From Across the Pond
With her feet on U.S. soil for a mere 22 hours, Rosie Derry, from York, England was whisked off to Fenway Park to experience America’s pastime first-hand. That and an International Student lunch were her welcome to what will be a year-long adventure as part of the new Semester@Chester exchange program.
A criminal justice major, Rosie is fascinated by psychology and sociology, why people do what they do and is delighted to be at Mount Ida and living in New Hall.
Rosie studied computers and art in the equivalent of a U.S. high school in York, England. She decided not to rush into college and left school at 16 to toil in jobs and get sound training in the trades, At the age of 23 she decided she was ready to go back to school.
“I originally wanted to be a child psychologist, but took more of an interest in criminology,” says Rosie. “I think I’d like to either do profiling or be a crime scene investigator.”
She always knew she wanted to study abroad and the head of her department at Chester told her about this new partnership with Mount Ida College, which appealed to Rosie not only for the strength of its criminal justice program but also for its location and small size.
Rosie is finding the biggest challenge so far is learning about the criminal justice system in the United States. “Laws can change state by state and it’s a bit confusing. Massachusetts is as large as my entire country, so I’m trying to understand the scope of the United States.” While she’s here she plans to explore everything she can and definitely has a trip to the West Coast planned.
As for Fenway Park, she says, “It was nice but I don’t think I’ll be returning. I’m not much of a sports fan.”