I Want to be a 'President Astronaut', Amanda Nguyen
Leland Melvin, one of Amanda Nguyen's mentors at NASA, gave her advice that she would never forget.
- I have the great fortune of being with a wonderful community at NASA headquarters, where I worked. And I met another maker, Leland Melvin. He came up to me and was like, what do you want to be when you grow up? And I joked, I want to be President Astronaut. And he was like, oh yeah? Cool. Let's talk about that. I went to his office, and he delved into what are your plans to get there? And he really cared. And then he told me that he didn't think he would be an astronaut until another astronaut inspired him. I think it's so important that people, especially young people of color get support. And to have had that from Leland changed my life.