I have been fortunate to have wonderful role models, including my mother and grandmother. My mom raised my sister and me in a single parent household where she exposed us to the best this world offers. She was a professional school nurse after finishing her Master’s degree when we were young. My grandmother was an extraordinary woman too. Born in the 1920s in the Deep South, she was different than most of her generation who went into traditional female roles. She went to college, earned a Master’s degree, and became the first African American to serve as Director of Textbook Procurement for the local school district.
They set a great exampleand they believed in me. They also made me believe in myself, helping me achieve my dream of becoming a physician like my dad. My role models were in my family, but strong role models can be found in many places, schools, doctors’ offices, community organizations and businesses. Find a role model who inspires and motivates you to achieve your dreams. And when you do, make sure you give back by being a role model too someday.
HOW DID YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN? Hard work, lots of support and taking advice from others.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE STARTING OUT? Math. I wasn’t good at it so my parents got me a tutor.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL? My mom. I learned so much from her but what stands out the most is the importance of making sacrifices to get what you want.
WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR YOUR FUTURE? Continue to improve the health of Columbus, explore more of the world and together with my husband support the important issues and organizations in our community.
ADVICE FOR GIRLS
On ACHIEVING YOUR DREAMS
No dream is too big; Reach for the stars!
For GIRLS IN HEALTH: Expose yourself to the sciences as well as other extracurricular activities, find a mentor who is doing what you want to do and ask them for advice, aim high and work hard.