Georgia College and State University hosted a cosmic visitor Tuesday when Greg Olsen, the world’s third private citizen to make the trek to the International Space Station, spoke to students and faculty.

Olsen spoke to Georgia College Early College and GCSU students about his experiences in space and the effect math and science proficiency had on getting him there.

“When I was your age, I sometimes didn’t get the concepts of algebra, polynomials and percentages. Sometimes I’d struggle with it. Sometimes I wouldn’t do well on tests. In fact, when I was in high school, I failed trigonometry,” Olsen said. “How does someone who failed trigonometry in high school wind up getting a Ph.D. in science and go up to the space station? Don’t give up.”

Andrea Salleras has participated in a Coverdell Institute program reading The New York Times with GCEC students and attended Olsen’s speech. She said Olsen’s presentation about his experiences in space were the sort of thing to make an impression on the seventh grade students.



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