Mariah McGee, born to parents, Vashon and Yolanda McGee, is a 20-year-old Junior, Human Development and Family Science major at Alcorn State University (ASU).
Raised in the small town of New Hebron, Mississippi, McGee chose to become a Human Development and Family Science major because she has a passion for children. “I strongly believe that children are our future. I want to be a part of making the children of today’s society the best that they can be so that when they get older, not only will they be a valuable asset for the world but be a better version of me and others,” stated McGee.
McGee’s biggest inspirations in her life are her younger cousins. “Anyone that knows me, knows that my little cousins are my heart,” said McGee. Every day she strives to be the perfect example for them so they will always know that they can accomplish anything in this world and to always follow their hearts. She lives by the scripture from Jeremiah 29:11 which states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “they are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
McGee is a member of several organizations on ASU’s campus such as IMPACT Community Service, National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), and Alcorn Brave Ambassadors. In early September, McGee decided to step out on faith and run for Miss Human Sciences in her department. She stated, “I decided to run for this position because I wanted the opportunity to be more involved in my department, get a better understanding of what it is all about, network and meet new people, inform others of the good works of the department and lastly, be a voice for the students there.” She was successful in her pursuit of becoming Miss Human Sciences. With this title, she will serve as a representative, voicing the opinions and concerns of her fellow student body. McGee’s contributions to her newfound title include, but are not limited to, being able to bring fresh ideas to the department while continuing to maintain its core values and use her past knowledge and experiences to help facilitate positive conversations between her department and the student body regarding ways to further improve their area of study.
After graduating Alcorn, McGee plans to go back to her hometown and work as a teacher for Pre-K to 5th grade. While working, she plans to obtain her Masters in Education. After obtaining that degree, she would like to further her career by becoming a collegiate educator or becoming a part of the school board.