Hello! My name is Joalda Morancy (they/them), 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, astronautics, and space architecture. I really enjoy studying our solar system and learn about how all of it formed. I also love space exploration and am constantly seeking out ways to improve it and how it'll look like in the near future. Along with that, I'm passionate about learning how to build structures in space and on other celestial bodies that can support human life! It's my dream one day to build a space habitat that actual people will live in so they can survive the harsh environment of outer space and other planets!
I love doing science communication to the general public, and especially younger kids. As someone who is Black, queer, trans, and a 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. This is something that I didn't have growing up, so I feel this responsibility to change that for others in similar situations!
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 new worlds and new environments, hopefully even walking on another planet in the near future.
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 something along the lines of bioastronautics and space architecture!