Woman’s tough road leads her to Yale University School of Medicine

Chelesa Fearce graduated at the top of her class, as her and her family dealt with being homeless.

Chelesa Fearce’s story is a story of perseverance.

11Alive first met Fearce and her sister Chelsea back in 2013.

“I told myself that the future is going to be brighter,” Fearce said in 2013.

At time, she was at the top of her class at Charles Drew High School in Atlanta – but her and her family were homeless.

The now 24-year-old is starting her first year at Yale University School of Medicine.

“So, I’m actually doing a dual degree. I’m getting both a medical degree and a PhD,” she explained.

When we first met Fearce she was a student with a 4.6 GPA, and she eventually became valedictorian.

Chelesa Fearce
Chelesa Fearce

Her sister Chelsea was salutatorian at Carver High School in Atlanta.  Their story made national news.

“As a result of that I actually did get a full scholarship to Spelman [College], because I didn’t really talk about being homeless in my application to Spelman. I just talked about it on the news,” she said. “So, they called and said, ‘Hey, we like your story, so we are going to give you a full scholarship.'”

“I’ve gotten some awards so that’s been great too. It also helped with the application to medical school,” she added.

After Fearce graduated from Spelman, she worked at the National Institutes for Health in Maryland

While she is hundreds of miles away in Connecticut.  She said she calls home often.

“It only gets difficult when I see people that are homeless, and sometimes it makes me think about it. But speaking about it isn’t that difficult for me. People don’t realize that it could happen to anybody,” Fearce explained.

She also mentioned that her mom and brother and sisters are doing well. Her sister Chelsea just became a mom and a homeowner.

Fearce’s goal is to become a child psychiatrist.

“It’s hard because no one else in your family has done it and you don’t really have any role models, but I’m going to believe in myself and also hopefully pave the way for my future children and future generations,” she said.

She said the next step is go into residency after she graduates from Yale.

 

https://www.khou.com/article/features/chelesa-fearce-homeless-valedictorian-now-yale-medical-school

Please send us your Feedback, News Item, Confession, gossip or Dear Mckoy, Photos and/or Videos to our WhatsApp Number 1-876-353-1389 or Email [email protected]

Recently Published

Man-BE@TEN-by-Cops-in-Denham-Town-SPEAKS

Man Beaten by Cops in Denham Town Speaks

Hanover man Charge with Lottery Scamming

Hanover man Charge with Lottery Scamming

Crime: Hanover man Charge with Lottery Scamming – At about 2:30 pm on the 15 of October 2019, Robert Bowen age 30, Laborer of Cocoon was charged with Lottery scamming by the members of the lottery Scamming Task Force Area One Head Quarters. He was arrested for allegedly having possession of identity information of other […]

Nyyear Frank - Mckoy's News (6)

PJ Patterson hospitalized

Jamaica News: Former Prime Minister, PJ Patterson, is now a patient at the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in St Andrew. Patterson, 84, was rushed to the medical facility following a motor vehicle accident at his St Andrew residence about 7:45 on Monday evening. Dear McKoy: Promiscuous Married […]

RAF-1-4-670x450

Agriculture Minister Expects Increase In Cocoa Yield

Jamaica News: Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he expects an increase in the yield of cocoa for the fall crop, in areas where the Frosty Pod Rot disease management programme has been implemented. Speaking at a recent media briefing on the management of the disease, at the Ministry, Hope Gardens, […]

DSC_08242-670x450

PHOTOS: KSAMC World Homeless Day Health Fair

Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) Inspector of Poor, Mavis Farquharson (left), speaks to Managing Director of the National Council on Drug Abuse, Michael Tucker (third left); Director of Kingston City Run, Maurice Bryan (second left) and Councillor Alvin Francis (right), about the newly constructed walk-in shower for the homeless at the Poor Relief […]

DDP5250-670x450

New Confucius Institute Handed Over To Gov’t

Jamaica News: The Caribbean’s newest and largest Confucius Institute, which was built by the People’s Republic of China at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Kingston, was officially handed over to the Jamaican Government on Monday (October 14). The facility, which was constructed at a cost of US$5 million and is situated at […]

all-island-trip
Scroll to Top