“My name is Mackenzie and I am 15 years old. My dream is to become an astronaut for NASA and be the first woman to set foot on the moon.
When I was 13, I happened upon a video that would change my life. The video was simple: wringing out water from a washcloth. The catch: it was filmed in space. The idea of weightlessness really caught my interest, and I spent most of that day watching more videos from the ISS. Since then, I’ve found that most things astronauts do interest me. Astronaut just seems to fit.
In early 2014, I joined Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. It’s a great program that immerses teens into aerospace, leadership, and the military. The program has trained me on so many different levels making me a much better person. Through CAP, I’ve had the opportunity to fly quite a bit. Our squadron flies a Cessna 182. We use it for search and rescue missions, as well as allowing the cadets to go up for orientation flights. With the help of my followers’ donations, I have started flight lessons! I am currently working on logging hours toward my PPL (Private Pilot’s License). I hope to get my license when I turn 17. I am also working towards a math major in college.
My tip for girls (and boys) that have a similar dream to me (or for anyone with any dream) is: try to find ways to improve yourself daily. For example, join organizations or club that teach you life skills. Volunteer. Learn something everyday in school. Keep yourself busy.”