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2nd Year PhD Student
University of Wisconsin - Madison
I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from South Carolina State University. When I was younger I aspired to be a pediatrician but I am going to be a different kind of Doctor. Service and giving back is a major part of who I am! I believe in reaching back to pull others up!
How was your experience with STEM classes and teachers in middle and high school?
I did not experience STEM classes until high school. Through Project Lead the Way I was able to gain hands on experience in circuit design, AutoCAD, solving engineering problems.
What’s next for you?
After graduate school, I plan to work in industry while mentoring young minorities.
What do you do to unwind?
To unwind, I like to treat myself. Whether it be spending time with family/friends or eating ice cream or watching movies.
My Grad School Experience
Why did you choose to go to Grad School?
I chose UW Madison because unlike many of the other graduate schools I applied to, UW had a collaborative research environment. Graduating from an HBCU, being able to collaborate with others was major for me.
Do you ever feel discouraged? How do you get around that?
Yes, in fact I have. Sometimes the people closest to you want to support you so bad, that they do not realize their support is smothering. I have had a few people tell me that my dreams are not attainable or that I should go about reaching them in a different way. If you know deep down that what you’re doing is right, see it through! I thank God for those individuals as I use them as motivation!
Who are some of your biggest cheerleaders?
God has placed so many amazing people in my life and I am truly grateful for them all! My family, friends, loved ones, hometown, sorors, church family and my undergraduate Institution are my biggest cheerleaders.
What has been the most useful life advice you have received?
The most useful life advice I have received over the years is, learn how to get comfortable being uncomfortable. For that is when you grow the most.
What do you want to say to up and coming Melanin Genius?
Embrace each and every part of you! Don’t be afraid to be different. No matter how hard the journey may get, God brought you to it and he’ll see you through it!
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