Gandhi, Mother Teresa my role models: Sunita Williams
ON the second day of her visit to the state, US astronaut Sunita Williams inspired thousands of students at Science City in Ahmedabad and Karnavati Knowledge in Gandhinagar village Friday. Sharing her experiences with them, the astronaut also mentioned that after her parents, she considers Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa as her role models.
Motivating students to follow their dreams without any regret and worry even if they are not too sure about their career, she gave her own example saying when she was a child she wanted to be a veterinarian like her father Deepak Pandya but ended up as an astronaut.
While interacting with students of an institute near Gandhinagar in the morning, she shared that despite her parents from two very different backgrounds, are her real heroes. "Growing up in an Indian family, I have heard a lot about Gandhi, Independence and Partition. Thus, I draw motivation from him. Similarly, my mother being a Christian, I find another role model in Mother Teresa," she said.
After taking a round at the hall of space at the Science City, she met students who had gathered from different city schools and nearby areas.
"The reason I am here and at other cities and meeting as many students as possible is that I want you all to be a part of the next space missions. I am sure you can contribute to the expeditions that will continue for years in the future," she said. To a question asked by a student if there is any evidence of life in the space Sunita replied modestly, "With so many stars and galaxies, it would be very arrogant to say that only we are the lucky ones here. I am sure there would be one with similar chemical composition like ours."