Ever since she was little, Rosheema Wright loved music. “I know a lot of people listen to music because music is everywhere, but to me music was something I knew that I wanted to do since I was little,” Rosheema said. From singing all the time to pretending to be Beyonce, music always inspired her goals. Although she enjoyed singing, she also played trombone for eight years. She auditioned and got into Longwood’s music department where she will major in vocal performance.
Rosheema’s band teacher, who she has known since third grade, first trained her on the trombone. Now, he works at her high school and was one of the people who influenced her to audition for Longwood. He told her the importance of networking and connected her with someone who works at Longwood. Getting to know someone at the university and seeing how beautiful the campus was, were all influences for Rosheema to attend the school. After graduating, she hopes to become a professional vocalist and make music.
While she is still in high school, Rosheema stays active in her school and the community. She is a member of Sisters With An Intuition, Richmond Community Jazz Band, Armstrong Marching Band, Thomas Jefferson Marching Band, Richmond Community Environmental Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Tri-M Honors Music Society, Mu-Alpha Theta Mathematics Club and the National Art Honors Society. She also volunteers with Church Hill Activities & Tutoring (C.H.A.T), one of her favorite activities to do. As a volunteer, she tutors the children. This is an experience she enjoys because she was once a tutee. To transition into helping others like she was helped, was a transition she enjoyed. During the summer, Rosheema also worked with the children at a summer day camp. She said her favorite part about working with the children was building relationships with them and seeing them enjoy the experience.
With all of her extracurricular activities, Rosheema still works hard to maintain a 3.89 GPA. “I’ve learned to just not give up,” Rosheema said. “I feel like what I’ve done and how far I’ve gotten has really taught me to just keep pushing through.” After going to Martin Luther Middle School and getting into Richmond Community High School, she always put her grades first. Even when other people struggled at Richmond Community and transferred to other high schools, Rosheema made it a mission to keep pushing.
One person who motivates Rosheema is her mother. When she was five years old, her father died and her mother had to raise her and her sister. “It’s just the fact that seeing her push through, seeing her do what she does, seeing her not give up, seeing her work her hardest even when things get hard, helps me push through it also,” Rosheema said. Knowing that everything will be okay if she works for it is what motivates her. And Rosheema plans to continue working toward her dreams and goals of working in the music industry.