Alena Analeigh Wicker is only 13 years old. Yet she has done more in her 13 years than most people do in their entire lives.
Seriously. Wicker is an extraordinary young woman, and not only because she is a gifted prodigy but also because she’s great visionary, humanitarian, and visionary.
This is why she’s the topic of Feel-Good Friday.
Alena graduated high school in 2021 at the age of 12, and is taking online college courses at Arizona State University and Oakwood University, where she is studying biological sciences. Wicker is now in her third year at college, having already earned enough credits within a year.
Wicker wants to become a doctor. The University of Alabama was first to offer help to her.
From The Washington Post:
In May, Alena was offered a spot at the University of Alabama’s Heersink School of Medicine for 2024, as part of its Early Assurance Program — which offers early admission to applicants who meet specific requirements. Alena is more than 10 years younger than the average incoming medical student.
Wicker will be 15 when she begins medical school in 2024, and the four years (maybe less for her) to complete medical school will take her to 19. Wicker’s exceptional ability to reach her goals is what makes it so special.
” What is age?” Alena said. She lives outside Fort Worth but is taking most of her classes online. You don’t have to be too old to achieve anything. I feel like I have proven to myself that I can do anything that I put my heart and mind to.”
Let’s get rid CRT, and instead have Alena Analeigh Wicker Master Classes about academic success. Wicker’s drive and vision are a shining example of her generation’s ability to achieve great things when there is no one telling you you cannot ..
“I’m still a normal 13-year-old,” said Alena, a student at both Arizona State University and Oakwood University, where she is simultaneously earning two separate undergraduate degrees in biological sciences. “I just have extremely good time management skills and I’m very disciplined.”
No kidding. This is a critical gap in education today. How about instead of reducing the educational curriculum, giving students something to aim for. A sense of purpose. These are the values that have enabled Wicker to fly high. She has intelligence, an ability to achieve, and the belief that she can change the world.
Wicker does exactly that.
Aside from her dedication to schoolwork Alena also enjoys being an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Alena founded the Brown STEM Girls organization, which provides opportunities to girls of color who are interested in STEM careers.
According to the National Science Board, women make up 28 percent of the science and engineering workforce, and of them, only about 5 percent are women of color. Alena has a vision to make that change.
We’re trying to show the world there are other girls like us, and that they have rights and opportunities.” Alena explained that her organization offers mentorship programs, financial scholarships and extra resources for students who excel. There are more than 460 active members and about 2,000 girls on a waiting list, Alena said, adding that the organization is funded through private donations.
She created a platform to help girls her age “feel like they belong somewhere.” “I represent all the brainiac girls in the world.”
Wicker’s Instagram handle is “The Brown STEM Girl,” and she wrote the most wonderful Instagram post to announce her letter of acceptance by the University of Alabama:
Today, I am just thankful. I graduated High school LAST YEAR at 12 years old and here I am one year later I’ve been accepted into Med School at 13. As a college junior. Statisticians would say I would not have succeeded. Fontana, California: A tiny black girl. It’s been so difficult to achieve my goals and fulfill my dreams. Mama I made it. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to do it. I had every chance to succeed because of you. Your support was invaluable. You listened to me, helped me through my sorrows, provided comfort when I needed it, and disciplined me whenever I needed. Your mother is the most amazing thing a child could ask for. MAMA, I MADE IT! I was always loved by you. I was able to learn and grow, without feeling guilty. I was able to travel the world because of you.
I pray God will bless me with so much that you’ll never want anything in your earthly life. It was so hard for me to be here, but it is so close that the last chapter of college seems far off. MOMMY, I MADE IT !
In an AOC-filled world, become Alena Analeigh Wicker.