Alena Analeigh Wicker is like other 13-year-olds in that she enjoys going to the movies, playing soccer, baking and hanging out with friends. But very much unlike other teenagers, she just got accepted to medical school. “I’m still a normal 13-year-old. I just have extremely good time management skills and I’m very disciplined,” Alena says. She is currently working on two separate undergraduate degrees in biological sciences. In May, she was offered a spot at the University of Alabama’s Heersink School of medicine for 2024, part of its Early Assurance Program – which offers early admission to applicants who meet specific requirements. On top of her devotion to schoolwork, she is also a budding entrepreneur and philanthropist. About 18 months ago, she started the Brown STEM Girl – an organization aimed at providing opportunities for girls of color interested in exploring careers in STEM. “It feels amazing to be able to create a path for girls that look like me,” Alena said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. You can do it. Don’t let anybody tell you no.”

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