GASP: What is your major at and why did you choose it?
Rosalyn Mwenja: I am a vocal performance major because I have a passion for classical singing and am especially drawn to opera.
GASP: What do you hope to do after you graduate?
RM: I hope to perform, travel, and learn about different cultures through language, food, and art. I want to keep looking for ways to improve the sustainability of our society and finding ways to help people implement them into their lives easily.
GASP: What is your dream job?
RM: I’m still exploring what career will be the best fit for me.
GASP: What do you hope to learn while interning with GASP?
RM: As the direct service intern, I am looking forward to to learning what goes into running a market that provides food and other necessities. I want to learn how people are organizing and advocating for a healthier future in Birmingham, and meet the people who are already engaged in that work.
GASP: Why is our mission to reduce air pollution important to you?
RM: I know how much polluted air can affect almost every aspect of a persons life. It can drain their health, depress the value of their land, and contaminate soil and water as well. Healthy air is an essential element for a society to have healthy people, and so I believe it’s vital that we all strive to stop the high levels of air pollution that are happening in the Birmingham Metropolitan area.
GASP: What are your hobbies?
RM: I love to go hiking and mountain biking with friends, listening to music, and to cook and bake new recipes.
GASP: Who or what are your influences
RM: Jenelle Monaé and Audrey Hepburn are my main people inspirations. I also feel strongly called and encouraged by the growing number of people (especially the younger people) who are calling for attention and solutions to the climate crisis.
GASP: What are some other fun facts about yourself?
RM: I love studying languages and am learning Spanish right now. I’ve recently become very interested in learning about traditional foodways from around the world.