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"It's more vulnerable to be able to say what you truly desire," she said. "I think it was really hard first to admit to myself I truly desired to do something that was so against the norm, and second, then to admit it to other people." Over the course of two years, Osgood explored the possibility of a religious calling. She said a visit from Vatican astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno opened her up to the idea that "science and religion could coexist." "All of this (background) wondering about being a nun, I never let myself feel that, because I liked engineering too much," said Osgood. "All of a sudden, I realized I could be an engineer and I could be a sister. "I don't have to change my life 90 degrees like I think I do. I can keep doing this and just live this much more fully." Since she announced her career change, other scientists of faith have sent her messages of support. Osgood is now embarking on what she calls a two-year "nun bootcamp" in New York as a sister-in-training at the Congregation of Notre Dame. After taking her vows, Osgood hopes to return to Charlottetown teach the word of God and the principles of aerospace design -- but not at the same time. She said her classes at UPEI will remain focused on the science, but in the past, there have been curious overlaps between her two passions. In one course, Osgood gave her students a $20-budget to design a system to walk on water. While the shift from the classroom to the convent may seem drastic, Osgood said her spiritual and scientific studies compliment one another. As she sees it, they are both expressions of God's love. "The reason that we pursued science initially was that we looked at the stars and wondered what that is," Osgood said. "Science and religion is like looking at that view, where you get a much better picture when you work together to try to understand that as opposed to individually." Text edited from CTV Canada