My Role Model: Dr. Mae Jemison


Dr. Mae Jemison was born during the year 1956 on October 17. Mae and her family moved to Chicago very early on in her life with her two sisters, her mother who was a teacher, and her father who was a maintenance supervisor. Starting from a young age, she was interested in studying science, specifically after watching Nichelle Nichols play Lieutenant Uehara on Star Trek. She graduated from Stanford University in 1977 after receiving a bachelor from studying chemical engineering and African and African-American arts. Jemison traveled to Cuba, Cambodia, and Africa where she worked and served for medical purposes. She applied for a program at NASA called the astronaut program in 1985. She was accepted to the program in 1987. She and six others went into space on September 12, 1992, after receiving her first mission on September 28, 1989. She still struggled a lot despite her success. She dealt with a lot of racism and rejection.

Mae Jemison is an extremely inspirational person because of all of her accomplishments and the advice that she gives to others to not only people who want to follow in her footsteps but also those who have dreams to pursue other careers. Something that she has said that is very helpful and encouraging is, “Pay attention to what’s going on around you. You have to be able to take criticism and to critique yourself. You also have to know what you do well.” Another inspirational quote from her is, “Use your place at the table. Everybody’s always saying they want a place at the table and then they act like everyone else and they mind their table manners. Bring your experiences to bear on the questions that are asked. Find the nerve to say the things that have to be said, even when it’s hard.” 

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