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Remember the name Alena Analeigh Wicker.
Between playing football, cooking and hanging out with friends, the 13-year-old prodigy from outside Fort Worth managed to get a place at the Heersink School of Medicine at the University of Alabama.
Wicker was accepted for 2024 through the school‘s Early Assurance Program, which offers early admission to applicants who meet specific requirements.
“I’m still a normal 13-year-old girl,” she said The Washington Post. “I just have great time management skills and I’m very disciplined.”
Wicker, who graduated from high school last year, is currently a student at both Arizona State University and Oakwood University. She simultaneously obtained two separate undergraduate degrees in biological sciences.
“What is age? said Osier. “You’re not too young to do anything. I feel like I’ve proven to myself that I can do everything to which I have put my heart and my mind.”
She was 3 years old when her mother, Daphne McQuarter, began to notice that she was not a typical toddler.
“Alena was good at it,” McQuarter told the Job. “It was just how she did things and how advanced she was. She was reading chapters.”
School has always been easy for Wicker, so when high school got boring, she signed up for college classes.
“I was bored,” she told the newspaper. “High school work was so easy for me that I ended up graduating from high school at age 12.”
Wicker, who was NASA’s youngest intern in the summer of 2021, has always been interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Less than two years ago, she founded Brunette STEM girlan organization focused on providing opportunities for girls of color interested in exploring careers in STEM.
Despite her initial interest in engineering, she eventually decided to pursue medical studies in order to help people from underrepresented communities who lack health care.
“It’s amazing to be able to create a path for girls who look like me,” Alena said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. You can do it. Don’t let anyone tell you no.”