WHEN Rochelle van Rooyen set out on a yacht to circumnavigate the world with her family, she never imagined that trip would change her life.
The South African lass never imagined she would one day end up living in Fiji.
"About 14 years ago, we left South Africa and seven years ago, we came to Fiji," the 18-year-old says.
"My parents really loved it here and we ended up staying here. I went to school — Jasper Williams High before going on to university."
She is an attachÃ© at Fiji Broadcasting Corporation and works as an editor for local fashion show Jejemon.
"We usually go out on shoots and edit all the raw material into the various segments of the show.
"I initially did a film and TV course at the Fiji National University in Raiwai and had to do a six-month attachment with FBC. Our school at FNU organised the attachment and they got me working on Jejemon with Andhy Blake."
Working in the media organisation has been a good experience for the teenager.
"It's been so much fun and one of the best parts is meeting so many different people. It's been a blast."
According to van Rooyen, there are a lot of challenges working in a media organisation.
"One of the major challenges we face is meeting deadlines and making sure that everything is done on time.
"We have to work on the sounds and making sure we have the right shots, good sound levelling and music bits for the segment.
"I also edit a few shows in a week and I try to get those shows done well in advance and checked to avoid last-minute hassles."
She says her work is worthwhile when someone acknowledges her after watching her TV shows.
"Having someone watch your shows and saying you've done a good job. The fact that someone appreciates the hard work that you have done and acknowledges you for it — it's all worthwhile."
She says her love for working in a media organisation possibly comes from her mother, who used to work in media.
"It runs in the family I guess."
It may have just been a few years since she started living in Fiji but van Rooyen says she is a Fijian at heart.
"I am a Western girl but now a Suva girl and now, loving the Capital City."
Leaving Johannesburg and coming to Fiji was a bit of a challenge for her.
"Fiji is a lot bigger than some of the other islands that we have been to. Before Fiji, we were in Tahiti and when we came here and saw how big Fiji is, we were astounded. Fiji is also more developed than Tahiti and closer to Australia and New Zealand.
"Now, I hope to continue learning and developing and advancing further in my career and I would advise other young women to always strive for the best and keep improving at whatever you do."