What does a liberal arts education look like after graduation? For Andreana Rosnik ’13, it looks like having a Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley while also making and selling her own artwork. Just six years after graduation, Rosnik has found a beautiful balance of mixing both STEM and the Arts into her daily life in San Francisco.
“I can have science and art coexist in my life due to my liberal arts background. From Hope’s curriculum to its various seminar series to mere interactions of students and teachers across disciplines, while at Hope I was immersed in a place where different fields constantly intersected.”
Rosnik graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics with a minor in Spanish. Following her graduation she received a Fulbright Research Fellowship at Universitat de Barcelona. There she continued her studies while also engaging in new cultural experiences. Her knowledge from the Phelps Scholars program (a first year program at Hope that aims to foster global learning and community) aided Rosnik while living abroad. Upon her return to the states, she continued her schooling at the University of California-Berkeley. She worked as a Graduate Student Instructor during her PhD program teaching courses such as Chemistry and Thermodynamics.
Rosnik is currently working as a Computational Scientist and Software Engineer at EnelX where she is collaborating with others to make clean energy more accessible and mitigating climate change. She feels fortunate that she has been able to find a career that is challenging her intellectually but that also aligns with her personal morals and beliefs. Andreana also works as a part-time artist. She works with colored pencil to create intricate and colorful pieces of art. Her art gives her an opportunity to express herself in a different way.
“I also do artwork semi-professionally, and while that is not my main career, what I love about making art is that everyone needs art, whether they realize it or not…My artwork gives me the space to wordlessly describe my inner world, as well as to freely explore fantastical elements of some other world. While my work is full of detail and, in some senses, rooted in analysis, expressing myself outside of the context of science in this manner was something that I need”
Rosnik’s liberal arts education at Hope College gave her the tools to pursue both her passions on both ends of the spectrum. While at Hope Rosnik was a very involved student who participated in various co-curricular activities. Rosnik was inducted into four Academic Honor Societies across multiple disciplines. She spent a summer doing research at the college in addition to spending time abroad in Spain. Hope College is proud of Rosnik for how she has used her liberal arts education at Hope and after Hope.
Hope College is honored to give Andreana Rosnik ’13 the 10 Under 10 Young Alumni Award. The “10 Under 10 Awards” honor emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today!