I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to be at ASCEND this year as a student ambassador for Higher Orbits! While I hope to cross orbits with familiar faces again such as those I’ve met at SciTech and IAC, I am also eager to meet new ones and immerse myself in such a an incredible gathering of people whose career paths and story lines I have closely followed for inspiration.
Really looking forward to get the chance to listen to the keynote speakers such as NASA’s deputy administrator, Pam Melroy, SpaceX’s Gwynn Shotwell, and former NASA astronaut Ellen Ochoa ~ among the stellar line up! Hearing them speak and perhaps getting the opportunity to be exchanging ideas up close with these accomplished women would be such a tremendous inspirational boost especially now that I am in the thick of college applications and carving out my future plans after high school.
As always, I am grateful for this tremendous opportunity extended to students like me by Higher Orbits and AIAA. By giving me a seat at the table, I am excited to discuss perspectives and experiences that are helping shape the industry’s future through mentorship! As a student aspiring to be a lot of things, I can’t begin to stress how important mentorship plays as we shape our own journeys. Having said that, I am truly honored to be in a brilliant panel highlighting the significant contribution of mentors, like our very own Higher Orbits Space Mom, Michelle Lucas, who has inspired many of us to dream bigger, work smarter, and more importantly, inspire others! See you at ASCEND 2022!