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Last Post 26 Mar 2021 05:56 PM by  Christina Cohen
Is it possible for me to become an astrophysicist?
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26 Mar 2021 12:43 PM
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    Hi!

    I am a high school girl from Sri Lanka. When people ask me what I want to be when I grow up, and I say I want to become an astrophysicist at NASA, they kind of laugh and go 'come on, what is it really?'. Now I just lie to them but I would really appreciate if you guys too think it is impossible and why..
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    Christina Cohen
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    26 Mar 2021 05:56 PM
    Hi,

    I don't think it is impossible at all. It will certainly take a lot of work, but that is true whether you are a girl from Sri Lanka or a boy from California. Basically you want to go to college and major in physics or engineering or astronomy or math and then go to graduate school and get a PhD. You don't have to do these things in the US (although getting your PhD in the US might make things a little easier).

    'Working for NASA' means a bunch of different things, but lots of people are working at NASA centers (even if they aren't directly employed as a US civil servant), doing great science that have come from many different places in the world.

    -Christina
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