Today we’re featuring a blog post from Cecelia, a middle school student who recently earned her Future Goals – Hockey Scholar certification. Cecelia explains what she learned from completing Future Goals – Hockey Scholar and how it will help her become an engineer at the Canadian Space Agency. Cecelia was one of two winners from Canada to win a $1,000 RESP Contribution!
School: Wolfville School
Teacher: Angela Rushton
Province: Nova Scotia
Course Completed: Future Goals – Hockey Scholar
“The Canadian Space Agency: these were the four new words that filled my brain after I discovered that only U.S. citizens were allowed to work at NASA. Whatever, I thought, on to the next thing. I always wanted to help launch a rocket or figure out if it would be possible to build a house in outer space. In the media you hear about people doing that at NASA, so naturally, I dreamed of becoming an engineer at NASA. Then when I heard the news that being a Canadian would hold me back, I told my dad. He just said: “Canadian Space Agency.” I did some research, and discovered that there really wasn’t much difference between NASA and The CSA. In fact, I think it would be better to work at The CSA. I would be serving my own country, and the gender inclusion at CSA is much better than at NASA where 33% of workers are female whereas at The CSA the number is 41%!
In order to get there, I would like to study computer engineering at Queen’s University then possibly get a PhD in some sort of computer engineering focus. Many people ask why I’m so fascinated in outer space when so much is going on down here on earth. I see why they might not understand, but what I tell them every time is that discovering new, amazing things in space can help solve problems here on our planet. For example, the equipment that NASA uses in space to purify water has been used all over the world to help communities that don’t have access to clean water and another thing that many people don’t know about space stations around the world is that a lot of them study climate change and what we can do to prevent it.
Because of my dreams and hopes for my future it’s made me struggle with staying interested in the things that we learn in class. For example, although I’ve always found math class interesting, there were some things that seemed irrelevant to me achieving my goals. When my math teacher told my class about EVERFI I was very excited for a new challenge, but I had no idea how much it would change my perspective about school and the things that I learn every day.
For example, hockey has never really been something that I’ve been interested in. When I began EVERFI, I learned how many aspects of hockey are directly related to math. I was a bit surprised. I started to discover how math is really everywhere and that all the little things that we learn in math from the things that I’ve done in kindergarten to where I am now to what someday I will learn will help in some shape or form to help me reach my goal. If EVERFI had not helped me realize this, I wouldn’t have been able to widen my perspective to learn new things, stay focused on what I am learning, and ultimately help me reach my goal.”