I went to a high school that fortunately had a robotics team and allowed us to take college level physics and calculus. It got me super excited and proud to be a nerd! We called ourselves the Nerd Herd. With that pride and excitement, I went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where I majored in aerospace engineering. Although it was tough, I always had the dream of working at JPL to motivate me. I struggled, but I knew I had to be better, and eventually the best, to get an opportunity. When I was finishing graduate school, JPL came to the career fair looking for engineers. I brought my A-game and it got me an interview on lab, which led to a job offer. This will sound pretty cheesy but I’ll never forget that phone call. It was a great moment.