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Williams Field grad lands job at NASA

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Williams Field grad lands job at NASA
Williams Field High School and Coronado Elementary School alumnus Christian Castro is now NASA’s newest microbiologist, less than a year after earning his master’s degree.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Castro said of the day he learned he landed his dream job. “It was pure joy and excitement. I was really happy and taken aback.”
Stationed at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Castro will primarily study samples collected by astronauts to prevent and check for bacterial infections. In this role, he will help maintain the safety of space exploration.
Castro said turning the chance to support NASA from a dream to reality was a result of his clear passions. Displaying his desire to work in microbiology, his passion for the field quickly landed him a competitive research position at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute when he was an undergrad. This led him closer to his long-time goal of working for NASA.
“I’ve always been in love with space and exploration,” Castro said.
While Castro didn’t find his specific interest in working for NASA until college, he said his education at Williams Field was the foundation for his achieving mindset. This foundation helped him build upon his interest for and engagement in math and science.
“Everything nurtured my mind to think outside the box and to not let anything stop me,” Castro said.
By May 2016, just five years after his Williams Field graduation, Castro had already earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in microbiology, thanks to Arizona State University’s 4+1 accelerated degree program
For students who seek their own dream jobs, Castro suggests working with their high school career centers, which helped him receive scholarships that launched him to success at ASU. In addition, he said working hard will pay off in the end, even when classes are difficult.
“You have to keep working toward it,” Castro said. “You have to stick it out. Keep your head down and hit the books.”