Reach for the sky and you just might fall in a tree. Ayanna Samuels (former Hugh Hampton Young fellow) reached for outer space and by all appearances, she has strong prospects of getting there. As a young girl, Ayanna’s dream of becoming an astronaut led to her studying aerospace engineering at one of the most highly regarded technical institutions in the world, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in the United States.
“I was always intrigued by the idea of zero gravity and going out of space,” said Ayanna, who has the full support of her parents Pauline and Bert Samuels. “They made me believe that it was fully possible. They didn’t flinch,” the 26-year-old said. “Whenever my father heard information about astronauts and where they were educated, he would fill me in on what he had found, and MIT kept on coming up.” So MIT would be the school of choice but she would soon change her original path. Read the rest of the article in Jamaica Gleaner. photo by Ian Allen