13 year old Alena Analeigh Wicker is drawing comparisons to a real life “Doogie Houser” as she has become the youngest black student EVER to be accepted by US medical school.
The DailyMail reports:
Alena Analeigh Wicker was accepted into the University of Alabama’s Heersink School of Medicine class of 2024 in June, despite being over 10 years younger than the average medical student.
Her acceptance comes as she continues working through her degrees in the biological sciences at both Oakwood University and Arizona State University.
‘What is age?’ Alena told The Washington Post, ‘You’re not too young to do anything. I feel like I have proven to myself that I can do anything that I put my heart and mind to.’
Alena lives outside of Fort Worth, Texas, and does most of her coursework online.
She is also the founder of the organization Brown STEM Girl, which strives to help girls of color explore futures in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
‘We’re showing the world that there’s other girls out there that are just like me, and they deserve an opportunity and a chance,’ Alena said of the program.