April 9, 2020
Article and photos by Payton Dhooge, Marketing/Public Relations Intern
ASU-Beebe student Rose Dobbs was born in Nanning, a city in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of southern China, and was adopted by an American family, spending most of her life growing up in central Arkansas. Rose attended Cabot High School, Lonoke High School, and graduated from Beebe High School. She participated in band as a flute player her entire high school years and was also involved in the color guard, serving as color guard captain at Beebe High School.
While preparing to graduate high school she originally planned to attend the University of Central Arkansas, but ultimately chose ASU-Beebe. She now says deciding to enroll at ASU-Beebe was a good choice, both financially and academically. “Attending ASU-Beebe was the best decision I’ve made,” said Rose.
Rose is active at ASU-Beebe in the Theater Department, the Literary Art Magazine Uncharted, and the Debate Club. Rose is currently working on an Associate of Fine Arts with an emphasis in theater, and will later pursue a bachelor’s degree in theater with a minor in business or English. “Whatever it takes for me to get where I want to be,” remarked Rose. She has set goals toward being a professional special effects artist, stage manager for theater, or possibly an author in the future. She is inspired by ‘Youtubers’ who do special effects makeup, such as creating horror movie monsters.
“Theater is all about perspective. It is a way to talk about a taboo subject. It is also a way to entertain while making people think on a topic that they normally wouldn’t and giving a perspective with which people normally aren’t familiar.”
The first half of the semester, Rose was busy working for the Theater Department, as well as Rusty’s Stage Hands (a professional stage craft group) where she traveled across central Arkansas to help create plays. Rose does a lot of stage management and mainly works behind the scenes, but when called upon she loves to dance and sing. When ASU-Beebe put on its production of “The Greatest Showman” she remarked that she had a lot of fun learning the dances. “Regardless of how difficult it may be, I like seeing it all come together and help making a play run as smooth as possible. Working under high anxiety is an adrenaline thing,” said Rose.
Rose describes the importance of education as “When you have a background in things it’s easier to get your foot in the door rather than barging in like a runaway train,” said Rose. “The experiences that college provides is essential in guiding the train.”
Her advice for future students is “It’s a big change going from high school to college. Don’t get swayed by the name of the college, go for quality. Be aware of not putting yourself into debt. If you are struggling with anything, there are people at the college who can help. As they say, life happens and it’s okay.”
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