- Speaking about his major feat during a recent interview with 11Alive, Alena said she has always been intentional with her studies from a very young age
- According to the young scholar, she will be done with college at 16 and will go-ahead to work with NASA
- Her achievements have made her mum Daphne McQuarter proud that she supports her fully and wants her to go to the highest level possible
At 12 years, most kids do not even know what they want to become when they grow up but not for Alena Wicker.
Well, 12-year-old prodigy Alena recently warmed the hearts of many after graduating from high school with dreams of becoming an engineer and driving space rovers, working for NASA.
TUKO.co.ke has learnt Alena just graduated from high school and is currently looking forward to her undergraduate career at Arizona State University, where she intends to major in astronomical and planetary science and chemistry.
Speaking about his major feat during a recent interview with 11Alive, Alena said she has always been intentional with her studies from a very young age.
“I just had a goal I wanted to get to. I always dreamed of being an engineer at NASA because throughout my life I liked the building.” Alena said.
During her interview, Alena disclosed that she is not only much interested in building space rovers similar to the one sent in Mars’ perseverance mission but also plans to drive them too.
“I’ll be driving in one of those future space mobiles by the time that I graduate college. I’m just planning it all as I go. It doesn’t matter what your age or what you’re planning to do. Go for it, dream, then accomplish it.” Alena added.
Her achievements have made her mum Daphne McQuarter proud that she supports her fully and wants her to go to the highest level possible.
Daphne says she is in full support of her girl and hopes she achieves her dreams of changing the world through STEM at such a young age.
“She just had a gift for numbers and Lego and science so I started nurturing that gift,” the mum told 11Alive.
According to the mum, her daughter expressed her interest in working for NASA when she was only four.
It was at that juncture that she knew her child was gifted.
In similar inspiring Briefly.co.za reports, it takes only one act of determination to help change the outlook of many people. A young man who has helped change many people's outlooks after he started building beautiful upmarket apartments in townships.
Heading online, a South African social media user with the Twitter handle, @oupapilane recently headed online to share an appreciation post with the young man who is uplifting and beautifying local townships, one beautiful apartment building at a time.
"Appreciation tweet. This young man has been developing upmarket apartments in the township, I pray that many more could watch and learn how to create wealth at a younger age. At my age, he is my inspiration," Oupa captioned the pictures of the innovative young man and his properties.
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