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12-year-old girl to start college this year, dream of working for NASA when she's 16

 While some of us are struggling on Math, this 12-year-old girl from Arizona is taking the next giant leap in her educational journey. 

Alena Wicker is well on her way to achieving her dreams at Arizona State University. She graduated from sophomore this year and she's going to start her college classes this summer with a goal to work for NASA as an engineer.  

“I just had a goal that I wanted to get to,” Alena said. “I always dreamed of being an engineer because throughout my life, I liked building.”

Her love for building Lego started when she was an infant.

“At 4 years old, she said, ‘Mommy, I’m going to work for NASA, and I’m going to go up there.’ She would point to the stars,” said her mother, Daphne McQuarter. “She just had a gift for numbers and Legos and science, so I started nurturing that gift.”

Alena plans to take up double major in astronomical and planetary science and chemistry. If all goes well, she'll be done with college at 16 and off to NASA that same year. 

“I’ll be driving one of those future space mobiles by the time I graduate college,” Alena said. “It doesn’t matter what your age is or what you’re planning to do. Go for it, dream, then accomplish it.”

In a media interview, Alena even shared that her main goal is to build a space equipment - just like the MArs Perseverance Rover.

"It doesn't matter what your age or what you're planning to do," Alena remarked. Go for it, dream, then accomplish it."

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