BY C.S. HOWARD
Chelsea Williams graduated from Booker High School in 2009 where she was active in the National Honor Society, Gospel Choir, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Marching Band, and Academic Olympics. She was also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Precious Pearls mentoring program. After high school, she attended Smith College, a liberal arts college in Northampton, Massachusetts, which one of the “Seven Sisters” school that some consider an Ivy League school. She received a Bachelors degree in Sociology with a minor in Statistics.
During her college career, Chelsea was in- volved in several exciting ventures. an opportunity to study abroad in Manchester, England in 2012, and during spring breaks, her travels included Rome, Paris, Dublin, Berlin, Barcelona and Casablanca (Morocco). She also had an opportunity to work as an au pair (a live-in nanny) from September-December 2013 i n Valladolid , Spain. Chelsea’s travels also included cities in the United States, such as San Francisco, Houston, New Orleans, New York City, Washington, DC, Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia. She speaks, reads and writes in Spanish.
Returning to Sarasota, Chelsea went to work for the Florida Department of Health in Sara She had sota County where she worked as a Human Services Program Specialist, assisting individuals in enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace (the Affordable Care Act), the Florida KidCare and Medicaid. For the past two years, she worked as a Senior Clerk in the Primary Care and Children’s Health department. Since returning to Sarasota, she was an active member and volunteer with ASALH – Association for the Study of African American Life and History - and was a recruitment volunteer for Smith College Club of Sarasota. She represented the club at the National Volunteer Conference held in November 2015.
Chelsea left earlier this week, on August 8th for St. Louis, Missouri where she has been accepted into a Post - Baccalaureate Premedical Program (a career-changer program) at Washington University in St. Louis. The University ranks #15 in national universities. The program lasts two years, inclusive of summer courses. Her ultimate goal is to become a Medical Doctor. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys Latin ballroom and i s the daughter of the Andrea Storey Williams of Sarasota, and Michael Williams of Detroit, MI, and the granddaughter of Sharon Storey Dunlap.
To what do you attribute your success?
Accepting that though life is not and will never be perfect, it does not mean you shouldn’t try to succeed (however success looks to you).
What advice do you have for a young person today?
There is no formula to success except to keep pushing forward, no matter what. Even when something appears to be negative, there is always a way to work it to your benefit. Accept your limitations and work on your strengths.