Serena Auñón, the second woman to become a NASA astronaut, has become an inspiration for many Latino high school students in Virginia. According to an article by Hispanic Business, Auñón recently spoke to approximately 100 students at the Hispanic College Institute at Virginia State University.
The institute is designed to “help students get their first taste of college life while learning how to take the next steps on their educational paths.” Auñón visited the institute to speak to students about careers in the science and technology industries, as well as educate them about the many career opportunities at NASA.
Auñón, who graduated with an engineering degree from George Washington University, hopes to inspire Hispanic high school students to strive for success like she did. “We help show them how to apply to college and we help show them that it is possible.”
(Photo by NASA:2Explore via Flickr)