I continue to be inspired by all black women who make a medical career for themselves as we are few and far between.

I am an undergraduate student at Tuskegee University majoring in Biology Pre-Med. I recently completed a summer research program at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

I’m a Pike High School Alum (Indianapolis) and I’m currently a student at Tuskegee University

 

Specialized Training

I am a Certified Nursing Assistant. I earned my certification as a high school student.

 

How did you come to the decision to pursue your field of study?

I am interested in cancer research but also have a passion for women’s health and fetal development. My career goal is to become an Obstetrician Gynecologist.

 

Who was your inspiration or role model that guided you to this field?

I continue to be inspired by all black women who make a medical career for themselves as we are few and far between.

 

Did you always want to work in this field?

Yes, initially I wanted to be a Pediatrician but then decided that OB/GYN was the specialty I wanted to pursue.

 

What do you love most about your intended field of study? What were/are your favorite courses?

I love the fact that I can study various different types of Biology. It gives me an opportunity to evaluate what courses I like and dislike the most.

 

What things would you change about your educational journey?

I’m really happy about the decision that I’ve made as far as college choice and my field of study. I’m studying at a Historically Black College which makes my tuition a little more expensive. Where I wish my tuition was more economical, I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to be studying and pursuing my passion with other like-minded minorities interested in pursuing future careers in a STEM field.

 

What are your future goals related to your career?

Once I am established as a physician, I would like to start a program for expectant mothers in rural areas that give them the opportunity to earn essentials such as prenatal vitamins, ultrasounds, and supplies for their baby. This program would also include moral support and counseling for the mothers.

 

What tips would you offer to anyone thinking about entering into your profession/field of study?

I would advise those individuals, especially women of color interested in my field of study to always be looking for opportunities to improve your knowledge. Never be complacent with where you are and don’t let anyone try to limit your abilities. Study hard for ALL exams in school and make connections with your professors because you never know when you will need them. Speak up for what you believe in and don’t be afraid to respectfully question authority. Networking is the key to success in every field so never be afraid to meet new people.

 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your educational journey?

The most rewarding aspect of my educational journey has been the opportunity to be surrounded by other black people who want to achieve greatness and make something out of their lives. Going to an HBCU has taught me many lessons and I think it will be very rewarding.

 

What has been the most difficult or disappointing aspect of your educational journey?

It has been difficult to find money for college. Tuition is going up every year and it can be very frustrating and draining to find money for school.

 

What would you tell your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to study harder and enjoy the not-so stressful times in school.

 

What are some words of wisdom that you would share with younger girls interested in pursuing a path in STEM?

Surround yourself with positive role models and make friends with people who genuinely want to see you do great! Also, make friends with like-minded people so they understand the things you have to do to accomplish your goals.

 

How do you juggle the pressures of school and pursuing your career?

I just constantly remind myself that everything I’m doing in school contributes to my efforts of pursuing my future career and that one day my life will be easier because I worked hard in the beginning.

 

What is your favorite quote? How do you apply this to your life?

Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. I apply this by remembering that no matter what happens to me during my educational journey and career path that I have full control of how things turn out.

 

What are some interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share?

I am currently learning American Sign Language and intrigued by the deaf community.

 

We hope you enjoyed learning about our latest “STEMsation”, please comment about how her experiences have inspired you, how your experiences can inspire others and nominate our next “STEMsation to spotlight their amazing accomplishments.

 

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