Updated: May 5, 2020
I am Sanjana Mediboyina, a student at Leland High School. My goal in life is to become an aerospace engineer. It all started when I was in fifth grade at science camp. We went on a night hike on the night before we left. When I looked up at the shining stars in the night sky, I wanted to know more about it. As I grew older and understood the research that was deepening our understanding of our solar system, I thought to myself, “what can I do to help?”
I researched more about the technology used to explore our solar system. First, I started with learning about important people like Katherine Johnson, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin, who have contributed to our understanding of space tremendously. I learned about the missions we were victorious in during the space race. For instance, missions like Luna 1, Mariner 2, and Apollo 11. I looked at the missions we failed in and read old articles posted by NASA about why we didn’t make it. Missions like Apollo 1 put us back in terms of the space race. NASA was close to shutting down the Apollo program after Apollo 8. After the Apollo mission success, people considered America to be the winners of the space race. A few years later, after the Cold War, the International Space Station was founded in 1998. These are a few things I have learned out of interest.
My ultimate goal is to work at NASA. NASA has always been an aspiration to me because I have always wanted to be part of something that helps the world in some way. NASA offers me an opportunity to be part of improving the world by doing something I enjoy.