Hello! My name is Joalda "J.D." Morancy (she/her), and I am currently a third-year Geophysical Sciences and Astronomy & Astrophysics major at the University of Chicago.
I am super interested in planetary science, climate change, and astronautics. It is my dream to study our solar system and learn about how all of it formed. In addition to that, I'm terrified by the current state of our planet and want to learn more about the ways that climate change is affecting our home. I also love space exploration and am constantly seeking out ways to improve it and how it'll look like in the near future.
I love doing science communication to the general public, and especially younger kids. As a black, queer woman and first-generation, low-income (FGLI) student, I feel a need to inspire POC kids who come from similar backgrounds to want to do STEM and at the same time believe in themselves to do it. I really would like to help be a spokesperson for the underrepresented in the field of STEM, specifically the space industry. I want to continue to promote more diversity in space in order to not only have current professionals believe in this change and make it happen but also to have people like me believe that they can be a part of this change.
It is my goal to become an astronaut one day and walk on another planet, hopefully Mars! Even though I have always loved science as a young kid, space is something I became interested in when I was 15, a sophomore in high school. It was this simple video of astronaut Chris Hadfield making a sandwich in space that kickstarted everything, and I have been hooked ever since. I'm hoping that one day, my life can lead to me exploring the cosmos and learning more about the universe around us.
For now, though, I am trying my best to finish up college and get experience, and then hopefully going onto graduate school to get a Ph.D. focusing on either planetary science, climate change, or maybe even a combination of both!