She’s Starting College at Age 12, With Plans to Be a NASA Engineer

Over the course of the pandemic, the landscape of education has drastically changed, but that hasn’t kept one brilliant girl whose dreams have never been earthbound from reaching for the stars.

While most pre-teens are navigating the challenges of middle school, at age 12, Alena Analeigh has already earned her high school diploma and is set to attend Arizona State University via remote learning in May.

With a planned double major in astronomical/planetary science and chemistry, Alena’s goal is to become a NASA engineer by the time she’s 16, where she hopes to employ her extraordinary skills to build rovers like the ones sent to Mars on missions.

“I’ll be driving one of those future space mobiles by the time I graduate…

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