What will it take to get a degree in aerospace engineering?
When growing up I was always interested in movies like Star Wars and Star Trek,and how they would push different boundaries in space. One day I would like to push those boundaries too and make it to the stars.
As the other comment mentioned, its going to take a lot of work to get an aerospace engineering degree, but it will be very rewarding.
Polytechnic University is more local if you are in NYC, and they offer aeronautical engineering and astronomy courses. My friend graduated from their Long Island campus, and has been very happy with his decision to go there.
The one thing to remember is that you will have to relocate to where those jobs are. NASA, Space X, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, etc, etc, none of which are in the tri state area.
I too wanted to be among the starts, but in my High School senior year I took a pre-engineering course which quickly showed me that engineering is not my forte.
See if your school offers such courses or seek an internship with an engineering firm to see if that is really what you want to be involved with.
It's a lot of work, math, calculus, chemistry, but if its what your hart desires, go for it.
Highly recommend the thoughts about taking some sort of pre-engineering course to see if you enjoy engineering. From my perspective, I always enjoyed Airplanes. I took up Aero-Eng because it was hard...but because I enjoyed it. It is going to be work, but if you enjoy it...it's not really work.
(Retired UAF Colonel and US Air Force TPS Graduate)