Girl Scout living out her dream

Ever since I was in third grade, I have been enchanted by astronomy and space travel, starting when I won my very first telescope at a local Girl Scout Astronomy Day. Ever since I have done all I can to spread my enthusiasm about space. I have ran numerous Astronomy and Aerospace badge workshops and have seen my passion pass on to some of these little girls. I even did my Gold Award project to raise awareness of light pollution, the haze that keeps Bakersfield from seeing the beautiful night sky. I love astronomy so much that I have planned to create a career out of my passion. I just attended my first year at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. I have  fallen head over heels for this school. This school specializes in aviation and space-oriented careers and seems like the perfect fit for me.  I plan to major in Aerospace Engineering and Astrophysics, and my dream is to help aid the private industry in space travel. My plan is to help build the rocket and possibly get a ride as the mechanic on the first expedition to Mars. I’m very excited for my future doing what I love!

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~Ashely Loyd

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