India Jackson, a graduate of physics at Georgia State University, got a step closer to her dream of working for NASA when she came to a prestigious summer training at the agency's field center in Houston.
However, there was a problem: the cost. Jackson, who is also a single mother, would have to pay for her own trip, residence, and other expenses associated with the internship … something she didn't know she could afford under Atlanta Journal Constitution .
"I have to pay rent in two places now, I have to rent a car, I have food, I have my child. What should I do?" She asked and told the news her thoughts at that time.
Her cousin went in and suggested trying to get money through a GoFundMe campaign. There Jackson got a fatigue of love and support from people who didn't even know her.
Within a day, these full strangers took $ 8,51
"It really took me off. It was amazing and it was overwhelming, and I was just blown away," she said.
The money will cover round trip tickets to Houston for mother and daughter duo, one Airbnb, car rental, summer membership / activities at Boys and Girls Club and other miscellaneous expenses.
And just as it was, Jackson was prepped and ready to embark on a life-changing 10-week experience, where she will analyze high intensity radiation events and predict sunspots.
"I'm just blessed to live in a time where everything is technically driven, and this GoFundMe account could reach people around the world to help my cause," she added.
Jackson has always wanted to work for NASA, but beyond that, her dreams are expanding even more. When she finishes her doctorate, she hopes one day to enter space.
"I want to go to the International Space Station," she told AJC . "People think I'm crazy. … They think it's impossible, but people also thought it was impossible to do the things I've done so far."