(NewsNation) – She is only 13 years old, and Alena Analeigh Wicker is already making history.
Wicker recently became the youngest black man to be accepted into medical school. The teenager posted her acceptance letter from the University of Alabama at Birmingham to her more than 18,000 followers on Instagram on June 30.
Wicker joined “NewsNation Prime” on Sunday and said the past few weeks “have been fun, engaging and amazing experiences.” She said seeing the acceptance letter was an inspiring moment for her.
“It’s been a long journey, but it will all pay off in the end,” Wicker said.
The teenager graduated from high school at the age of 12 and has now been selected for UAB Burroughs Wellcome Scholars Early Assurance Program, which offers early acceptance to students who meet certain requirements. Now in college, Wicker has already completed more than half of his undergraduate requirements at Arizona State University and Oakwood University, Ebony magazine reported.
Although she originally wanted to study engineering – she once had her sights set on working for NASA – Wicker discovered the medical field and immediately fell in love with it.
“I was excited and it was everything I had hoped for,” Wicker said. “All of my teachers were amazing and they gave me great experiences.”
These teachers and his mother were the source of inspiration for Wicker to continue his studies.
“(My mom) inspired me to achieve my goals and do whatever came into my head. She never said no to me,” Wicker said. “She was telling me throughout my journey, no matter how young you are or what you want to be, you can achieve it and achieve your goals.”