“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.” -1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)
I think of this excerpt from the Bible as the most important quote for me because it shows the roots of my beliefs. Being raised in a Christian family, my central belief of my faith was the fact that Jesus Christ had died for my sins. The fact of confessing that you yourself is the worst sinner is a way of lowering yourself before others and God. It confesses that you are a sinner, and a bad one, too. If everybody were to confess in this manner, our world would be a very different environment.
I have this really weird philosophical side of wondering what the meaning of life is. I’ve always questioned it, so it’s really satisfying to learn about a theory of what happens in the supernatural side. Everybody will wonder about the “afterlife” once in their lifetime. They will wonder whether it’s the stereotypical heaven of a world on clouds above the Earth, or a land exactly equal to ours in a parallel universe. There have been many hypotheses as to what happens after a person dies, but nobody has been able to somehow come back from the dead and explain what happened. It’s one of the subjects mankind will have a difficult time understanding which greatly intrigues me.
Astronomy is a key component and aspect of my studies. Becoming an elite astronomer at NASA is my final goal, and I am hoping to achieve this goal at all costs. This naturally makes academics a high priority for me. Every time a news article appears explaining the wonders that astronomers discover, it brings me joy to discover and endeavour. When I saw the news article about the Rosetta spacecraft colliding with the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, it was the only thing I could focus on. I had been waiting for the collision to happen, and it felt as though I was in the ESA watching the collision. Also, when I saw the solar system exiting of the Voyager 1 spacecraft, I literally began jumping. Sure, it gave me weird looks from my peers, but for a moment 40 years in the making, it was enough for me to ignore the looks.