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‘I’m proof you can’: Black 13-year-old college student says she’s headed to UAB medical school 

She’s been called the Black Bill Gates.

Now, Alena Analeigh Wicker has become a real-life, Black Doogie Howser.

The 13-year-old college junior has been accepted to UAB’s Heersink School of Medicine under its Burroughs Wellcome Scholars Early Assurance Program in May, the teen posted on social media.


“I’m a junior in college. 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. Mama, I made it.”

Alena, who enjoys building robots and Legos, is enrolled at Arizona State University, where she is pursuing an engineering degree.

The teen previously dreamed of building robots for NASA but later turned her focus to medical school.

“It actually took one class in engineering, for me to say this is kind of not where I wanted to go,” she told 12 News. ”I think viral immunology really came from my passion for volunteering and going out there engaging with the world.”

She also runs The Brown STEM Girl, a scholarship program aimed at inspiring young Black girls to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.

“I’m so blessed and grateful for the blessings God keeps sending my way. This journey wasn’t easy but it’s definitely been worth it!,” Alena wrote on Instagram. “I’m creating a platform for every little girl of color that has a passion for STEM AND EVERY GIRL that was ever told she couldn’t. I’m proof you can!”

By Howard Koplowitz 

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