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Roma's Lydia Drabsch is aiming for the stars

FLYING HIGH: Roma’s Lydia Drabsch has made another step on the path to becoming an astronaut.
FLYING HIGH: Roma’s Lydia Drabsch has made another step on the path to becoming an astronaut.

MOST people try to reach for the stars in their chosen careers, but with Roma's Lydia Drabsch, the expression is quite literal.

The 22-year-old, currently doing two degrees and four majors at the University of Sydney, will be one of just 30 people attending the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program in Adelaide next month.

Ms Drabsch, a former St John's student, said the opportunity was just the next logical step for her to follow her dream of being an astronaut.

"It starts in January and is for undergraduates, graduates and professionals," she said.

"It's inter-disciplinary, so there are engineers, scientists and lawyers."

Having grown up with a high work ethic and exceptional grasp on mathematics, physics and general science, Ms Drabsch said her dream to become an astronaut began when she first flew in a plane.

"My parents took us on a surprise visit to Brisbane and I was just glued to the window," she said. "I loved learning maths and science so when I was in Year 11 I thought what is stopping me from dreaming of this?

"That's one of the main reasons I'm going to Adelaide, because it will give me the direction to help me decide that path."

While she will still need further qualifications and experience to further her dream, she said St John's, and in particular maths teacher Ross Penrose, helped shape her future prospects.

"Mr Penrose would always push me - he sat me down and said you could be better than just a maths teacher, which is what I was also considering," she said.

She also thanked the Roma Masonic Lodge and Joan Pascoe for giving her the Ralph Pascoe Bursary several years ago.

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