9-Year-Old Applied For A Job At NASA And Received An Incredible Response
We don't know which is more amazing—the boy's application or NASA's response!
Nine-year-old Jack Davis has big dreams. He applied to work for NASA as a fourth-grader because that’s what you do when you’re passionate about space and your sister already calls you an “alien” anyway, right? Absolutely!
What’s even better than the sheer courage it took for Jack to apply for the planetary protection position is the fact that NASA responded to his inquiry.
“My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job,” Jack’s letter read. “I may be nine but I think I would be fit for the job. One of the reasons is my sister says I am an alien. Also, I have seen almost all the space and alien movies I can see.”
He’s already got the “highlight your qualifications” portion of the job application process down pat!
He went on, “I have also seen the show ‘Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and hope to see the movie ‘Men in Black.’ I am great at video games. I am young so I can learn to think like an Alien.”
He’s got some real potential, as you can see. He signed the letter, “Jack Davis, Guardian of the Galaxy.”
Upon reading this handwritten letter, NASA responded. The Planetary Science Division Director wrote, “I hear you are a “Guardian of the Galaxy” and that you’re interested in being a NASA Planetary Protection Officer. That’s great!”
The director went on to explain the position in more detail and ended the letter on a hopeful note: “We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school. We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days!”
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NASA’s Planetary Research Director, Jonathan Rall, even called Jack to thank him for applying for the position. We’re guessing that is a call the little boy will remember for the rest of his life!
NASA shared the correspondence to social media, and the post has caused quite the frenzy. People responded to the post, writing, “That’s the NASA I grew up with. Encouraging kids and thinking ahead….”
And if we’ve learned anything from little Jack — it’s never to give up on your dreams!
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Gap CEO Responds To Little Girl’s Demand For Cool Shirts
This isn’t the first time kids have gotten responses from big organizations about serious matters, either. The CEO of The Gap, Inc., wrote back to Alice Jacob when she asked for a wider selection of girls’ clothing (that isn’t just “pink and princesses”). Here’s the original letter dated March 3, 2017 and shared to Biedex Trading’s Facebook page:
These examples prove that it’s never too soon to start standing up for what you believe in and being an advocate for yourself and showcasing your talent. If these kids can do it — so can you!