I’m a junior at Rochester Institute of Technology,
where I traveld from Rapid City, SD to study Imaging
and Photographic Technology. I was always good at
science in school, but when it came time to apply
to colleges, I found that the art of photography
was my bigger interest. So…I made a compromise;
the Imaging and Photographic Technology major combines
a professional photography program with specialized
education in technical, industrial, and scientific
environments. Photographers know how to use all
their imaging equipment, but we tech students also
know how it all works.
Astronomical Images have always fascinated me.
I had the childhood dream of becoming an astronaut
or working for NASA, and while I no longer want
to be a test pilot to follow my dreams, I can still
get there through imaging. I did my own small astrophotography
project for a photo class, and then discovered the
Hubble Heritage Project and STScI while looking
for information on how the actual images from Hubble
are made. I jumped at the chance to see the Heritage
team’s work at the Images from Science exhibit
held at RIT, and met some members of the team. Shortly
there after I decided to start working toward an
astronomy minor at RIT.
I have played the cello for 11 years, and added
rowing to my list of extracurricular activities
the fall of my freshman year. I’ve been a
member of the women’s varsity 8 boat and RIT
crew for 2 years and counting. I’m excited
for fall, when I will get back on the water with
my team and help with RIT’s new student orientation.
Right now I’m trying to learn all I can about
astronomy and images from Hubble.
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