Call From NASAApr 7th, 2009 | By Admin | Category: Current Topics of Interest, NASA Astronaut Selection 2009
Dear Family and Friends,
At my age I don’t expect really cool birthday gifts but yesterday I got the best belated gift ever, a call from NASA. To recap the situation, NASA conducted 2nd interviews with 40 individuals from the original pool of ~120 candidates. I went on the first interview but didn’t make the second…at least I didn’t think so until yesterday. At ~8am my phone rang. At first I thought it was my mom because she’s the only person who ever calls me early in the morning. I didn’t recognize the number so I just answered it. When I heard it was Teresa Gomez calling from NASA I nearly dropped the phone. NASA decided to invite 7 more individuals for second interviews the week of April 19th – 26th. Words cannot fully express what this phone call means to me. But, I did do a lot of jumping up and down when I got off the phone. Okay, maybe I started jumping while still talking to Mrs. Gomez.
When I look back at the process that has brought me to this particular point in my life I think of family support and the encouragement of colleagues, mentors, teachers, and friends (like you). I also think about my own determination, persistence, and desire to learn and experience the world around me. I wasn’t sure how people would react to me blogging about my adventures. Actually, I didn’t think anyone would really care about what I was doing (except for my mom). I now realize how wrong I was and I want to thank you all for making my journey into the cyber world welcoming. Your support and words of encouragement have fueled me to move forward and have faith in the direction I am going and the choices I have made. Regardless of the outcome I hope you all keep supporting space exploration and NASA’s missions. I hope to continue to lead by example and encourage everyone (young and old) to engage in lifelong learning and to reach for the impossible…because the reality is…anything is possible! The candles on the cake prove that theory.
I’m looking good at 29!! Thanks to Jia, my roommate, for the awesome birthday cake. Photo by Nooccar