Filipina Engineer who now works at NASA, shares her struggles before reaching her dreams

When we were younger, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ is probably the most-asked question to us. For some kids, they might say the usual big dreams of becoming a doctor or a teacher. While many five-year-olds have established their dream profession, Josephine Santiago-Bond took the more practical approach. Now working in NASA, the Filipina engineer admitted that growing up, she didn’t really have a particular profession in mind.

“As a child, I always knew I would go to college, get a job, try to earn enough to afford the things I need and want, but I had not envisioned a particular profession.”

She was raised by her Filipino parents in the country, where she grew up surrounded by medical professionals. But unlike her parents, Josephine took up Electronics and Communications Engineering course at the University of the Philippines. During her college years, she admitted that she had struggled with mathematics but, this didn’t stop her from chasing her dreams.

After getting her bachelor’s degree, Josephine flew abroad to take her Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at the South Dakota State University. Soon after this, she was given a chance to land a summer job at the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

Josephine then fell in love with her job and the people around her. Luckily, she was able to get the position permanently and even became the department head of Advanced Engineering Development Branch. 

Many people were definitely amazed by her story. Some of them even praised her for having the perseverance to reach her dreams and goals in life.

Check out some of their sentiments here:

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