A young girl from Texas has had a school experience unlike most kids her age.
Alena Analeigh Wicker graduated high school at just 12 years old and got accepted into medical school.
Wicker, 13, is currently enrolled at Arizona State University and Oakwood University studying biological science. After she graduates from those undergraduate programs, in 2024, she will be attending Heersink School of Medicine at the University of Alabama, according to “Good Morning America.”
Speaking on her accomplishment, Wicker said, “After I was accepted, it was the most amazing moment, and just knowing I reached the goal of getting into med school at this age was amazing for me.”
Wicker said that her goal is to become a viral immunologist, which is the study of viruses.
She also loves to “get involved” and volunteer which includes feeding the homeless or mentoring young girls.
Proverbs 18:16 says, “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.”
Wicker gave some words of encouragement to those who want to achieve their dreams regardless of their age.
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“Well, first I would say don’t let anybody tell you no because there was a lot of people who told me no or that I couldn’t do what I dreamed to do,” she said.
She also mentioned the importance of having a support system around her.
“They were there when I needed them and they gave me that support to say, don’t give up on your dreams.”
Wicker said her mom had been her biggest support and “always gave her opportunities over things” and believed in her.
Apart from her education, Wicker has also started an organization called Brown Stem Girl to advocate for women and girls who look like her wanting to get into the STEM field.
“That’s what struck my passion for advocating for them, really giving them those opportunities and showing them that they can do whatever they put their mind to. They can have the same path as me and become whatever they want to become without anybody telling them it’s impossible,” she said.
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