When Rose Hill '17 arrived at Marist College, she felt as though she found the higher education version of Holy Cross High School. She immediately felt comfortable there and fell in love with the close-knit community. She had found her home away from home.
Now, she has found another home away from home. This past August, she left the United States for five months to study abroad in Madrid, Spain and Cape Town, South Africa. The Political Science major will study about the Arab world in Madrid and participate in a service learning project in Cape Town.
"It is an internship," said Rose. "I will visit the communities that really need help. Students who had done this internship in the past had built houses and volunteered with children and religious groups."
This internship will be the ultimate international experience for Rose. "This is going to very raw and real," she said. "I want to meet the South Africans and learn about the post-Apartheid background."
Rose's love of international affairs, politics, advocacy and human rights blossomed during her time at Holy Cross as a student in Joe Marino's Contemporary Issues class during the 2016 Presidential Election. She and her classmates debated and discussed several issues.
"We talked about what we wanted to talk about," she said. "During that class, everything just clicked. I learned that I can be an advocate through political science."
During her sophomore year in Marist, she interned at Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney's office in Newburgh, New York. She worked directly with constituents, helped with case work, assisted staff members and ensured that new cases got to where they needed to be.
"I got a feel for what it is like to be in a district office," said Rose, "I was there during midterm elections. I went to the debate against (Maloney's) opponent at SUNY Orange. It was so interesting. There was lots of energy. Now, more than ever, people are involved. People are very aware of how the issues impact them."
Rose wants to take her experience from overseas and integrate it with her love for politics. "My goal is to have a career of advocacy through politics. That is where you have the most power to change things."