Student Profiles: Bria Carrithers, C'2015
Bria K. Carrithers is currently a junior Biology/Pre-Medicine major. Since embarking on her journey through Spelman’s gates, Carrithers has been exposed to various opportunities both in and out of the classroom that continue to foster her love for science and her pursuit of a medical degree.
Some of her activities include being a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta volunteer at the Hughes Spalding site, a TeenAngels Society Mentor for the Spelman Chapter, a Spelman STEM Scholar, Spelman College’s Health Careers Club Vice President (2013-2014), membership in Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success, an award recipient of the undergraduate research award at the 2013 Curtis Parker Symposium at Morehouse School of Medicine, and the scholarship recipient of The Barbara H. Ferguson Scholarship in Biology. Carrithers is the only representative of Spelman College for the inaugural class of 2014 HBCU All Stars.
She credits all of her hard work to her parents, Gene and Carolyn. “My parents always instilled the importance of education to my future and never selling myself short. I would not have achieved as much as I have without them! I feel like that is a critical part of continuing education; you need a support system to persevere through the rough patches before you make it to success. I’m so thankful to say that they are my biggest cheerleaders, my reasons for being successful in school, and I love them! They are the real reason why I am an HBCU All Star; they have always pushed me towards excellence and never let me settle for anything less than my best.”
After Spelman, Carrithers plans to attend medical school to become an Internal Medicine physician, specializing in hematology/oncology, specifically focusing on health disparities/diseases that affect African Americans and other minorities. She also looks to practice in rural communities that have less access to healthcare and to branch out into the field of research in cancers and blood disorders.