If you believe it, you will become it

I recently received a tweet asking me for advice; 

@On2Mars_Kayla any advice for someone looking into Astrophysics but doesn't know if they can hack it?

As soon as I saw this question I knew I needed to respond properly and that it would take more than 140 characters. So here we are. 

First question I would have for this young someone is this. Why do you want to go into astrophysics? Is it something that you think would be cool? Or do you have a burning passion and desire to learn all about the night sky?

If you think it might be a fun job and do not have a lot of passion, astrophysics will be hard to break into and to create a successful career. The subject matter is tough, the class load at college will be tough, and it might not be best if you are not devoted to it. 

However; if you want it. If this is your dream and your passion, then you will be amazing! Will it be easy? Absolutely not. Will you fail a class or a test at some point? I would count on it. But so what? All you have to do is try again and again until you make it. 

No matter what subject it is or job that you want. If you have the passion for it and are willing to fight for it and work for it. YOU WILL MAKE IT. No one can tell you that you can't do it. The only person in the world that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is yourself, 

So if you want to go into astrophysics, then by all means, go for it! Go for it with determination, passion, and hard work and you will THRIVE.

I failed classes. I failed tests. Sometimes I felt like I had to spend 10 more hours on classwork than my classmates did. I paid for a lot of tutors and went to a lot of open office hours to get extra help from my professors. I never stopped. I never gave up. And I never stopped believing in my dreams and in my heart. Many times I could have and many times I had "professionals" or professors tell me I should consider other job opportunities. I was told I would never hack it by many people over the years. I chose not to listen to them. I had a dream and I wanted it more than anything else. I kept trying and working hard. Now look at that, I made it. I am working the dream job I set out to work MANY years ago.

Yes it is true that many people I work with got in a lot faster than I did. So what? Now that we are at the same spot, we are on the same playing field.

 No matter what you want to be, you can be it, if you believe in yourself from the start and if you never give up on yourself. Achieving your dreams is an amazing feeling that I want everyone to experience. Find what makes your heart beat. Find your passion and fight for it no matter what gets thrown in your way.   It starts and stops within you. Only you can decide what your heart wants and if you are willing to fight for it. 

Follow your dreams, nerds. <3