I take pride in writing about this 32-year-old woman, who is inspiring millions across the globe.
From being a doctor in Canada's Alberta University Hospital to being a singer, author, international Taekwon-do champion and even trained in Muay Thai with a Navy SEAL, she dons many hats. And now she was said to have achieved another feather in her cap. Interestingly as per the reports making rounds of the internet, after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, Dr. Shawna Pandya was to become the third woman of Indian origin to visit the space.
But is she actually all set to engrave India's name in the space as well?
Firmly believes 32-year old Shawna, who was born and raised in Canada, but has her roots in Mumbai, India. She is a graduate in neuroscience from the University of Alberta and also holds a post-graduate degree in space sciences, which she accomplished from International Space University. That is not it, she is also an MD in medicine from theUniversity of Alberta.
Dr. Shawna denies topping the Citizen Science Astronaut (CSA) Program and getting shortlisted among 32,000 people who enrolled for it.
Shawna posted this piece of information on her official facebook account. Which clearly depicts that her alleged visit to the space in the year 2018 is nothing more than a rumour.
Pandya is currently in Mumbai and spending a quality time, in their Mahalaxmi home. While talking to Hindustan Times, Shawna said being an astronaut has been a passion since she was a teen. And she believes that "If you prioritise your passions and commitments, it's wonderful how much you can achieve."
She has also worked as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, walked the runway as a model and given a TEDx talk about resilience. She is a trained multilingual person, who knows French, Spanish and Russian.
Shawna has been meeting resident doctor and students. She has been giving motivational talks to them and is highly impressed to see immense potential in students here. Sharing her experience, Shawna said, "On Tuesday, I met students from Lilavatibai Podar High School. The questions they asked me were brilliant, right from zero-gravity experiences to outer space."
"When I talk to students, medical undergraduates, I realise they have the zeal to venture out, but aren't always aware of the ways in which they can. All we need is to get acquainted with everyday developments in science, be resilient and always try to achieve something bigger."