Throughout my life, I have had a great fascination with the aerospace industry and the progress that has been made in space exploration. With a passion in aerospace technologies, as well as a love for writing and communications, I was attracted to a profession in STEM, though unaware of my concentration. This led me to pursue an education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Initially, I pursued a career path in Aerospace Engineering, unaware of the diversity of careers available within the program. In my classes, I was introduced to the variety of fields within aerospace and the opportunities they allotted. Understanding the union of disciplines within the STEM program changed my outlook on career options. I was able to fully appreciate the essential role that communications has in the growth and development of STEM. I decided that for future endevors, the best way to use my strengths would be to shift from a Bachelor’s of Engineering toward a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating on STEM and Communications.
With my newfound direction in Communications, I focused on creating a versatile and valuable skillset. With growing confidence, I pursued a new career path in STEM.
I heard of Higher Orbits through a faculty mentor helping me explore internships and careers within my specialization. During my research into this non-profit company, I was drawn to the organization’s incredible mission of influencing the next generation’s interest in STEM. I was then introduced to Go For Launch!, a program that allows me to sharpen my writing and communication skills as well as work with youth. I knew this was an opportunity that I could not pass up!
Meeting Michelle Lucas, Founder and CEO of Higher Orbits, not only has been a highlighted experience, but has also awarded me the opportunity to join the company’s team to inspire the next generation in a STEM future.