I worked summer jobs in high school to save up money for a telescope, did backyard astronomy outreach with a local club, and things like that. Then I got to college and was totally derailed into humanities. But, after I graduated, I sat up all night to watch the Curiosity rover land on Mars and realized I’d made a huge mistake. I put myself back through college for astrophysics, and during one break I discovered Planet Hunters (citizen scientists helping search data for signs of planets beyond our solar system)! I devoted a lot of time the next few vacations to that project.