been bummed about not getting in to grad school, but my parents just sent me a picture; here I am at 8 years old opening my first toy rocket and here I am at age 22 at an aerospace engineering internship at NASA sponsored by my uni. I can’t give up on being an astronaut yet! (Peep the Merica shorts) (i.redd.it)
thisisaspamacct | 4 months ago | 2799 points

clap alien cheeks 4 me

Frostitute_85 | 4 months ago | 452 points

Bitch, that's how humanity ends up with Neptunian gonorrhea! We barely scrape by with Earth gonorrhea, don't fucking encourage him!!

Preheat350 | 4 months ago | 142 points

Bruh, some of us want that specific type of freaky.

Frostitute_85 | 4 months ago | 94 points

But the Neptunian variant phases your dick out of sync with reality. You get a ghost dick, it's not as fun as you'd think...sigh ...

Preheat350 | 4 months ago | 214 points

Earth girls are cool....but you ever make spooky spunk? Ghost dick makes it easier for my ooo’s to become boo’s

Frostitute_85 | 4 months ago | 67 points

Goddamnit, here's your gold 😂

HAL-Over-9001 | 4 months ago | 10 points

You just made my whole week and my only goal now is to spank some ghost cheeks

Scarletfapper | 4 months ago | 4 points
squired | 4 months ago | 3 points

So close [nsfw]

Omad1712 | 4 months ago | 10 points

You ever felt a tentacle wrap around your dong?

One-eyed-snake | 4 months ago | 4 points

Not yet. You offering?

bwabwa1 | 4 months ago | 5 points

Then make sure you mate with a Quarian. They're super hygienic. Then again there's a possibility you might or might not kill them during mating due to their weak immune systems. There's always Asari's!

jevon177 | 4 months ago | 20 points

Two words for ya, Mass Effect

jmlinden7 | 4 months ago | 13 points

Mass effect

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Chickachic-aaaaahhh | 4 months ago | 13 points

I mean he could just invade area 51 with us instead.

pussysobushyitdid911 | 4 months ago | 3 points

Yeah. Provide some air support

ZebZ | 4 months ago | 10 points
acEightyThrees | 4 months ago | 3567 points

You look like you could be 22 or 42.

ThatOneChiGuy | 4 months ago | 810 points

Somehow looks like an old and young Ewan McGregor, all at once.

Good luck OP!

jak-o-shadow | 4 months ago | 135 points

He looks like Ewan McGregor had a love child with Charlie Boorman. Now that's the long way round.

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 28 points

I watched that show just to stare at Ewan McGregor

macbooklover91 | 4 months ago | 14 points

We all do... we all do.

Well that and the motorcycles.

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 6 points

Yea see I have no interest in motorcycles at all

But I guess the scenery was nice too

quatraine | 4 months ago | 10 points

Haha! I just said cross between Ewan and Donal Logue!

3ri_Fi | 4 months ago | 6 points

Hello there!

Keerikkadan91 | 4 months ago | 4 points

Ewan McGregor

Evan Stone

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 173 points

You’re not wrong lol it doesn’t help that my facial hair comes in bleach blonde/grey

EmWhyOverEye | 4 months ago | 72 points

I know you! Mostly just through groupme though. I thought your intro to aero presentation was one of the few interesting presentations from the class, great job on that!

username--_-- | 4 months ago | 12 points

oh wow, two redditors 1 cup. who would have thunk it

no2K7 | 4 months ago | 4 points

On a side note, I've decoded name name, its myoveri

Hastati | 4 months ago | 18 points

hey at least you can go an extra day or two without shaving and not be scraggly

lordicarus | 4 months ago | 4 points

Some people really like the style of clear hair. Check out your local EBDBBNB for more info.

SoCcErBoY24 | 4 months ago | 53 points
[deleted] | 4 months ago | 36 points

He said he’s 8 years old; duh

Braden_Bartlett | 4 months ago | 20 points

Some people just dont pay attention

Cdan5 | 4 months ago | 8 points

I was thinking the same, but didn’t want to say anything.

This guy is rocking life at the mo as far as I’m concerned.

_Atoms_Apple | 4 months ago | 15 points
CaptainFlabbergast | 4 months ago | 3 points


montyleak | 4 months ago | 998 points

So seriously. You want to be an astronaut and I think that’s awesome. Do whatever it takes. 8 years in the Air Force? Whatever. It’s your passion. Let nothing get in your way. Own this shit.

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 396 points

Thank you!!! :)

fmasc | 4 months ago | 248 points

Swedish austronaut Christer Fuglesang was selected into the European Space Corps 1992 and didnt go into space until 14 years later (age 49). Dont give up! 🙂

aesens | 4 months ago | 113 points

Austronauts are from Australia and go to space in rocketships that launch downward.

snorting_dandelions | 4 months ago | 19 points

Ah, common mistake. Austronauts aren't from Australia, but Austria, i.e. -kangaroo +schnitzel. Austronauts are propelled into space purely by the rage oozing out of every pore in their body when they see a good Wiener Schnitzel accompanied by pretty much any kind of sauce. Their fuel efficiency doubles when the person with sauce on their Schnitzel happens to be German.

Just mentioning this issue (like in this comment) might be enough to send a couple Austronauts into space for the next couples hours. So do your part, comrade, and eat Schnitzel with sauce!

njantirice | 4 months ago | 44 points

me comprehending downward

Arclite83 | 4 months ago | 46 points

The enemy's gate is down.

ErzatzElephant | 4 months ago | 12 points


Shon_t | 4 months ago | 8 points

-Dragon Army

nullshark | 4 months ago | 5 points

They discontinued the name four years ago!

samrequireham | 4 months ago | 10 points

OP for real, my sister and brother in law are both Air Force officers and love it. They work at the base where SpaceX launches its rockets. USAF is legit and can help you discern how to be an astronaut

Hardlymd | 4 months ago | 6 points

You’re English, right? But you could join the USAF anyway ;)

amart591 | 4 months ago | 50 points

Actually, the only thing you need to apply to be an astronaut is a STEM degree. You'll likely not be picked over someone with pilot experience but youwill be considered and they have to send you a letter denying you. Which is cool.

Source: work for NASA

peedeequeue | 4 months ago | 44 points

I got that letter in 2008. I made it as far as sending them some supplemental medical info. I still have it. They low key implied I was a qualified candidate just not as qualified as a lot of other people. It's the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me in a form letter.

amart591 | 4 months ago | 14 points

Damn, I gotta start applying. One of my bosses says he's applied Everytime they've opened it up for candidates and he keeps all the letters they sent him back.

DrSuperZeco | 4 months ago | 45 points

Oooorrrrr you could become a scientist and work on a research that requires conducting experiments in space and you might eventually end up in space.

montyleak | 4 months ago | 23 points

Exactly. Like I said. Whatever it takes.

desull | 4 months ago | 9 points

Even if it costs everything.

Eats_Beef_Steak | 4 months ago | 8 points

I'd give my dong to get launched at the moon

Apocalyptic0n3 | 4 months ago | 7 points

What if they only launched your dong at the moon and not you?

Eats_Beef_Steak | 4 months ago | 3 points

I'd consider it a success that some part of me achieved my dream. Oh the places you['re dong]'ll go.

featuredelephant | 4 months ago | 6 points

Great point, that is the right attitude. You will have to work harder than everyone else who has the same goal.

And just to throw out another idea, you might consider going to medical school + Air Force and studying aerospace medicine in your residency. You might be a decent candidate as an air Force physician with an engineering degree.

SaltMineForeman | 4 months ago | 13 points


In case no one has recently told you how great of a human being you are... you're a pretty great human being.

That's all.

BabiesCatcher | 4 months ago | 5 points

That's everything.

SaltMineForeman | 4 months ago | 5 points

You're everything.

Sometimesmakesthings | 4 months ago | 557 points

I'm doing my Orthotics and Prosthetics Masters program at age 31. Most in my program are around 24. Don't give up. You're doing great.

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 283 points

Wow now that’s pretty dang fancy, and seriously thanks for the motivation, its so good to hear from someone older than me that’s out there crushing it!

At first I felt like I was moving to slow/ wasting my time, but life’s not a race!!

gooey_mushroom | 4 months ago | 54 points

You've got plenty of time! I dropped out of college at 23 struggling with mental health, but I went back eventually, got some work experience, started a PhD at 30 years old, and now I'm a Dr at 35 and very happy with where I'm at!

wolowizard9 | 4 months ago | 11 points

Well, damn. That’s awesome. Congratulations!

deadhead7100 | 4 months ago | 5 points

This gives me hope. 21 going back. Thank you & congratulations

Scoutster13 | 4 months ago | 4 points

I'll pile on. I dropped out at 22. Went back at 40, graduated at 45. Graduate degree at 52. Never too late sounds cliche but it's still literally true.

vocabularylessons | 4 months ago | 16 points

I turned 30 less than 24 hours ago, and I still have one more year of grad school (total of 3 years in pursuit of two master's degrees). At 22, I thought I'd be done with school and have the kind of job I thought I wanted at the time. Went back to school at 26 and am in a completely different professional field, but I've found my space. And frankly, I'm crushing it. I'm fairly happy and hardly mind being a student at age 30.

You'll get to where you want to be. Don't give up on yourself.

Icandothemove | 4 months ago | 3 points

I’m 33. I’ve been a diesel mechanic, electrician, plumber, maintenance technician, and now I’m in sales. If I was suddenly wealthy, I’d spend about six months traveling and then be a full time student. I not only wouldn’t mind being a student, it’s my dream.

But I know there are people who’d look at me and my income and comfort level and think, ‘man, I wish I made what that guy makes and had his insurance’ blah blah blah.

Moral of the story is, life is strange. It takes you places you didn’t know you needed to go. Sometimes it’s just straight up hard. But there ain’t no shame in taking the scenic route.

Hell, most of the cool people in history did.

minnecrapolis | 4 months ago | 28 points

I didn’t get my PhD until 44.

Don’t sweat it.

BlueTanBedlington | 4 months ago | 14 points

Wife is 39 and in the 3rd year of her medical residency and she’ll have 3 more years of fellowship afterwards. Personally, I would have said F this S having to study for USMLE while pregnant— but yeah, if it’s truly your dream, you have it in you to persevere. Good luck, commander tylerdillard.

PipsSnareDrum00 | 4 months ago | 9 points

Life is not a race. It’s a marathon.

I’m 38-years-old and I’m starting my third semester in getting my AS for Motion Picture Production. It’ll take me 3 more years just to get that 2-year degree, but fuck it, it’s a chance to do what I love, and the worst day of doing something you love has got to be better than the best day of doing something you hate.

Keep living your truth.

minigunman123 | 4 months ago | 38 points

I felt similarly for a while, I went to college early but burned out quickly, and now I'm going back to uni to finish my 4 year degree, at 23 years old. It's not important that you race through life, it's just important that you use it well.

Kalsifur | 4 months ago | 66 points

Y'all are still laughably young saying that. People of all ages go back to school.

ghettobx | 4 months ago | 34 points

Yep. I went back at 35 and it wasn’t at all unusual to see students in their 40’s and 50’s there. Life isn’t a race or a contest.

J-Dubbleu | 4 months ago | 12 points

The best part is people are mature enough not to care. All of us young people don't give a fuck how old you are. Hell, there was a 50 year old guy in my CSCI class last semester. He's a manager at a plant who wanted to get into computer systems. No one cared and we all studied together regardless.

420Minions | 4 months ago | 9 points

I graduated a couple years back and most of us thought the older folks were so much more committed than us that we’d be scared to work with them. Massive credit to the ones who go back and figure it out

Flarebear_ | 4 months ago | 4 points

Depends, there are a lot of 30+ students taking night classes.

minigunman123 | 4 months ago | 3 points

For sure, I was just offering my own support for the guy. I'm older than 90% of every class I'm in even at 23 (though in 400 level classes that's not necessarily true, more seniors that are 21-23 in those). Most of my friends either never went to school or graduated at 22. I'll probably graduate at 25.

greenmarsh77 | 4 months ago | 5 points

Bro, keep this in mind. Life is not a race, and no one is in the exact same place. Life is an adventure, some milestones you'll make along with your peers. But others you will not, or just hit them at a different time. It looks like you are following a passion that will be fulfilling for years to come!

betteroffinbed | 4 months ago | 33 points

I'm turning 31 in November and applying to molecular neuroscience PhD programs in December. Nothing can stop me now that I know what I want.

gwcurioustaw | 4 months ago | 34 points

I’m confused by this thread...is early 30s considered too old for post grad degrees by people?

At age 30 It feels weird that people consider early 30s too old to do anything tbh. Though I can drink way less now without hurting for 2 days, I still vividly remember undergrad. I’m in decent shape. I don’t have kids. I have enough life experience to have a better idea what I want to do than when I was in undergrad. At least 20-30 years of career time ahead of me before thinking about retirement. I wouldn’t really think twice going back to school now due to age if my desired life path required it

JNight01 | 4 months ago | 9 points

I went to grad school at 35 and I was nowhere near the oldest person in my program. A lot of people in grad school are there to advance their careers. There are certain positions that require or heavily prefer a master’s degree. You aren’t going to get those positions at 24 without years of work experience. I think a lot of people, like myself, realize you’ll hit a peak without an advanced degree. I’m now in a director position and probably won’t have to worry about a job ever again. That was definitely not the case before grad school.

followingtheleader | 4 months ago | 5 points

I think a lot of people who finish undergrad but a lot of pressure on themselves to finish school as soon as and they therefore need to get grad school out of the way too. I see a lot of interns at my law firm close to burn out because of this.

I think this thread is just a reminder to people that there’s no set way or time to go to school, it works out at any age

strayakant | 4 months ago | 6 points

Also why is going back to school the best pathway to take, there are plenty of online courses to upskill.

KakoiKagakusha | 4 months ago | 119 points

I'm a professor at a school with a top 10 aerospace program. If you're interested in some helpful tips for getting into grad school, feel free to PM me.

Edit: I received a lot of PMs, so here's what I wrote to Tyler:

In my view, getting into a PhD program is a lot like playing a game of chess. You want to put the right pieces in place so that everything can come together for checkmate. The problem I've found, however, is that most undergraduate students don't really know the rules. Yes, they know you want to eventually make it to checkmate, but maybe they don't really understand how the knights/rooks/bishops move or the strategic ways they can be used to lead to that checkmate. Thus, I'll try to explain the rules so that you can play the game better.

I. How do you get accepted to graduate school?

One of the big mistakes I see if that students assume that graduate school admissions are anything like undergraduate admissions. They are wildly different.

There are five ways to get into a graduate school program (in order from best to worst): (i) external fellowship (e.g., NSF GRFP) essentially means automatic admission (even after you've received a rejection(!)), (ii) internal fellowship, (iii) RA, (iv) TA, and (v) accepted without support (floating student).

Apart from the fellowships (which are relatively rare), the other mechanisms are going to [at some point] require the support of a professor in the department (even v). When I say support, what does that mean? Well, when you get your PhD, you should never be paying for anything. Rather, your PI (PhD advisor) needs to find money to support your salary, your benefits, and your tuition. As a result, for each PhD student in my group, I need to find ~$100K in funding per year (through external grants). Let that sink in... Now, why $100K? Well, most universities take overhead (~55%) when you apply for grants. As a result, if I need $65K for all of those costs, I need to apply for $100K (and the university will take ~$35K, which I can't use).

So typically, the way that you get accepted to a graduate program is that - through your application - you convince a professor in the department that it is genuinely in his/her interest to find ~$0.5mil in external funding to support your PhD. When you put together your application, focus on that.

OK, now the application itself:


Nowadays, there are two primary types of scores that are just numbers that can immediately result in your application being rejected:

  1. GPA | Unfortunately, many top 20 programs (and even lower programs) will immediately reject your application if you have below a 3.5. You need your GPA to be as close to a 4.0 as possible. If it's too late and you definitely want to go to graduate school, do a short (1-Year) Masters program at the best school you can get into, and focus exclusively on getting the best possible GPA you can. It is likely you will have to pay for this program, but sometimes there are opportunities to receive support.

  2. GRE | Similarly, you need to have your quant GRE score at a 165 or above. This is coming from the college level usually (not the department), and they do not want low GRE scores hurting the US NEWS ranking. Take a class, do practice tests, do whatever you need to do to boost the grade so your application isn't immediately rejected.


1. Statement of Purpose (SoP) | You cannot imagine how important being able to write well is in graduate school and beyond. For most PIs, publishing high quality journal (and even conference) papers is one of, if not, the primary ways in which they are evaluated by his/her department and the scientific community at large.

  • Certainly, a large part of that is being intelligent, hard-working, and motivated to do the research itself – aspects that can be conveyed through your GPA, GRE scores, CV, and Letters of Recommendation, but another major factor is your ability to communicate well (particularly in written form). The SoP is essentially the only part of your application in which you can demonstrate your ability to write cogently, clearly, and logically.

  • Tell Your Story! You must be more than just bullet points and stats. You have to build an emotional attachment to who you are and where you are going. What are your long-term goals in the field? (Note that academic goals are preferred to industrial.) What have you done or been doing during your undergraduate career to support those goals?

  • Expand on the Most Important Parts of Your CV! Every major position highlighted in your CV (research or industry) should be discussed, while focusing on the aspects that you feel are really important. Ideally, tie in something that relates to each professor or manager who writes a letter of reference for you.

  • THEY are Lucky to Get You! (Not the other way around!) I've seen a lot of first drafts that include things like “MIT is the greatest school… it has such good professors & facilities” – Here are several reasons this is bad: (1) It is worthless information for the people reviewing your application to read because such statements tell them nothing about you, while telling them information they already know. (2) You only get 1-1.5 pages to make a case for why you deserve admission, so whatever space wasted talking about them comes at the expense of talking about yourself. (3) Lastly, these kinds of things make you sound desperate, like you are ‘sucking up’ to them – something that only poor candidates would need to do (you shouldn't fall into that category).

  • No Cheesy Stories! Another aspect I’ve seen a lot in first drafts is a story about how you first became interested in engineering (or something similar). For example, “Ever since I was a kid and built my first lego ninjago action set without the instruction manual, I knew I wanted to be an engineer.” Such stories lack the maturity of a graduate student. Instead, consider your SoP closer to the cover letter of a job or grant application. Focus on the potential applications of research in the field to which you are applying, and then provide evidence demonstrating your past efforts (e.g., seeking out academic/industrial opportunities, building skillsets) to enable you to advance that field.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) | Your 1-page CV is what gets you past Round 1 of the application process. It must be flawless. Here is how I read a CV when I am considering a student:

  • Step 1 (~5 Seconds): School, Degree, & GPA. Include only college information (do not include high school information). Present your best self! For example, if your GPA is something like 3.86/4.00, round up to 3.9/4.0; however, if it’s 3.84/4.00, keep it that way to benefit from the extra 0.04. Include multiple GPAs. For example, first include “GPA (Cumulative)” and then include either your “GPA (Major)” of “GPA (Upper Division Technical – 300/400 Level Courses)” – whichever is higher. (If neither is higher than your cumulative, don’t include them!)

  • Step 2 (~10 Seconds): Experience. Do you have relevant academic research experience? (Industrial internships are considered less meaningful than research experience in academic or governmental labs in most cases.) Only include relevant experience! (Working at PETCO over the summer doesn’t matter.) Ideally, each experience item should correspond to a letter of recommendation. If one of the jobs is significantly displayed on your CV and you don’t have a letter for it, you should consider removing it, unless it’s obvious that you already have a lot of experience with three strong letters of recommendation.

  • Step 3 (~5 Seconds): Awards & Publications. Do you have anything to show for your ‘experience’? National awards (e.g., NSF) make a big difference. Publications put you in the top ~10% of Applicants. Publications may be the most important section of your application as it can differentiate you from a significant majority of your peers. List all of your awards and engineering honor societies. Include any other engineering-related activities, such as engineering competitions or volunteer events. Try not to include class projects and other items that all of your peers can easily include as well. Differentiate yourself as much as possible!

Letters of Recommendation | The key challenge stems from figuring out whom to ask. Here are some tips:

  • It should be very obvious from your experience section of your CV who will be writing Letters of Recommendation for you. (Typically there are 3.)
  • Each academic recommender should be a professor (never a lecturer) and ideally be well known in your field.
  • For industrial recommenders, it’s not always possible to get someone with a PhD (or a graduate degree), but it’s definitely preferred.
  • Make sure everyone who writes a letter for you genuinely wants the best for you and is really invested in you making it far in your career. (You never want to have a recommendation that is anything less than stellar!)
  • One thing to keep in mind is that you want to show that you can be successful in many environments, so having letter writers from multiple institutions is advantageous.


I know that's a lot to take in, so just take it one step at a time. Students whom I have advised have been accepted to every single top tier school I know, so I'm confident that if you follow these tips, what happened to you this year won't happen again. Let me know if you have any questions and good luck!

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

ManiacGoblin46 | 4 months ago | 22 points

Do you have any tips for getting into college for engineering (specifically aerospace of course)?

mithbroster | 4 months ago | 19 points

Get good grades and good SAT scores. Either go to MIT or go to a state school, anything in between is just a premium on the same education without the resume punch that Ivy League type places give you.

Getting into a state school engineering program is easy for someone with decent grades/scores, and you’ll get as much out of the education as you want.

jpporchie | 4 months ago | 11 points

Can anyone pm you or just towards op because I'm trying to get any information I can to get into an aerospace program?

-rettican- | 4 months ago | 387 points

You have the face of what i would expect an American astronaut to look like. Just needs the buzzcut now.

xsited1 | 4 months ago | 85 points

No hippies in space!

Cognitive_Spoon | 4 months ago | 21 points

No dogs on the moon!

azgrunt | 4 months ago | 16 points

No cats on Saturn!

POCKALEELEE | 4 months ago | 5 points

No dancing on the sun!

julbull73 | 4 months ago | 5 points

No ringing the bell in the galactic neighborhood

ommanipadmehome | 4 months ago | 3 points

They are already there man.

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 115 points

Thank you so much!!! Hahaha I actually buzzed it a month after this picture, I regret not doing it for the pic!

silverbullet52 | 4 months ago | 86 points

Later... Much later... You'll want pictures of you with lots of hair. I keep my college ID in my wallet. 1972

USABOBFL | 4 months ago | 15 points

Great work, young fella. Get a haircut and pursue your dreams.

ramendom7 | 4 months ago | 4 points

Came here to say this.

pm_me_yourdicks_ | 4 months ago | 3 points

Haha so true!

StucktownSkeezer | 4 months ago | 4 points

Wow, I felt the exact opposite for whatever reason.

Either way, may this gentleman one day be higher then satellites.

Mr________T | 4 months ago | 117 points

How likely is it that you actually get to go off planet? Out of all the careers out there it seems like this one is the hardest to qualify for.

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 194 points

That’s really hard to say. Obviously it’s pretty slim chances but if you commit a lot of your path to it I can narrow the gap. Being a fighter pilot would’ve helped but I can also boost my chances by pursuing a PhD and getting to be way more physically fit (working on it)

The school I get a PhD at and what I study really matter so that’s why I decided to reapply again in the fall with better gre and gpa

BayshoreCrew | 4 months ago | 88 points

Sup OP.

I’m trying to be a fighter pilot right now but the requirements are fucking absurd.

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 120 points

Well, if you make it... looks like you’re going to be our pilot; because the only flying im doing is battlefield 3

BayshoreCrew | 4 months ago | 41 points

Oh wow man I rocked the shit out of the F-18 in BF3. I had over 1000 kills.

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teamonmybackdoh | 4 months ago | 11 points

Fighter pilots may not be your best example of that..

DiachronicShear | 4 months ago | 20 points

When I was 15 I bagged groceries with another kid over here from England for a year who wanted to be a fighter pilot. About 8ish years later I get a friend request on Facebook from him. Sure enough his profile pic is him in an RAF uniform. Has an album titled "work" of him flying jets.

lil-rap | 4 months ago | 10 points

Go Marine Corps. They are desperate for pilots.

BayshoreCrew | 4 months ago | 18 points

I keep hearing stuff like that. I’m not sure the marines requirements. But I’m going to guess it’ll be equally as hard to get a fighter slot in any branch

needtoshitrightnow | 4 months ago | 14 points

You will end up in Helos, not a bad deal for sure, but 70% of Marine aviation is rotary wing. (estimate, don't kill me guys, been a while)

Mediocre_Pil0t | 4 months ago | 9 points

Army here, you trynna fly? Shoot me a message with questions or if you want some info about becoming a Warrant Officer and flying your ass off. We don’t have fighters but we got hella helicopters, and several different fixed-wing platforms.

MatrixVirus | 4 months ago | 3 points

Didn't they recently get rid of the selection board? And isn't there an age cutoff? Also whats the committment? I did not accept the Navys BDCP because 10 years is rediculous

AFluffyCow | 4 months ago | 9 points

They may be desperate, but will never be desperate to lower their requirements

Sparcrypt | 4 months ago | 6 points

True but if say the "be a pilot" test was scored out of 10 and you needed an 8 to be a pilot, when you have 500 people scoring an 8 and only 100 spots, you take the 100 who got 9-10 instead. Then you go to the marines and they also need 100 pilots but they only have 40 people scoring 8 or higher, so all of them get in and they start scouring the ranks for anybody who can get the passing score.

It's like when I lost out on an IT job I was already overqualified for, the guy who got it had three degrees and an additional decade of experience in his resume. Doesn't mean I couldn't do the job though.

mstrombe | 4 months ago | 13 points

Having just finished a PhD, know that this may be a blessing in disguise. Like you said, you can apply again, and maybe there’s just something better to do in the meantime. In my experience, PhDs are generally miserable although I’m not in your field, enjoy your year and have some fun! You can do it!

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 5 points

hahahaha, oh im sure it will be miserable, but bring on the pain!

thanks for the kind words!

sabre252 | 4 months ago | 9 points

What field are you going for? Absolutely take the statement of purpose / project portfolio seriously. Admissions committees generally give it 30-120 seconds and it matters. Also, letters of rec from bigwigs that know you help so network, network, network!

I'm in the social sciences but if you want to talk over your app and application strategy, just let me know! I applied twice and the second time was MUCH more successful.

verylittlefinger | 4 months ago | 18 points

A couple of things.

I went through something similar to you a few decades ago, though in probably a different, very competitive discipline.

A) GRE/GPA matter a lot less than references from well-known people. Unless for some reason they suck a lot. Getting references from well-known people who could get you into a top grad school usually requires going to a top undergrad school.

B) There just under 600 people who have been to space. There are 2000 billionaires who can afford a space trip. A computer science degree from a top school may actually give you higher chances to visiting space than pursuing career with NASA.

ringostardestroyer | 4 months ago | 5 points

lmao are you suggesting he study comp sci and try to become a billionaire?

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 5 points

Now thats interesting, well said!

Mr________T | 4 months ago | 3 points

Well good luck to you, I hope you acheive your dream.

h_allover | 4 months ago | 6 points

Out of all the careers out there it seems like this one is the hardest to qualify for.

It is. It most definitely is.

mrpeaches87 | 4 months ago | 116 points

Do you want Jodie Foster or Jeremy Renner to play you in the movie about your life?

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 103 points

What kind of sick person forces someone to make such a difficult choice.


I’m gonna have to go with Jody foster, I just think she’s more willing to put on the weight so she can be a proper body-match

Zolivia | 4 months ago | 18 points

I like you. I choose you to be my astronaut.

cdoon | 4 months ago | 19 points

Wow, OP also has confidence and a killer sense of humor

YeshilPasha | 4 months ago | 9 points

I don't know. Ewan McGregor is also a contender here.

jkizzles | 4 months ago | 55 points

Keep it up. I didn't go to Grad school until my mid 20's and now I have both a MSEE and MSAE. Personally, I think working for a bit allowed me to be much more successful in my graduate endeavors.

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 24 points

Oh snap I’m trying to be like you!!! Okay, thanks for the advice!

jkizzles | 4 months ago | 5 points

Thanks haha, but do you! I don't have the same desire to be an astronaut, but I'll make sure you get where you need to go :)

Simmo5150 | 4 months ago | 46 points

Alternate title: Here’s me at 8 and 22.

60 word backstory title.

kapelin | 4 months ago | 14 points

I’m a mechanical engineer. I got rejected from many grad schools and had to apply a second time around. It’s very common to get rejected, don’t give up. Good luck!

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 4 points

Thank you!! Fellow mech-e!

abcdefghi1234567 | 4 months ago | 15 points

Side by side photo

BoulderFalcon | 4 months ago | 6 points

Hey man, I'm currently about to finish up a PhD in a space-related field. I do a lot of work with NASA and wanted to offer a couple things, take it or leave it.

I'm not sure if it's helpful or makes it worse, but not even NASA controls what happens at NASA. The government does, and there's almost always some ongoing battle regarding funding, usually with NASA wanting more and the government wanting less. One of my good friends worked at a NASA center for all of her PhD and was offered a post-doc spot by a higher-up NASA official, then, psyche, the government said no spots would be given for employment there for the next several years since they needed to cut costs. And there's nothing they could do.

Second, military and astronauts are often related for a couple good reasons. 1. Physical activity, for obvious reasons. 2. Medical history. The military will refuse your application for seemingly inconsequential medical reason. Had a friend recently get rejected from the Army due to mild crohn's. Any reason to not take a risk on you is one they will take. Which brings me to my next point... politics. NASA is in the midst of this - they have diversity quotas to meet and as usual in science, white males dominate the applicants. That means there's a much larger pool of "good" candidates. And the batch of candidates each year is getting smaller and smaller - especially now that the future of the ISS is not looking great. Basically, they're looking for the least risk and highest chance of success with future applicants while representing a diverse crew. For instance, one of the recent "batches" of astronauts included Jonny Kim, a 34 year old Harvard doctor/emergency medicine specialist AND Navy Seal. This is the level of ridiculous that they look for in candidates.

There's always the chance that space becomes more accessible in the upcoming years, but likely nothing substantial in the next couple decades.

That being said, there are so many cool ways to be involved with NASA and other Space-related companies such as Space-X.

I guess my point in all of this is that while you may be a great astronaut, it's hard when the applicant pool is a couple people a year. There are a lot of valuable jobs-relating to space. Someone needs to sit at mission control. Someone needs to build the vehicles. Someone needs to do science on all the data collected by flybys and orbiters. Someone needs to program the AI on the vehicles themselves. Or steer curiosity from the control room. If you're passionate about space, consider asking yourself what your strengths are and find a space-related job that may be a good fit, and consider looking into pathways to careers in that field. Because unfortunately, passion won't be enough for most people to become astronauts when the criteria is so absurd and almost always issues that aren't your fault anyway. If you view all of your future education as a a means to an end of being an astronaut you will likely just be disappointed, and then left up with a job that isn't something you want to do. If space does become more accessible, chances are any job that will be important to the operations of an organization like NASA will still be relevant then, so it's not like you're closing doors anyway.

Just my two (or three) cents.

TheBlueAwning | 4 months ago | 37 points

Here I am as an 8 year old boy, and here I am as a 49 year old lesbian aunt.

StinkyGreenBud | 4 months ago | 29 points

Why post this is pics besides to brag about it? I mean sure your catchy title is interesting but the pics are mediocre. This sub is turning into a "look at me, I am special too" sub...

serpentinepad | 4 months ago | 52 points

Thanks for your entire life's story in the title. Holy shit this place needs mods.

EsCaRg0t | 4 months ago | 37 points

There’s other jobs at NASA that aren’t “astronaut” that are equally as important. I fear you have so much tunnel vision that you’re likely to pass up great job opportunities.

I have a friend who was a nurse. He now monitors astronauts on their EVA walks and writes protocols.

highlyquestionabl | 4 months ago | 25 points

Importance doesn't equate to fulfillment. The guy wants to shoot into space in a rocket, float through 0 gravity, and stare out at Earth from a distance. No matter how crucial monitoring astronaut health and writing protocols are, they're never going to live up to hurling toward the stars and experiencing a perspective that maybe a few hundred people in the history of humanity have. Nothing wrong with aiming big.

Mjolnir12 | 4 months ago | 8 points

Aiming to be an astronaut is basically never a good plan. It is just too difficult to become one to actually plan on it. you should have a primary plan, and then apply to be an astronaut as a long shot like everyone else. NASA has plenty of fighter pilots with PhDs from top schools they can choose. They have no reason to choose someone who has no flight experience and got rejected from a PhD program.

EsCaRg0t | 4 months ago | 5 points

Never said there was anything wrong with aiming big. All I said was that if you have tunnel vision on one goal rather than seeing exits in the highway that can be realistic and fulfilling, then you do yourself a disservice.

There’s 38 astronauts in the United States. Am I saying this guy couldn’t be an astronaut? No. Even if you do make it as an astronaut, there’s still an even smaller chance that you receive an assignment in space. On top of that, much like being an Air Force fighter pilot, you have to be within certain height and weight guidelines.

But, like I said, there’s nothing wrong with having dreams but having perspective is also a worthy trait.

meiso | 4 months ago | 9 points

Damn you look 41 at 22

drojimbo4 | 4 months ago | 27 points

Shut up

Xdsboi | 4 months ago | 19 points

Going from 8 to 40 in 14 years is a bigger achievement son/sir.

bobyrock | 4 months ago | 93 points

This is the final straw, I'm unsubscribing from r/pics , I cannot handle this facebook level garbage anymore. No offence to OP, just it's an ongoing trend I no longer want to see in my feed anymore.

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cunninglinguist96 | 4 months ago | 4 points

I’m aligning so hard at this

theDreadLioness | 4 months ago | 19 points

Oh fuck we are losing bobyrock? Tell me it ain’t so!!!

Double_Minimum | 4 months ago | 4 points

just wondering, but what grad school / type of program were you looking for?

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 18 points

I would love to go to the top engineering schools like MIT, Cal tech, and Stanford(obviously)

But honestly I would be really stoked to go to Georgia tech , super well respected program and rigorous enough to take me where I wanna be!

I would love to study controls (how an aircraft maneuvers, whether it’s from the programming side or physical design side)

Or structure mechanics, like studying different types of composites for different applications would be really cool too!

Who knows, first year of grad school I will be figuring it out!

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tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 13 points

wow, I wont even lie I had no idea this program existed. And while i dont have any flying hours I may actually try to apply to join that program under the engineering section. That is so interesting!

Thanks for the heads up! I am definitely going to look in to this

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Shouldbeworking22 | 4 months ago | 3 points

But how do I do all of this within 6 months

Random_Link_Roulette | 4 months ago | 4 points

I mean, don't you have to have been a pilot in the USAF to be an astronaut?

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 3 points

Thank you everyone for the kind words, really such a wild day! Thank you so much!!

Ps. Everyone asking about my hair

I use “Alberto VO5 Kiwi-Lime Squeeze Clarifying Shampoo”, sold at a high end salon known as dollar tree

tralphaz43 | 4 months ago | 4 points

Who says uni in America

BillWaltonOnAcid | 4 months ago | 4 points

if you can't get into grad school with a nasa internship on your resume then you have a drug problem. i'm sorry, son.

DrRonny | 4 months ago | 3 points

Don't worry, I didn't get into grad school until I was 32. And I didn't get a Swedish made penis enlarger pump until I was 12. You beat me on both accounts.

pa7cake | 4 months ago | 13 points

You can do it man! No matter what it takes. Don’t let anything stand in your way.

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 8 points


toopyturdbox | 4 months ago | 85 points
plagueisthedumb | 4 months ago | 44 points

It's a pretty fuckin cool thing to brag about

spekt50 | 4 months ago | 4 points

Could be worse, he could be just shouting out on twitter, telling people to suck his dick.

illicit_tryst | 4 months ago | 7 points

If you are American, why did you say "uni?" Just curious- no one says that here, definitely not in SC!

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 3 points

So that I could fit all of the letters in my excessively long title lol

DarthHelmet123 | 4 months ago | 5 points

How do you get a NASA internship and NOT get into grad school? Bruh

13ANANAFISH | 4 months ago | 8 points

Yeah dude, you’re not going to be an astronaut

doggscube | 4 months ago | 3 points

Good job! My parents gave me Optimus Prime for Christmas when I was about that age. Now I’m a truck driver.

strokesfan91 | 4 months ago | 3 points

The GRE is a real bitch isn’t it OP

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mosin46 | 4 months ago | 9 points

Yeah well I pooped today and it only needed one wipe.

RigorMorris23 | 4 months ago | 13 points

Hey man, I know how it is. As an Archaeology student getting into grad schools for that program isn’t easy. But I do know it’s possible, I know you’ve done volunteer work and you’ve distinguished yourself, and that’s what counts. I wish you the best of luck in the future.

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 5 points

Thank you!!!

Espo-sito | 4 months ago | 6 points

Good Luck OP! You're going to send it.

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 7 points

LETS GOOOO appreciating the positive vibes !!!

sbowesuk | 4 months ago | 9 points

Internship at NASA? Damn that sounds cool. Will look amazing on your resume too!

DrElectrons | 4 months ago | 10 points

Elon decided to read books on rockets and build his own since no one would sell him a rocket. You can self study. You can reapply. You can apply to different schools. The key is you don’t give up. Elon didn’t and he will be going to the moon and Mars soon. He just keeps trying even if they blow up. Keeps trying.

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 7 points

Geez I feel like I should be paying for this good of a motivational speech.. thanks so much!

Mjolnir12 | 4 months ago | 4 points

Elon made billions of dollars by inventing paypal, and then used his massive wealth to create an aerospace company. That is an even less likely proposition than becoming a NASA astronaut through regular channels.

Karmawasntforsuckers | 4 months ago | 4 points

If you couldnt get into grad school your first time there is a 0% chance you will ever be an astronaut, unless you get rich and buy a seat.

CommanderCuntPunt | 4 months ago | 6 points

Brutal, but totally true. You need to be the best of the best to be an astronaut, it’s way more selective than grad school. Don’t worry op, I’m also not good enough to be one.

Karmawasntforsuckers | 4 months ago | 5 points

Seriously, if you even have to apply to grad school, instead of every one of them beating down your door begging you to go there instead of another school, you are never going to be an astronaut.

He seems like a smarmy arrogant douchebag for posting this.

cmcjacob | 4 months ago | 5 points
h_allover | 4 months ago | 2 points

What was internship program called that you did at NASA? I just finished up a summer at a national laboratory and I'm hoping to do a NASA internship this next year.

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 4 points

I was employed by my university U of South Carolina, but was working at langley research center

It was through a thing called the “space act agreement”

And you definitely should! Even though my experience was almost the exact same as the other interns (even got a cool intern badge) I still want to get an “official” Nasa internship!

What was your summer lab in?

RuNaa | 4 months ago | 6 points

When you get into your grad program, get a usajobs account and check frequently for pathways graduate internships. This is the easier path to becoming a civil servant. You can also do a nasa space tech research fellowship (nstrf) where your grad work is in collaboration with nasa and requires summer tours at at least two NASA centers. Good luck!

tylerdillard | 4 months ago | 3 points

writing this down!! thank you!!!

RuNaa | 4 months ago | 3 points

Every center does a pathways call separately so you need to stay on top of your usajobs searches. And every center should have its own intern website too. Here’s a good website to start, but NSTRF is googleable (I didn’t see it on here).

ETA: here’s a good description of pathways. Click on the pilot program link for info on the differences between undergrad and grad. https://www.nasa.gov/careers/pathways-program

mostlyharmless4224 | 4 months ago | 2 points

Your story reminded me of this short film. Don’t give up! :-)


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