OK, they have set her up as a very important character. Her father died in a very meanful way, she is best friends with all the regular cast members and in a possible relation with either Jeremy and Matt. But two questions:
As an orphan, wouldn't it be better if she stayed at the boarding school, and did not have to deal with living alone, paying the bills, etc. Assuming her father left her enough funds for that, since his death was planned, he could have made arrangements for her tuition to be paid for as long as she needed it.
The second question is, what do you think will be her role in this unfolding story? Is she wearing a Red Shirt ?