PRIYANKA DAS: Aiming for the Galaxy!
Ever since I was a child, I was a curious being. I was conflicted between my interests in two seemingly divergent worlds on paper- Art and Aerospace. As I gained more experience, I learnt that in fact, anything is possible as long as we are creative about it. Yet, this ability to piece together disparate ideas into a thing that holds beauty of its own is something we are not specifically taught in schools, and requires a certain audacity and belief in oneself to pursue it. With time I learnt to stop listening to societal bookish definitions, and embarked on a journey that would bring me closer to my space dream, simultaneously deepening my savoir faire in creative fields. A few prestigious schools later in four continents, including projects and curriculum, with a microsatellite in tow along with stints at NASA, and skydiving, life was great. Then a turn of events took place in the form of a grave accident that made me realize how mortal we are and how precious our time on Earth is. With this new realisation, I started striding towards life with a new purpose. I am currently pursuing a PhD in aerospace engineering, and I have realized that my story has just begun! (Full story on Facebook)
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