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Peace and Possibilities

Jul 8, 2020

Get ready to be blown away by a young lady who decided she wanted to become a pilot when she was 14, and then made it happen by the time she was 18!

Yes, you read that right!

“Do what you love, love what you, and have faith in your dreams,” urges my guest, Jessica Vargas, on this week's episode of the Peace & Possibilities podcast.

Growing up, she had a fascination with flying, and her parents supported her, showing her what was possible. 

She knew it would be a long road and it would take determination and hard work.  Just like the sacrifices her grandparents made to be sure she had opportunities.  She remembers how her grandmother felt seeing her celebrating her accomplishments, and "to see her pride in me was amazing!"  Staying focused and grounded was Jessica's way of making sure it would happen.

Reactions like this, made her realize that all of those sacrifices lifted her up and empowered her to keep going after her dreams.

And she's not stopping anytime soon.  She'll be attending flying school in the fall, and she wants to be a commercial pilot someday.  I don't doubt for one second, that she will.

With very special, young people like Jessica, our future is bright. (And thank goodness for parents like hers, that are showing our kids just what's possible, no matter how old you are). THANK YOU!

Jessica Vargas is a recent high school graduate attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the fall; she’s a graduate of Tuskegee Next class of 2019, and works as a ground instructor at Illinois Aviation Academy. She currently has her Private Pilot Certificate as well as her Advanced Ground Instructor Certificate.