During college, I still pursued my dream of performing, and my first jobs in New York City were, in fact, in show business: I was a Radio City Rockette, and was in the Broadway national tour of "A Chorus Line." I lived a full performer’s life — media training and news shows, ice baths, autographs, four shows a day and all the red lipstick and rhinestones. But after living out this dream to its fullest, it was time to move on to a longer-term life plan. I ended up in a humbling (!) graduate school experience at Caltech, and got my master’s degree in space engineering. After, I took a job at SpaceX to learn about the commercial space industry with hands-on experience. Despite the exciting work in developing the next crewed space capsule, the Crew Dragon, I missed the astronomy and scientific aspects of my work. Having learned about the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) through previous NASA internships, it was an appropriate next step for my interests. Today, I am a systems engineer on the Mars 2020 spacecraft.