Magdalena Sarna’s fascination with airplanes and how they are able to stay in the sky has inspired her to study engineering.

“I have always had a love for planes because I traveled every two years to visit my family in another country,” she said. “I sat at the window seat of the plane near the wings and each time I would look out the window I would be amazed at how this large plane is able to stay in the air.”

She’s also been curious about how the parts of the wings move when the plane lands or takes off. “It fascinates me,” Magdalena said. And now, she hopes to work in a career in aerospace. “It can be working at an airport, working for Boeing or even working at NASA someday.”

Magdalena is getting her education off the ground at Moraine Valley—a choice she made because of the Engineering Pathways program. “This program made it easier to attend college to study engineering instead of paying a lot more money at a four-year university right away. The Pathways program is a good stepping stone to transition into engineering—and into adulthood. I’m still at home, but learning everything a student at a university would be learning.”

Upon graduation from Moraine Valley, Magdalena will transfer as a junior into the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.