Maaike Meyer is one of the world’s youngest PhD graduates. But her early success is not what it seems, it came with a hefty price.
At a young age, Maaike went through a traumatic episode that would change her life forever.
“I was raised by my grandparents after my parents got divorced.”
“My grandpa was a pilot and the kindest and most loving man.”
Every year on Maaike’s birthday, her grandfather would take her on a plane ride. But on her 8th birthday, he said no. Their conversation that day was etched in Maaike’s heart:
“The weather conditions aren’t good, honey.” - Grandpa
“But you promised, grandpapa.” - Maaike
As the doted granddaughter, she threw a tantrum and begged her grandpa to change his mind. Having a soft spot for Maaike, Grandpa Meyer finally conceded. He went to the trouble of obtaining special clearance to fly from air traffic controller.