Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Kayleigh and I go to Martensville High School. I am plains Cree from Onion Lake Cree Nation. I enjoy things like theatre, drawing, and almost anything that lets me be creative. I also have grown quite a love for science, specifically chemistry. I’ve tried a few school clubs and came to love our small choir. I also love creating content, whether it be short videos like edited video game content, or even short animations. I’m passionate about sharing my joy with others in hopes it will make them happy too!

Q: Why do you want to participate in the Shad program/ What are you most looking forward to?

This summer, I am looking forward to experiencing a new level of independence. I love science but I haven’t had many people around me who share my passion. I believe Shad will help me meet new people with similar interests. I am also excited to get a taste of what university life could possibly be like.

Q: What motivates or sparks your curiosity in STEAM and/or entrepreneurship?   

Astronomy is my favourite branch of science. As a kid I’ve dreamed of being an astronaut, which slowly phased into becoming an astrophysicist as I got older. I’ve always been fascinated by all the things we don’t know about our universe, like extraterrestrial life, dark energy, and even the simple concept of time can be bent by different celestial bodies and we still aren’t to sure about it. I love learning and knowing things.

Q: How do you envision your future?

After high school, I want to go to postsecondary to study either astrophysics, or illustration. Growing up I’ve always been torn between my two passions, astronomy and animation. If I choose to go into arts, I would love to be a concept and character designer. My interests in each field are driven by my creativity and desire to create, and my curiosity and eagerness to learn. I hope to find a way to satisfy both of these passions.

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