Alena Wicker, who is just 12 years old, is expected to begin college at Arizona State University, where she will study astronomy and planetary science as well as chemistry. She aspires to work for NASA as an engineer one day.
“I’ve always wanted to be an engineer because I’ve always enjoyed working with buildings,” Alena told 11Alive about her ambition to work for NASA.
It had been her dream since she was four years old, when she was making NASA-sized Legos.
Daphne McQuarter, her mother, said, “She just had a knack for numbers, Lego, and science, so I started cultivating that gift.”
Alena started following her dream after finishing high school through homeschool lessons, and she will begin classes at ASU this summer. She plans to graduate from high school at the age of 16.
“By the time I graduate college, I’ll be driving in one of those potential space mobiles,” Alena said, adding that she wants to create rovers that could be sent to other planets as well.
Alena is still very involved on her Facebook page, where she hopes to start a podcast to document her journey.
“I’m just making plans as I go.” It makes no difference what your age is or what you want to do. “Go for it, dream big, and then do it,” she advised.