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Rose Zhang: TPS Senior 2019

It was another normal day of little eight years old Rose’s life. She wondered if she would ever graduate as she gazed outside the window, waving to her imaginary Narnian Nymphs. Being a grown up and attending college seemed so far away from her, it felt like she’ll never grow up. Fast forward ten years and Rose is almost eighteen, soon attending college, and finishing up her high school. She sits back and begins to reflect on her seventeen year long homeschooling journey.

After five years of roaming through the halls of TPS, Rose retires from her glorious TPSer throne. Rose has lived in Beijing for her entire life, and her life has been pretty straightforward in this transient city. She currently resides right behind a church where her father works. Born to a Chinese father, a Korean mother, being an older sister to a quirky yet loving younger sister, and taking care of a fluffy brown poodle dog, Rose is another “average” resident in this overly populated city.

She is an INFJ in Myers Briggs or a 6w5 in Enneagram, which clarifies her enigmatic personality to a certain degree. Rose fell in love with literature after she read Narnia with her father at a young age; she began to develop burning passion toward writing and hopes that in the future she will write great books that would inspire people like C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. In her high school years, to deal with loneliness, as many homeschoolers often experience as well, Rose also added photography, blogging, and videography to her long list of hobbies.

Her time at TPS has benefited her in many ways. Rose has met many incredible teachers, and loving, supportive friends whom she never imagined she would know. Of all of her teachers, Rose greatly admires Ms. Wood for her love toward literature and Mrs. Leake for her classy vibe and passion to Latin.

This fall Rose will be heading to St. John’s College in Annapolis, studying Liberal Arts. While the road ahead of her looks a little blurry and rocky at the moment, becoming a lawyer, working as a screenwriter, becoming the bestseller writer, owning a night fury, teaching at TPS, or opening up a library café in a Hutong are all potential destinations.

Although a little apprehensive toward her new adventure, Rose looks forward to discovering God’s great plans for her future.
Number of Years Taking TPS Classes: 5
Favorite Quote:
I have so many favorite quotes. But here’s one I really like at this moment: “I am a writer, therefore I am not sane.” – Edgar Allan Poe
Keep that in your mind next time you see me doing something crazy.
Favorite Bible Verse:
Among several of my favorite verses (Nehemiah 9:10, Psalm 147:3, Proverbs 12:25…), Psalm 34:19 has been standing out to me during this past few months, “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all of their trouble”.
This verse has been a great reminder for me whenever I was going through a hard time. Just like how Jesus pulled Peter out from the water when Peter cried out to him, I need to put my pride down and realize I need his help and cry out to him instead of endeavoring to figure it out on my own.
Advice to the Younglings of TPS:
Don’t let fear set up boundaries for you and refrain you from having fun, enjoying life, making new friends, and following His will. (It’s something I’m still working on as well).

Also, make friends; make good friends with all kinds of people, your teacher, classmates, and your family when you have the chance, you won’t regret it. Because in the end, you won’t regret making too many friends but regret not making friends and building up memories when you had the chance.


  1. Corrie Anna Campbell

    Rose!!! Congratulations! =) I am so glad I got to know you a little bit this year. Thanks for all the hard work you have done for clay, and thanks for being a great classmate too. =)

    I really think you are going to enjoy St. John’s! =)

  2. You’re so pretty Rose! Congratulations on graduating. Your future sounds bright, and I am sure that you will end up where you need to be in life =D

  3. Rose you are so pretty!! Good luck in the future and God bless! I loved your column so much. 🙂

  4. Yas Mrs. Leake is the best.
    Also yessss. I remember thinking graduation was cool when others did it. NEVER entered my mind that I would even live to see the day for myself hah.

    • Yesss.
      IKR? Well, actually I’m not planning to have a graduation x) but still, I’m graduating haha.

  5. Thanks for being an amazing classmate! I know you’re going off to do great things in college. Best of luck! 🙂

    • Aw thanks Sonia, and thank YOU for being a wonderful classmate as well.
      You’re so sweet <3 gonna miss you.

  6. Awe! Rose, i will miss you so so much! thanks for being my friend. i hope you have a wonderful future!

  7. Beautiful bio, Rose. Praying that you have a smooth transition into college and adult life. <3

  8. Its like actually not fair how pretty/cute all the seniors are this year!!

  9. Laura Cervantez

    Congratulations on graduating!! And eyy I’m an INFJ and 6w(something) too maybe that’s why half your SU posts are so relatable xD Enjoy college and stuff 😛

  10. Congratulations, Rose! It has been fun having you in class this year. I hope the best for you at St. John’s College. Enjoy it!