Exciting news! John’s Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Imagine magazine asked me to write about my experiences at Space Camp. It is an incredible honor to write and share my passion for space for the September/October 2014 issue. I was excited to write about it and hopefully inspire other kids everywhere else to dream and to follow their passion–whatever it may be.
My interest in space began when I was five years old and from then on, it grew. When I was in seventh grade, I was able to attend a Space Camp center in Huntsville, Alabama and I knew I had to go back as soon as I could. It wasn’t until a few years afterward that I saved enough to attend the Advanced Space Academy for high school juniors and seniors. The camp was everything I dreamed of and exceeded my expectations!
We were all divided into groups of 16 and we worked, ate and traveled together. Besides the fun and games, we did plenty of work, too. Some of what we did included working on projects with limited time and resources within 24-hour simulations. The simulations were full of anomalies, which tested our ability to think and solve problems quickly. One of my simulations involved the “Christmas tree,” in which our whole system’s warning console lit up due to an electrical error. After 24 hours, you’ve been through an experience that felt like anything but just a simulation.
My time at Space Camp allowed me to not only be challenged as an astronaut but also reinforced my passion and determination to become one in the future. My experiences were educational and exhilarating, and I would recommend Space Camp for everyone who is aspiring to have a future in space.
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