A lot of my close friends know that my grandmother was and continues to be my biggest inspiration. She was a strong hardworking independent woman that impacted numerous people through her many roles as a community leader, an educator and an activist. She was a tough lady but, her friendly and nurturing spirit was always a breath of fresh air for any and all she came in contact with. Every once in a while I meet someone that possesses a similar spirit to my grandmothers. If there were such a thing as the Dr. Daisy B. Alexander Humanitarian or Inspirational Award Casey Wadsworth would be the first recipient.

I first met Casey during an academic transitional program designed for recent African

“I would describe my look as simple but classy. I dress it up often, but I don’t overdo it.”

American, Latino, Asian, and Native American (AALANA) high school graduates who have been accepted to the College of Charleston and are enrolling for the fall semester, SPECTRA. Although she was not the mentor for my group she was always a available with a smile to anyone that sought her out for help both during the program and also throughout her time at CofC.She is currently a 2nd year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina where she continues her legacy as a mentor by assisting first and second year medical students.

Casey has been natural for four years and describes her look as “simple yet classy”–I’m sure that any of you with the pleasure of knowing her can agree. For her fellow naturalistas (brothas too) she suggests Coconut oil and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie as her go to products. Thanks Casey for letting me feature you as a Natural Influence!

Check out our improvised photo shoot below with my good friend Fred Quick an Undergraduate Admission Counselor for the College and another fellow CofC alum. Casey was kind enough to let me take pictures while she and her classmate prepared for a new semester by studying near the pier on Folly Beach.

“Have a passion for what you do; if you don’t, those around you can see it. And whatever it is that you’re passionate about, research it. Know your craft better than anyone around you. Lastly, have fun take care of yourself, mentally, physically, and emotionally.”

-Casey W.


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