How to Succeed When Everyone Thinks You are Failing
Morris-Priester remembers watching in awe as doctors cared for her ailing
grandmother—deciding she would someday join their ranks. She graduated
from high school, despite becoming a mother at age 16, but had to put her
dreams of medical school on hold.
By age 29, with five children and a husband who wanted her to delay her
dreams, she left the marriage to pursue her goals. While working multiple
jobs, she attended Harrisburg Area Community College and graduated summa
cum laude with an associate degree in nursing in 1996.
In 2007, Morris-Priester became the first grandmother to graduate from Yale
School of Medicine and was recognized by Oprah Winfrey for her perseverance,
inspiration, and compassion to others.
- Karen Morris-PriesterBoard Certified Anesthesiologist, Motivational Speaker