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Glendale Community College
Associate of Science, Spring 2015
Arizona State University
Undergraduate pursuing Bachelor of Science
Major: Geological Sciences
I was born in 1993 in Romania, Timisoara. While my parent's ethnicity is Romanian, they emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1980's and in 1993 were visiting Romania as U.S. citizens. Thus, I was born a U.S. citizen.
I grew up in both the U.S. and Romania. We would live a couple of years in America and then live a couple of years in Romania and so on. In addition, because my Dad's work required him to travel and be away from home for extended periods, he decided to instead take us with him. As such, I spent most of my childhood travelling extensively throughout both America and Europe. Ever since I can remember, I was fascinated with space. Once I had access to the Internet and its treasure trove of information, it only reinforced my interest. I could now begin to keep track of space missions and could see images taken by landers on Mars as they came down. This interest followed me through high school and into college, where my choice to study geology and astronomy was easy to make.
I first enrolled in GCC and spent 3 years there. During that time, the astronomy club, A.S.T.R.O., that I was a member of managed to use school telescopes to detect an exoplanet,
, using the transit method and get a beautiful light curve. This was presented at the AAS meeting in 2014. This first experience in actual, scientific research was exhilarating, and I was hooked.
I plan on getting a Masterís degree afterwards, and possibly a PhD. I then hope to transition into fulltime research of either Mars or asteroids, or maybe even other solid bodies in the Solar System.However, my ultimate dream in life is to one day visit or, even better, live on Mars.