Student Blog: An Eagle's Life
By Ava Thienel, rising seventh-grader
We all have role models, maybe even more than one, but given the chance to meet one in real life can be a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. It happened to me. On May 14th, I got the chance to meet Buzz Aldrin, the second man ever to walk on the moon. Only 12 astronauts have ever walked the moon’s surface. Buzz Aldrin was here in town, signing his new book “No Dream is Too High.” It’s a spectacular book of life lessons and stories told by Buzz. I waited three hours before the book signing started. I would have had to wait a while longer ( I was about 320th in line out of 800+ people waiting) when I stepped out of line just to get a peek of the legendary astronaut. While peeking, I caught the eye of an official near Buzz Aldrin (most likely because I was wearing my NASA space suit that I received from my times of Space Camp in Huntsville, AL). They gave me entrance to see him, talk to him, and get my book signed by him right then and there! No waiting in line! I eagerly had pictures taken with him and introduced myself. I ran with this opportunity of a lifetime and asked him if he had any advice for me, an aspiring astronaut. He replied, “Keep a widespread of options to your eye. It is okay if you find something more interesting than space because it will always have a special place in your heart.” I also told him that I aspired to go to the moon or to Mars and he said, “Your generation will probably go to Venus!”
When I left with my signed books, good advice, and memories of meeting a hero of the space traveling generation, I had the biggest smile on my face. I will never forget that moment of talking to my role model. I will be eternally grateful. Thank you Buzz Aldrin for making a dream come true and for being an inspiration to all.
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