- Pickerington, OH
Shelemiah comes to IU as the third Scholar from Columbus Academy, a feat which required first transferring high schools, then adapting to the challenging circumstances that came with the transition. She is proud to have taught herself how to communicate with new groups of people and adjust confidently to situations that push her outside her comfort zone, and she’s ready to put these skills back into practice by interacting with all the fresh new faces, communities, and cultures here at IU. Shelemiah is intrigued by things like the skeletal system and the human cell cycle, and she will pursue a pre-med track in human biology with hopes of attending medical school and becoming a physician. Her inspiration comes from her dad’s advice to “use what you’re good at and what you enjoy to help others.” She also plans to further her studies in Spanish and hopes to study abroad somewhere (say, Peru) that will allow her to practice those language skills. Shelemiah has a sweet tooth and especially loves soft chocolate chip cookies: she bakes them herself for quality control! Pink lemonade is a favorite; in fact, Shelemiah has been known to eat lemons whole for their sour and refreshing taste. She would like to thank her teachers at Columbus Academy for believing in her as a new student and for pushing her to become better than she ever thought she could be. Shelemiah will hold the William and Gayle Cook scholarship.