26 February 2018 • Martine Seijffert
Just a moment with Rosanna
‘My big dream is to make it as a singer. Last year, I did some performances and had some auditions, including an audition for ‘The Voice of Holland’. Singing helps me express myself if I’m worried about something. It’s like having a weight being lifted off my shoulders. When I was in the third year of higher general secondary education, I found out that I had a chronic illness. All the medical examinations took their toll on my studies and I had to take a step backward to junior general secondary education. It was a difficult period. At a time when I was devastated, singing really helped me. The Alicia Keys song ‘Superwoman’ in particular gave me lots of strength. I forced myself not to give up. That’s how I moved up from senior secondary vocational education to a university of applied sciences. If I ever make it in the music industry, I want to tour, write songs and support non-profit organisations with the money I make. My parents are from Cape Verde and they always taught me that not everyone was as lucky as we were. I want to help children in poorer countries such as Cape Verde to have a better future.
Rosana Ribeiro, first year European Studies student
Once every two weeks, we will interview a THUAS student or employee to give you an idea of what his or her life is like. Actually, these interviews were inspired by the successful series known as ‘Humans of New York’, a Facebook page where the photographer Brandon Stanton personalises the Big Apple by capturing his spontaneous encounters with New Yorkers in pictures and interviews. This series of interviews gives readers a little peek into the lives of students and staff at THUAS.
Rosana sings for you in this video clip.