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From UCL to Central Saint Martins

We find out from Rose about her change in direction.
20 May 2020
Written by Rose Dodd
United Kingdom
Rose Dodd (OG 2009-2016)
Rose Dodd (OG 2009-2016)

After Prior’s Field, I went on to study Neuroscience at UCL. I am now in my final term and have loved it. It has been so interesting and I’ve been lucky to be able to study in London. I just got accepted into Central Saint Martin, London, to study a Fashion Journalism Master’s Degree. I almost feel guilty about changing from something that is helping others and helping the world to something that is associated with doing the opposite. But I’ve always enjoyed fashion; it’s my passion, my hobby. I am a very emotional person, so I think that aspect of my personality would impact a medical career. I would struggle to detach myself from the patients’ lives and I also think I would live my life in fear of contracting all these terrible illnesses and diseases and neurological problems that I’ve spent the last three years learning about. I plan to work in fashion from a neuropsychological angle, talking about inclusivity, sustainability and many more important messages that the fashion industry is promoting. I am also in the early stages of starting up a geriatric care tech business. I am in the middle of formulating my business plan ready for presentation to potential investors at the end of the year, which is really exciting.

When I was younger I volunteered or worked in care homes and hospitals, so I have always had an interest in helping the older generation and those who find it more difficult to help themselves. I see a big problem, something that I can do something about which is why I have decided to start my new business. I can’t give too much away at this stage but I’m really excited about it. I look forward to revealing more when I have got the project off the ground.

We are in a bizarre time when change is essential in every avenue of the economy and the industry. Traditionally, fashion has been rather exclusive, and fast fashion is one of the leading causes of global warming. Some sectors within the fashion industry are striving as a force for change promoting inclusivity and sustainability, against consumerism and globalisation, against our modern day throw-away culture. Fashion is art. A lot of design has deep thought ingrained within it and it’s interesting to try and understand designers better and their concepts and values and the thought process behind their design. Studying neuroscience has definitely allowed me to understand this creativity from a really interesting and quite original perspective. 

Neuroscience is amazingly complex. It’s the foundation of everything and I’ll definitely keep it with me and apply it to everything I do. I think if you can make a career out of something that is your hobby then why not try? Life is so short. I don’t regard science as a closed door for me yet and with everything that is happening in the world now, maybe I’ll move back into the field - I have a science degree now and I always will have that. 

I am really missing PF!

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