Kezia Charity Escleto Rosero, a 23-year old UP Diliman engineering graduate was among the topnotchers at the board examinations for metallurgical engineers held October 2 to 4.
A miners’ daughter, Rosero’s journey was interesting, as engineering is known to be a male-dominated field.
But after diligently studying for months, following a rigid and backbreaking schedule, the UP Diliman Metallurgical Engineering graduate secured the Top 3 post in the recently held licensure examinations.
Rosero shared that she face many difficulties in her chosen 5-year course but the wait was well worth it.
She said her favorite subject has always been Science. When she took the UPCAT, she initially wanted to take up Chemical Engineering, just like her older brother, but she took up Metallurgical Engineering, following her mother’s advice.
Rosero said her parents are always a major influence in her decisions. After all, her mother, Engineer Cynthia Escleto Rosero, is the Philippine mining industry’s first and only woman resident mine manager (RMM), the highest post in mining operations.
Rosero’s mom is the RMM at Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp. in Palawan, a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp.
For her future plans, she said she is entertaining plans of a second course or even a Master’s Degree. However, Rosero said she wants to dive into work immediately and practice her craft first by joining the mining industry.
Asked for a message for those who would like to follow in her footsteps, Rosero said it is important to “take care of your mental health.”
Rosero said shared young adults these days face many “mental pressures.” She said she almost fell into that trap, taking things too seriously that she felt at one point that studying was a burden instead of a privilege.
And she is grateful for the strong support system she has, led by her parents. Her father Engr. Elmo C. Rosero is also a mining engineer at RTN.
She further said her generation is prepared for the future because, like her, they have access to all the information they need to be able to make sound decisions.
“Just like the debate about mining in Palawan, I understand the science. As a young person, I am aware of my responsibilities to climate change and what’s at stake in the future and I will forever be a student of social science so I know what I am getting into and I am sure many young scientists like me, do,” she said.