Vanessa Cantore

Student of scientific high school and conservatory


Always follow your dreams and train hard because nobody will do it for you.

What do you do?

I'm studying to get a diploma and to become an astronaut.

Why did you choose this field?

I want to be an astronaut since almost one year when I heard Paolo Nespoli speech in a conference and since that moment my future plans have changed. Paolo told about the emocions before and after the flight and I started to say "I also want to be an astronaut". Since then I've got better marks at school,train hard and give passion in a lot of things I did. I didn't let my passions like singing, piano, act and capoeira but this summer I also started to study for a scuba diving license and in the future I would also like to do others activities that will give me more possibilities to make my dream come true. I didn't tell to my family my dream, but only to people that I can trust because I think they wouldn't understand and would say to me it is impossible in fact they aren't passionate about space. I just think it is difficult but not impossible.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I would like that my dream to be an astronaut was started earlier because I was very afraid of space and I thought it was very boring. Starting to dream to be an astronaut is just an achievement for me because it makes you become a better person every day

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love stem because it is very mysterious and you never finish to learn. I wake up looking forward to the day I will apply to become an astronaut

Best advice for next generation?

Always follow your dreams and train hard because nobody will do it for you

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

Don't ask "why it si happening to me" but ask "what is teaching me"

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