Fearing the fate of her two older sisters who were unable to go to college, Aisha Davis was uncertain about her future and whether or not she would be successful pursuing her degree. As a struggling senior in a high school in New Jersey, Davis questioned if she had what it took to create a better future for herself. During her freshman year of high school, 60 percent of black females in her high school were unsuccessful in obtaining a college degree. Despite these odds, Davis decided to enroll at Johnson C. Smith University and face her biggest fear: success.
Since coming to Johnson C. Smith University her dim and uncertain future has become bright with possibilities. A computer science major, Davis graduated in May 2013 and will be working with Microsoft starting this summer. For an African American woman, majoring and landing a job in this field is a rare accomplishment.
During her time at JCSU, Davis has taught children how to build robots and help them develop an interest in STEM fields through the university’s Stars Alliance program. Davis credits JCSU for giving her the opportunity to attend numerous technology conferences and work with a government agency on cyber security projects. “Since entering JCSU, my life has completely turned in a new direction,” she says.