PhD Student, Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto
Never feel like it’s “too late” to pursue something you’re interested in.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I study the atmospheres of exoplanets, which are planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. I do this by analyzing data from telescopes around the world.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I got into astronomy after taking an introductory astronomy course in my first year of university. I hadn’t learned much about astronomy before then but I found it so interesting that I decided to switch majors and pursue astronomy as a career!
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
I’m proud of leading scientific research with collaborators from across the globe! Astronomy is a really collaborative field and I never realized how far it would take me.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love getting to collaborate with so many people, and visiting telescopes and other institutes around the world.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
I would say that you should never be afraid to try something new, and never feel like it’s “too late” to pursue something you’re interested in. I didn’t finish physics in high school but now I’m on my way to earning a PhD in astrophysics!
INSPO / FUN FACT
“Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”