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Method 2 of 3: Succeeding Academically
Get excellent grades in high school. Get excellent grades in every subject. All of them. Every single one. Astronauts are a smart breed. Math and science are most important, but English, history, and foreign relations have their places, too. It’s best to be as well-rounded as possible. Not only for you, but also because the competition will be fierce. You’ll be going up against the cream of the crop.
- Alright, so you don’t have the power to stop time. Since you’re not a machine, concentrate on math and science — you’ll be dealing with those for at least the next decade of your career training.
Be a stellar student at a good university. A bachelor’s degree in math, physics, engineering, or science from a reputable (accredited) school is required. Don’t get distracted by college social life — your grades should be your number one concern.
- Look into the ROTC programs, especially those of the Air Force and Navy at your college of choice. Your ultimate goal in the military is to be a test pilot, because they have the most experience flying experimental aircraft.
Complete ≥ 3 years of experience work. This can be in the form of professional experience or in the form of a degree. Should you choose to get a degree, know that a master’s counts as 1 year of experience and a PhD as 3, regardless of how long it takes you to complete these degrees.
- If you have experience in piloting, you must complete at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Be sure you also have flight test experience.
- Should you choose to simply get professional experience, get a job related to something an astronaut would have to do. Examples include navigation, piloting, working with computers, chemistry/biology, or commanding a ship. You should also note that teaching is an important part of being an astronaut, and thus teachers (both college and K-12) are encouraged to apply. 
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