For as long as I can remember, I've always loved science. I fondly remember reading issues of Discover Magazine that my parents would receive each month and being interested in everything that was being written about. I remember being especially drawn to articles about paleontology or astronomy. I knew at an early age that I wanted to do something within the realm of science and help shed some light on the mysterious world we live in.
It was in high school, when less general science classes were offered, that I first took biology. I quickly realized that this scientific discipline wasn't for me. It just felt like too much memorization. I then took chemistry and the mathematics helped it make more sense than biology did. Later, I took my first physics class and was immediately hooked. Learning how to use mathematics to derive an understanding of the world around me was fascinating. When I finally took astronomy in high school and realized that it was just "physics in space", I knew I wanted to keep uncovering the Universe's mysteries for as long as possible.
Image of NGC 6782 by NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA); Acknowledgment: R. Windhorst (ASU)