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I Found My Niche at Howard University

Student Name: Ilahi Creary

School: Howard University

Major: Biology

“Hi! My name is Ilahi Creary, and I am a junior biology major and chemistry minor attending Howard University. During my college selection process, I never thought that I’d end up at an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) but I am so glad that I did. It has been a very pivotal experience in me finding myself as both a black woman and an adult. Between meeting people that will be my friends for life (shoutout to my @akpsi_psitau bros💙💛) and finding my true career path, I am so grateful to be able to contribute to the beautiful legacy of HBCUs and black education!

My ultimate career goal is to become a surgeon and eventually open my own research lab for minority STEM students. Having to continue my education and gain experience in my field during the pandemic has been difficult but not impossible. This summer I volunteered with a student led organization where I was able to tutor STEM students in India. I also participated as the social media marketing manager where I helped to raise $1,500 for school supplies to send to those students. Following that, I took a Covid-contact tracing course with Johns Hopkins University and was even selected to be a contact tracer for about a month. All of this has taught me so much about the importance of establishing relationships within your given field and has contributed to my passion of pursuing my MD. I can’t wait to become a doctor and inspire bright minds of new generations!”—@diosa.sol

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Author: Abby Proch

Abby Proch is an award-winning writer and editor whose experiences range from news reporting at a rural community newspaper to teaching online college English courses to copywriting for a major sporting goods retailer. Abby takes pride in her yinzer roots but knows how to turn on the fancy talk, too. When she's not obsessively writing and rewriting to find the perfect turn of phrase, she's caring for her kiddos while sipping her (often cold) coffee.