FOSSI: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello! My name is Kamari Shaw. I am 18 years old and I was born and raised in the city of Memphis. While Memphis has a reputation of being a violent city, I like to think that it's full of promise and breeds success. Growing up in Memphis instilled a certain hustle and hardworking mentality in me. I knew that my education would be key to the lifestyle I wanted to live as an adult, so I took that and used it to excel in my academics. I maintained a 4.0 gpa throughout high school and was inducted into the National Honor Society as well as a few other distinguished clubs. I am a very family oriented person; I am who I am because of the intense support system my family has provided me with throughout my life and for that, I am thankful.
FOSSI: Why are you passionate about pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field?
From an early age, way before I knew what career I wanted to pursue, I’ve always known I wanted to be in a position where I could help people.
As a doctor, I would quite literally have the opportunity to save lives and just the thought of that makes me smile! I am a well grounded individual, so to be able to not only help future patients, but also build a connection with them, takes my passion for science to a whole different level.
FOSSI: Share a few fun facts about yourself.
- I was a very active and outgoing child. I participated in gymnastics, cheer, boxing, piano, and even choir (Although I couldn’t sing!).
- During covid, I became a small business owner and sold delicious desserts like cookies, cakes, and pies!
- I was nominated by my peers to serve on the senior class officer board where I planned activities such as prom and our senior class trip.
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