How does someone go from sleeping in a car to seeking a Ph.D.?
You'd have to ask Andrew Daniel Rocha.
Andrew doesn't seem as amazed by his path from disadvantaged East Los Angeles kid to NASA intern, MIT lab rat, and professional student. He's the one living it.
"I didn't realize it until talking to you right now, but [my path has been] about gaining the courage to be proactive," Andrew says. "Even though it's extremely hard, it's important to take a proactive approach, and ask yourself tough questions. If you see a train wreck months or years ahead of you, plan for it."
That's just what he did, time and again.