My name is Alexis - I am a twenty-year-old female in my second year of a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Sociology - I believe that there is an infinite love and curiosity for the design and fundamentals, in which, we consider to be the internal and external mechanisms within various sorts of aerodynamic machinery. As Leonardo Da Vinci once put it, "Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always return." In other words, the experience of aviation enlivens, and, or generates the predisposition to remain in flight. Moreover, there is a sense of victory and freedom that is withheld from us until we challenge the limitations of gravity. For this reason, I find myself, not only passionate, but grateful for the impossibilities and boundaries the aviation industry has helped us to surpass. Among other things, I find flight to be much like my life and the lives around me - many things that we long to do are musings dreamed up in a fools paradise - somewhat impossible and intimidating. However, with some infrastructure and groundwork, something that was once treated as irrational and fictional, can become one of realities most appreciated and sought after experience. Other things I should mention: I live a faith-based life, and am openly gay. In the past, my sexual orientation was cryptic and barricaded behind an autogenetic identity that was influenced by the socially-constructed view of homosexuality being taboo and a spiritual struggle. In part, this view was due to the many ill-advised Christian remodels, within, as I would recognize, a microcosmic community based solely off of fear, apathy, and uneducated (maybe even ignorant) interpretations of the bible. In truth, their rejection brought me much pain. However, I found the influence of their beliefs being challenged by more accepting and intelligible christians (as well as many other people with different views on religion). These people helped me to take flight - allowing me to see the world from a much larger perspective. Helping me to see the beauty and chaos from a height that allows me to see the bigger picture. In conclusion, I'm loved. You're loved. We're all loved. Exclusion/condemnation is unnecessary for those intending to do know harm. And if we can defy gravity, the possibilities, in time, are endless.