An aspiring and ambitious student, Meher Farooq had grown up dreaming of becoming a doctor. As a kid, she researched health issues for her parents to help them with their medical treatments. Full of curiosity, Meher spent countless hours studying the world of medicine. She felt like a pioneer in her studies because no one in her family had ever pursued medicine.
Her world opened up to opportunity and possibility when Meher signed a contract with Take Stock in Children's Palm Beach County program. Through the program, she was encouraged to enroll at Lake Worth High School's medical program. Her hands-on classes allowed her to practice glucose testing, read EKGs, draw blood, and take vitals.
From her Take Stock mentors, Meher gained confidence and support and graduated high school as valedictorian and went on to attend University of Florida as a pre-med student in the Honors Program. She graduated with a 3.75 GPA and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa.
Today, Meher serves as a Literacy AmeriCorps College Readiness Coach at Take Stock’s Palm Beach program. She has a caseload of 61 students at 9 schools, one of which is her former high school. Meher has achieved many successes in her life but she feels her biggest success is the impact that she’s had on the lives of her students who follow in her footsteps. Meher says she tries to remind the students to keep fighting in the face of adversity and often shares her favorite quote, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
As Meher moves forward in her medical career this fall, she aims to continue paying it forward by studying Underserved Medicine at FSU College of Medicine.