As for spending nearly a year away in a foreign country, it's not something Watson
hasn't experienced before.
moved to Paris for three weeks as an exchange student when he
was 10, not long after his
mother, Aisya Taylor-Watson, died of cancer.
Taylor-Watson believes his
mother's spirit travels with him everywhere he
"I know she's
looking down at me, everything I do, smiling - disapproving of some stuff, and then I go back and change it up," he
once told the Daily Press
"She'll be with me.
doesn't have a choice."
Aisya will now travel with Dakari as he
takes another step closer to reaching his
longtime goal of practicing in the field of science and medicine.
father, Robert Watson
, told the AFRO that studying science runs in the family blood.
"I'm a history professor, but I also have a [Bachelor's of Science] in chemistry and one of my nieces has a degree in physics, while another niece majored in biology," said Watson, who currently teaches African-American history at Hampton University.
"I believe that's one of the main reasons he's
so intrigued with the field."
said witnessing his
mother's illness may have also influenced his
son's interest in science.
"Being old enough to witness that may have inspired him to be a part of saving or improving others' lives," he