Connor Peth

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Influential Historical Figure

            Sally Ride was the first American woman astronaut to enter space. She was born on May 26, 1951 in Los Angeles. Growing up there were few role models for Sally to model her future career after. She attended Stanford University where she graduated with a degree in physics and English. She continued her study of physics at Stanford and attained a Ph.D. in 1978. After her graduation she was selected from 1,000 other applicants for NASA’s astronaut program. While training in the program she faced criticism and sexism both from within NASA and from the media. She was one of only five women in the astronaut program. The rest of the future astronauts were men and typically ex-fighter pilots. Ride was not the first woman in space, two Russian women had achieved the feat before her, but the American press was uninterested in their accomplishment. The press began asking Ride and the other women now seemingly senseless questions like how they expected to go to the bathroom or merely function in space. Despite the questioning of her capabilities, she became the first American woman in space on June 18, 1983.

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

For my service-learning opportunity I volunteered at Via, a local senior citizen program that enables seniors an opportunity to have fun, socialize, exercise, and be mobile. Via was a great place to volunteer at because the people there were very friendly, genuine, and fun. I liked serving at Via more than some of the other service sites I have volunteered at in the past because the atmosphere was very welcoming.