Mwalimu King’ang’i has reacted to news of a 13-year-old girl being accepted into the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Alena Analeigh Wicker took to social media to share her joy after her acceptance letter.
“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. I’m a junior in college,” she wrote. “Statistics would have said I never would have made it. A little black girl adopted from Fontana California.”
“I’ve worked so hard to reach my goals and live my dreams.”
Alena also credited her mother for the success;
“Mama I made it. I couldn’t have done it without you. You gave me every opportunity possible to be successful.”
“You are the best mother a kid could ever ask for. You always believed in me. You allowed me space to grow and become, make mistakes without making me feel bad. You allowed me the opportunity to experience the world.”
King’ang’i said at 13, he was being taught things that eventually never helped him in life.
“There is a girl who is 13-years old. She has been accepted to the University of Alabama, medical school after graduating at 12 years. She’s the youngest black student ever accepted at medical school. She is currently finishing up two degrees in biological sciences at two other universities. At 13 years, I was wondering why trees are running fast when I’m in a car. This is what we need to encourage, not being taught the parts of a grasshopper.”
Mike Mondo added “That’s such an achievement, congratulations to her. At 13 I was still being taught how to do certain things, geometry was hard.”
Last year, Alena also made history for becoming the youngest intern ever at NASA.
She also enjoys watching movies, baking, and spending time with her friends just like any other teenager.
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