One small step for a man, one large Step for a college student

07.20.2009"On July 20, 1969, the world watched the very first delayed video transmissions from the Moon.

Of course, my mother saw them along with her parents, my Lolo Anastacio and my Lola Virginia (Lolo and Lola means grandfather and grandmother in Tagalog, the main dialect in the Philippines), six brothers and sisters: Uncle Bert, Uncle Rey, Auntie Zeny, Auntie Tessie, Uncle Mandy, and Uncle Mouching. Her two older sisters, Auntie Leng and Auntie Vicky, were already in the States. My mother and rest of her family were in Manila, the capital of Philippines.

My Uncle Bert would brag about how lucky his family is during the time, since they are the first in the neighborhood to have a television set.

U N B E L I E V A B L E. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins went to the Moon. Collins went on orbits. Armstrong and Aldrin touched the Moon's surface.

One of my favorite space quotes is ""that's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.""

Other one is when President John F. Kennedy said 'for the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond."" He may not live to see his words taken for granted, but his words made space exploration possible and inspired many people.

Like Armstrong after he came back from the Moon along with Aldrin and Collins, I am thankful for all of the people who made the first Moon landing and exploration possible.

Forty years and one day have passed. Many things have changed. Except one thing that haven't change for the past twelve years of my life: my dream to be an astronaut.

Unlike many children who changed their minds about becoming astronauts, I hold onto my words and my dream that I would be an astronaut someday. I hope that would come true. I don't wish to be an astronaut, I WANT to be an astronaut more than anything in the world far more than anybody could have imagined.

Mathematics and Science Academy, the advanced program in my Ocean Lakes High School, made a step closer to my dream. It is said that what I did in high school does not matter to university. That is true to many people, but I will always remember my days as hardworking Academy student.

University of Dayton's Premedical Program is the next step. I would never think that in millions of years that I would meet with Dr. Kearns, the director of UD's Premedical Program, and would hear that his niece is an astronaut. Recently, she was one of the crew members who updated the Hubble Space Telescope. I sent Dr. Kearns an email, saying that I would like to congratulate his niece. He replied saying that he will let her know and told me that I might get to meet her. I was blown away. I really am grateful for Dr. Kearns.

It is not often that college student gets an opportunity like this. I made more opportunities through other UD people!

I made friends with Shea, one of my fantastic UD friends. Later in my first year, Shea told me about his grandfather who happens to work for NASA. He gave me his grandfather's email and I started email conversation with his grandfather.

Brother Gerbetz, one of my fraternity brothers from Beta Theta Pi, took a picture of the exhaust from the same rocket boosters that helped the updating crew of the Hubble Space Telescope into space. He was flying on the airplane, saw the smoke, and took a picture through the window. He told me that he is holding that picture for me once we meet again at University of Dayton.

Even I make mistakes and successes, I keep going forward. When I go back to University of Dayton on August 8, I will keep working hard and going forward to the future. I will work harder than my first year.

University of Dayton is a large leap closer to my dream of becoming an astronaut.

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