Journey to the Stars

Scholarship Entrant: Austin from 2258 Big Ridge Road, Virginia
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Austin: 66

We are all born curious; I was no exception. As a child, I was fascinated by the stars. I remember spending many nights staring up at the vast expanse of space, watching those cosmic entities dance and glimmer throughout the night sky. I often wondered what it would be like to drift among them, to join them in their galactic waltz. It was those moments that fueled my fascination with spaceflight and exploration. Many years have passed since, yet my enthusiasm for the subject, unlike the moon, has not waned.

Even now, I prepare to enter college an inspired undergraduate seeking to obtain a doctorate in astrobiology. In doing so, I shoot for the moon… or rather, I shoot for Mars. From the realm of science fiction to the doorstep of reality, it is my hope to one day bring not only myself, but also humanity to the stars. However, I do not aim to do so by creating new propulsion systems or discovering tachyons. I will leave those matters to the aerospace engineers and particle physicists. Instead, I look toward extraterrestrial colonization and the terraforming of the “Red Planet“, for if we as a species are to survive in the distant future, we must venture out into the cosmos, leaving Earth behind.

Unfortunately, the process of terraforming could take thousands of years. Therefore, we need people to work towards colonization sooner rather than later. With determination, I aspire to be such a person, advancing current research on the matter.

Vote for Austin: 66

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