Living with my feet on the ground, and my heart in the cosmos...
Space has always been my joy, passion, and even source of comfort.
It was the driving force behind me leaving my birth land, and even learning the language.
I study Astronomy at ASU with the School of Earth and Space Exploration.
I also enjoy imaging and actively try to learn how to photograph the cosmos, but I tend to run around with my cameras pointed at life down here on Earth too. I talk a lot about my love of the Moon, and enjoy encouraging others to take time to look up.
The more private part of my life involves activism.
Sometimes you have to become the person you needed...
I think I became an activist when I was about eight years old, and got one of my first beatings for advocating for my own education and body autonomy.
I participate in activism for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, as well as homelessness.
These are all circumstances I had to face throughout my life, and have been fortunate enough to overcome. I also advocate for education access, equity, and community-building.
Although at times I've utilized social media to raise awareness on these topics, organize, and distribute funds, these days I prefer to conduct any activism in a more direct manner. This approach has proven most effective for the mental and physical safety of those I work with, my loved ones, and my own.
"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."
The ultimate dream for me would be to become an astronaut, but if I don't make it at least I get to challenge enough preconceptions of who gets to succeed and who gets to have access to these opportunities. I also get to have fun training, challenging myself, and learning new skills which I love.
I think the actual goal is to live a life I can be happy with and proud of, maybe leaving the world even a tiny bit better than I found it.