degrees or titles.
I'm always growing and learning.
I also enjoy imaging and actively photograph the cosmos, but I tend to run around with my cameras pointed at life down here on Earth too since photography has always been a love of mine.
The Journey Here
I think I became an activist when I was about eight years old, and got one of my first beatings for advocating for my own education and body autonomy.
Now as an adult, I participate in activism for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, as well as homelessness. These are all circumstances I had to face throughout my life, and have been fortunate enough to overcome.
Education access, community-building, financial literacy and independence for women is very important to me.
Although at times I've utilized social media as a tool to raise awareness on these topics, organize, and distribute funds, these days I prefer to conduct any activism in a more direct manner.
This approach has proven most effective for the mental and physical health and safety of those I work with, my loved ones, and most importantly my own.
I've already accomplished things I never imagined possible, but another goal of mine would be to become an astronaut (crazy huh?). However, if I don't make it to space, at least I get to challenge enough preconceptions of who gets to have access to these kinds of opportunities. I think the ultimate goal for me is to live a life I can be happy with and feel proud of, maybe leaving the world a tiny bit better than it was for me.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them"