The first-born in a family of three children, Sopharoth "Rosie" Ith's experience growing up in a big family shaped the person she is today. Since she was young, Rosie liked to help people and share her knowledge, and she was always pushing herself out of her comfort zone to gain a new perspective. As she got older, she began to realize that she could contribute so much more make a big impact in her home country of Cambodia. In order to realize her potential, Rosie became more active in her high school’s clubs and took on leadership positions in both the mathematics and environmental clubs. She was also selected to be the Cambodian representative in multiple international conferences and programs in Singapore and Thailand. During her first trip abroad, Rosie realized that Cambodia is far behind other countries economically, socially and politically, which sparked her interest in economics. She believes that studying economics will enable her to identify the root causes of Cambodia’s slow economic progress and create policies that will benefit everyone equally, regardless of their gender or socioeconomic status. Rosie is especially passionate about gender equality and hopes to enact economic policies that will ensure that women benefit equally from Cambodia’s economic growth. Rosie will start her freshman year at the University of Portland in the fall of 2018, helping expand SHE-CAN’s presence in the Northwest.