Have you ever come across a word and thought, yes! that’s exactly what I am?

That word for me is “monomaniac”.

Ever since I was 5 years old, I’ve been pathologically obsessed with space. Not a single day goes by where I don’t daydream about our future in that inky black void. It’s something I’m reminded about every time I go out at night because the first thing I do is look up.

It started out as just a pure fascination with what’s beyond, but now my relationship with space is far more emotional and connected to a deep unexplainable love for space. I’m not sure what it is that makes me so obsessed. Maybe it’s the drive to discover and explore, or maybe it’s feeling of knowing that I’m insignificant compared to what’s out there, or maybe it’s the feeling of knowing I’m significant because I get to be a part of what’s out there.

In the infinite possible futures for humanity, one of them involves us becoming a space faring civilization and harnessing the power of the solar system.

If humans do end up having a future in space, I want to look back during the end of my life and say “I helped make that happen”. That’s all. That’s what drives me. (that and wanting to look at Jupiter up close).

The other thing you should know about me is my love for scuba diving and travelling. Maybe the central theme is a love for exploration. I’ve always had wildly ambitious goals when it came to things I wanted to do with space, and now I also have a goal of travelling to 100 countries before I turn 30.

Currently I’m an Engineering Physics student at Queen’s University. I’m also the Propulsion Lead at the Queen’s Rocket Engineering Team where I lead a team to develop the university’s first hybrid rocket engine.