"Most important is that the decisions I made in my professional career were not toward a specific goal but because I loved what I was doing at the time."
"The NASA mission has always inspired me because I have a great desire to help further our understanding of the world we live in and the universe."
"I've done my best along the way to always take advantage of the opportunities I was given, to put the team first, and to do my absolute best at whatever my job was... ."
"This was the moment that I had been working toward since high school and it was hard to believe it had arrived."
"It was an honor just to be considered -- to get to participate in the selection process with amazing people from all over the country."
"I think this is a thrilling time to be part of the space program, and I feel very fortunate to be starting as an Astronaut Candidate at this particular time."
"I planned an education and training path focused on my interests, which included science, engineering, and flying… and then stuck to it."
"I suppose I've been successful by looking for opportunities to do things I enjoy, yet being mature enough to appreciate how fortunate I am, even when in a miserable situation."
"When I saw my first space shuttle launch from the side of a road in Cocoa Beach in 2001, my ambition was sealed."