Rose DF. Photo provided by Rose DF
Rose DF. Photo provided by Rose DF

Rose DF is an aspiring Observational Astrophysicist and Cosmologist, who was born and raised in the beautiful island of the Dominican Republic without access or exposure to science or education. After moving to the US and overcoming domestic abuse, the death of her daughter, homelessness, and raising a son as a single mother after becoming the first woman in her family to leave her abusive husband, she is now on a scientific path and attempting to do the only thing she’s ever wanted, gain a better understanding of our amazing Universe.

When she is not daydreaming about Space and Exploration or spending time with those she loves, she focuses her attention on education access for under-represented individuals and advocacy for victims of domestic and sexual abuse like she once was. She also enjoys sharing her love of science via her social media.

website: https://rosedf.com
The Journey: https://rose-df.com/2018/10/23/how-it-all-began/

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

I used to have a Chameleon named Pascal

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Omg so much, I have space art everywhere both that I bought and that friends have sent me, my refrigerator magnets are literally science museum magnets and all science-themed, NASA, JPL, I have space shuttle models every spot I could get them in.

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Cooking

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Both

7 Do you speak any other languages?

Spanish is my first language

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

An astronaut, does that count? I think it’s the same lol

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Marine Biology or Paleontology.

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

I was going to say the ISS, but a regular plane couldn’t do that. I’m not sure, the only flying I actually don’t mind is to Space.

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Matter manipulation and Invisibility I know that’s 2 but I need both.

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Marvel movies from the MCU? that’s what my movie life has been about for the last 10yrs (I’m a gigantic nerd) lol, I’m not sure in general. I like many things and they all depend on my mood.

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Honestly? rest, quietly, peacefully. I’ve had a long life for someone this young. Rest and “boring” nights in are priceless.

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Music, Communication, Kindness. If you meant material things, I’m not sure. I’m pretty adaptable. I guess if I have to pick I’d say the internet, I like having access.

15 What beverage gives you life?

Orange Juice

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

None, I had no access to books growing up. I have read many books since being here, but I can’t say they shaped me. I just loved to be able to have them.

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

I knew I wanted to know the “Why” and “How” of everything I could, I just didn’t know being a scientist was a thing, especially not for a woman. I also always wanted to get to the Moon so I could figure out what it was, now we know that’s called an astronaut.

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Honestly? the fact that I’ve survived this much already, it taught me what I’m capable of if I hold on for just a little longer.

19 What got you excited in science?

The Moon, not understanding it. I used to stare at that thing so much from my motherland, especially during blackouts, and always wonder what it was and why was it even there.

20 What excites you about science now?

Space, there’s just nothing like it. I can’t even pick a focus, when you think of the grand scale of the universe it really gives you a new appreciation for the fact that exist at all.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Binge watching Nature documentaries

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Hard one, I’ll get back to you on that.

23 What is your favorite game?

Video game? Mario Bros, I’m a simple girl.
Boardgame, I have no idea.

24 What is the last book you read?

The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

When things get too bad, sleep on it before doing/saying anything.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

I don’t think there’s anything I’m scared to try, but in my defense you’re talking to someone who wants to be shot into Space more than anything.

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

You don’t need to be anyone’s wife, your only job is not to have a husband and kids, you don’t deserve the beatings, you don’t deserve abuse. Keep moving, you’ll do great things if you just keep going.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

For me that has to be disconnecting, from everything, putting down social media, not answering texts, emails, in a room, on a bed, with some shows, and just some resting. Taking walks by nature is also good.

29 What is the last thing you watched?

A documentary about human trafficking

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Nothing really, not that I can think of.

31 What is your favorite animal?

I don’t have one, but I do like Orcas a lot because they’re incredibly smart and that freaks me out.

32 What is your favorite book?

That is an impossible question, next.

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

A breakfast from my motherland called Mangu con los 3 golpes.

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Any day that is peaceful

35 What is your favorite plant?

I don’t think I ever had one

36 What is your favorite science fact?

I don’t have a favorite, but I do love the fact that if you’re out in space without a suit, any liquid on your body that’s exposed will vaporize. For example, your eyes will boil.

37 What is your favorite season?

Fall

38 What is your favorite smell?

Black coffee in the morning

39 What is your favorite sound?

I like the hum of a fan, the sound helps me sleep.

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I guess my honesty, I take a lot of pride on that.

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Abracadabra, I don’t know why.

42 What is your proudest moment?

Any moment when I stand up to someone who’s disrespecting or abusing me.

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Maple

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

The access to a lot of arts and museums

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I taught myself English at 17, just so I could study science.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

@astronaia on Twitter