What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Was there anything that made you, go, I wanna be that person!
Well, I watched Star Wars as a kid and I remember thinking, “that’s where I want to live. That’s where I want to be, amongst the galaxy and flying through the stars. Fighting alongside friends!” That was a prominent thought. Then my dad showed me documentaries of Astronauts, the unsung heroes of reality. And I was like, “it’s real. We can go there? I wanna do that.”
I basically wanted to be a Space Journalist. I wanted to write but in space, I wanted to start a space newspaper! Just space and writing, combined. I was very imaginative.
Then I got to high school, I was really into science and loved all the subjects taught but Astronomy was my favourite, except the teacher was awful. And I remember he was asking my class what we were going to do for GCSE, this was Year 10, and most of the boys said football/PE or mechanics. And it got to me, I proudly said the GCSE science courses my school was having; Psychology, Astronomy and Biology. For a year, you’d study the three sections and do a final test, earning a level1 diploma in that section. (I passed all three btw.)
He didn’t seem that surprised, since I was excelling in science anyway. But he asked a few questions, and I said, I really wanted a career with NASA; wasn’t really sure what field because I still had time to think but he… laughed at me. And I remember asking what was funny, and he shrugged and said, “just you girls like to dream big nowadays!” And he then proceeded to go in depth on the fact, I’ll probably never get into the profession of any choice.
Seems silly for me now, but I remember leaving that lesson and just giving up. I stopped believing. I wanted to be a pilot (cause Luke Skywalker/ I was young but it seems a trend to shoot down children’s dreams in my time) and my aunty saying; “you’re better off sticking to the ground!”. I just wanted to be off the ground, any little dream was always up in a sense and an adult made me “see sense”.
But I wanted to be Astronaut or just something to do with space. I never even got to figure out what career I’d have because no one really believed in me. But I still love space because it’s just magic!- Ro