This week I had the opportunity to interview Steven Xu, a rocket scientist, at Aerojet Rocketdyne. I have known him since high school and the grit he exhibited to get to where he is now. We explored how lack of family presence, whether physically or emotionally, has a significant impact on us. Steven went deep into how he helped himself through college application, career planning, as well as managing emotional turmoil with Asian parents. Steven mentioned how he explores his relationship with his parent’s lack of involvement and how he copes with that, including going to the therapist to overcome those his historical experiences.