Meet 13-year-old Alena who heads medical school a year after graduation
A 13-year-old girl has been accepted to a medical school program only a year after graduating high school.
The program is a partnership between the medical school and HBCU’s across Alabama, and it provides early acceptance to the students who meet the requirements for acceptance and matriculation, according to their website.
In an interview with the Washington Post, she said, “I’m still a normal 13-year-old.”
And yet, how does she do it all at such a young age?
“I just have extremely good time management skills and I’m very disciplined,” she told the Washington Post.
She also created “The Brown STEM Girl,” to engage, empower and educate girls of color in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to its website.
The Brown STEM Girl Foundation honors the legacy of Katherine Johnson, a trailblazer for African-American mathematicians at NASA.
Alena keeps the public updated on her journey, posting on her Instagram and Facebook page, where she expresses her love and passion for STEM, NASA and Legos.
Alena’s mother told the Washington Post that she noticed her daughter’s intellect since the science buff was a toddler.
“Alena was gifted,” her mother, Daphne McQuarter, said. “It was just how she did things and how advanced she was. She was reading chapter books.” Continue reading….