Meet the 22-Year-Old College Undergrad Who Is Making NASA History

Tiera Guinn is a Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer for the Space Launch System that aerospace company, Boeing, is building for NASA, The Huffington Post reports.

Guinn is 22 years old and still in college.

"One day I saw a plane fly by and I just had this realization, 'Huh, I can design planes. I'm going to be an aerospace engineer,'" Guinn tells The Huffington Post.

Guinn's mother noticed her early brilliance and aimed to instill a sense of independence and confidence in her learning. She put her to work by age six, collecting and organizing coupons for the supermarket, having her calculate the total, including tax once at the register.

Committed to pursuing a higher education, Guinn commuted an hour each day to the high school that would best ensure her a brighter future.

The MIT undergrad is set to graduate with a 5.0 GPA with a message for all young girls:

"You have to look forward to your dream and you can't let anybody get in the way of it," she told The Huffington Post. "No matter how tough it may be, no matter how many tears you might cry, you have to keep pushing. And you have to understand that nothing comes easy. Keeping your eyes on the prize, you can succeed."

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