Sandy Astone, Aptos
Grade you started at MMS:
What inspires you?
I always enjoy reading about the latest in aerospace innovations, advances in technology, and physics/math-related fields always motivates me.
I can’t really specify between physics and math, Physics is just applied math, after all. I’ve always loved both classes and have expanded into a lot of self-study in very specialized topics. One of my favorite things in school is to talk about some new math concept with Sam Lee, John Welch, Jacob Sirk-Traugh, and Sam Kaplan.
If you had the power to change on thing in the world, what would it be?
I would make it so people don’t feel the need to fight so often and could just compromise and coexist. If we as a planet were to all cooperate, we could achieve any other goal, such as solving world hunger.
If you could anywhere, where would you go?
I would go to Gibraltar.
Name one big challenge in your life right now:
What is your dream job and why?
NASA spacecraft engineer, It’s a great combination of all of my main academic interests, math and physics.
My computer, my whiteboard in my room and my Breadcat hoodie
“Abel’s Theorem in Problems and Solutions: Based on the Lectures of Professor V.I. Arnold” by V.B. Alekseev. In the course of trying to understand the lectures in this book, I really realized how much I enjoyed it and I started to self-research more math.
What do you want to do after high school?
Get my master’s in mechanical and aerospace engineering and then go work in the industry for a while. Preferably space more than aero, work opportunities permitting.
There is a number called Graham’s number, it is very big and the way it is big is very interesting. It inspired me to think more about it and I kind of self-derived the whole concept of hyperoperations from that. I think figuring it out for myself instead of it being told to me has substantially increased my understanding of what a mathematical operator is.
Something that makes you smile:
My cat, Lucy
A favorite MMS memory – and describe why:
The cast party after “Mamma Mia!” was fun; it felt like all the hard work had finally paid off.
The three most-played songs on your favorite playlist:
“Lightbringer” by Pentakill, “Legend” by Tevvez and “Dynasties and Dystopia” by Denzel Curry