Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
Ignore people who tell you you can't; if you want to, you can.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I test space telescopes.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
Because I love space, and spent most of my childhood telling people I would become an astronaut
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
To do a PhD and work in research you don't need to be the smartest person in your school
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
Lots of things! Testing hardware that will go to space, writing useful computer scripts, working with international teams, fixing things that aren't working... too much to list here!
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Ignore people who tell you you can't; if you want to, you can
INSPO / FUN FACT
“She believed she could, so she did.”