CEO & Founder
Cush Center for Learning
1st Year Med Student
When I was younger, I wanted “to do hair” as a professional cosmetologist. However, medicine became my passion after my first medical internship in high school.
From unsupportive professors, employers, and school administrators who did not believe in my abilities, I endured my share of missteps in medical school. I kept going despite this and I am proud of my work. I continue to work through my medical school journey to become a dermatologist. From my mistakes I created my education non-profit, The Cush Center for Learning, Inc. and the Medical Pledge initiative.
I founded The Cush Center for Learning in 2012 to give underserved students an opportunity to access Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M). Our goal is to provide programs and services that encourage learning, growth and innovation among youth in S.T.E.A.M fields in America and around the world.
How was your experience with STEM classes and teachers in middle and high school?
My STEM classes and teachers in middle school and high school were both supportive and encouraging. I learned a great deal from them and for that I am very grateful.
What do you do to unwind?
I enjoy poetry, traveling and cooking.
What has been the most useful life advice you have received?
Forget the naysayers and never give up on your journey. Also, do not project your expectations for yourself onto others. If you have high standards, goals, and dreams you wish to accomplish, then do it! But never expect those who come into your life to have the same values; they often do not and that is fine. I have found that if you stay focused on your own path, you will always succeed. When you experience failure, just use it as ammunition for success!
What do you want to say to up and coming Melanin Genius?
Be honored whenever you’re asked to share your story with others. You have no idea who you will inspire, so be vocal about your path because it will help future generations.