Growing up, Rose-Marie lived in an abusive household. Without a stable foundation, pursuing college seemed like an unrealistic goal; however, she did attend college at the age of 18. Unfortunately, Rose-Marie suffered from PTSD, and ended up dropping out of school. Over the next few years, Rose-Marie floundered through life and she ended up being in an abusive marriage. The frequent bouts of domestic violence left Rose-Marie emotionally broken with damages to her spine and nerves. Unable to work, she sought therapy to help reassess her life. Rose-Marie enrolled at John Jay College to pursue a degree in Toxicology.

“Attending college has taught me that I have the dedication and determination to complete any goal I set for myself. I look forward to having a career in the sciences to helping others.”