26th Aug2011

Jamilah Collins – Bethune-Cookman University

by Staff

“I consider my institution (bethune-cookman) to be THEE institution, based on the fact that you receive more than just an education there. I have learned and gained so much in just my first year of college.”

C/O 2014

Major: Social Science Education


Personal Contacts:


How did you decide to become a student at Bethune-Cookman University?

I chose to attend B-CU based on the school’s history, traditions, and pride that can be seen from everyone on the campus, students and faculty alike.

Bethune Cookman University HistoryClick the image and learn more about Bethune-Cookman University’s history courtesy of BlackPast.Org


What professors at Bethune-Cookman University are leaving the most impression upon you as a person and student? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

All of my professors in the History department have left an impact on me. Their love for history and their compassion for students make me want to become an educator even more. They inspire me to make the same impact and create the same passion in the students I will teach as they have done for me.

MORE ABOUT BCU’S HISTORY PROGRAM>”The Bachelor of Arts in History program focuses on the general study and interpretation of the past, including the process of gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing evidence and theories about the history of humankind in particular civilizations, cultures and societies. Students with a background in history may pursue graduate studies or a variety of careers in education, government, foreign service, law, research, communications, editing, archival or library sciences


What is the story of your “experience” to date at Bethune-Cookman University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

I consider my institution to be THEE institution, based on the fact that you receive more than just an education there. I have learned and gained so much in just my first year of college. I have started and gained a better walk with God, learned my purpose that He has for my life with Him & in this world, developed many relationships that have proven to benefit both myself and others, and given my hope and inspiration as I matriculate through the next three years to my dreams.


Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

Since B-CU is located on the world’s most famous beach, the beach is an excellent place to go and spend some quiet and romantic time alone, especially at night. Walking along the ocean and looking up at the moon and the stars with your sweetie makes for one beautiful evening.

Bethune Cookman University Jamilah Collins Daytona Beach, FloridaOf course Nubian Queen Jamilah is talking about the one and only Daytona Beach in Florida!!!


What are the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

It has no affiliation with the school, but it is a favorite for most of the students is a restaurant namedBethune Grill. They offer a variety of foods, including fish, oxtails, and pork chops, but their number one seller is their chicken wings.

Bethun'es Grill near Bethune-Cookman University Jamila Collins

They cover their wings in Shamp’s Famous Honey Wing Sauce, which is both sweet and tangy. You can get this sauce on anything, but it is most commonly seen on the chicken wings or chicken fingers. My favorite dish from here would be the 10 piece no fries in Shamp’s sauce. 🙂


What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?
Hail Wildcats! Hail Wildcats! Hail Wildcats! Hail Wildcats! Hail Wildcat! #Hail Wildcats! Hail (other schools name we’re playing)? H*LL NO! lol
Wildcats in the front, let me hear you grunt, wildcats IN the middle, let me hear you sizzle, wildcats in the rear let me hear you cheer AHH DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT!
My school is also known for our song “Let’s Go Wildcats”, so we also love to dance and sing the lyrics to that song in the stands or even on the quad to get us pumped up.


Who is your College crush?

Definitely more than just a crush, but he knows who he is. 🙂 <3


How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I was never really nervous lol. I just prayed and asked God to create in me the person He wanted me to be and I believe that I am starting to become that person.


What is your major? and Why did you choose it?

My major is Social Science Education and I chose it because my ultimate goal and dream is to become a teacher in inner city schools. I have also loved history all throughout grade school, so why not combine my dream and something I love right?

Atlanta Board of Education Chair LaChandra Butler Burks teaching kids in Atlanta about the political systems in North America.


What to date has been your proudest moment @ Bethune-Cookman University?

My proudest moment would have to have been becoming a student leader on campus. I have gained so many friendships and I have grown as a young woman just by becoming involved on campus. As I learn how to be an impactful leader on campus, I hope that others who see me can see the God in me and the determination that I have. I hope that this will inspire others to have the same for themselves.

Bethune Cookman University Jamilah Collins Daytona Beach, FloridaStop by Bethune-Cookman’s campus and get a tour! Show some love to the legendary Bethune-Cookman University!


What to date has been your saddest moment @ Bethune-Cookman University?

No sad times. Everything that has happened only has made me stronger and happier.


What are you pledging? And why? And if not, why not?

At the moment, I am not going to pledge. Hopefully in the future I will, but I cannot disclose that info at this time lol.

Pledging Bethune-Cookman University Jamilah CollinsWhat do you think Jamilah will pledge?


How are you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)?
I am currently a Residential Assistant for the upcoming school year. I am involved on campus in various clubs such as History Club, Made Women, Toastmasters (which is a public speaking preparation club),Student Orientation leaderPeer Counselors, Pre-Alumni, and many others. I am a proud supporter of the previous freshman class and my sophomore class. I also support the new SGA board and our new Mr. & Miss B-CU. I am also very supportive of the male organizations on campus that serve to bring positivity to our male students. I am definitely a busy girl lol.

Student Government Association Bethune-Cookman University Jamilah CollinsBethune-Cookman University Student Government Association For 2010-2011


Where is the “yard” located?

The “yard”, which is referred to on our campus as the “quad”, is located on the central campus. This is where the female residential halls, Faith Hall (the first building ever built on our campus)White Hall (the chapel), and all Greek affiliated trees are located. This is where most of our students hang out in the afternoons/evenings with their friends or Greek families and just have a great time.


Faith Hall Mary-McCleod Bethune Bethune-Cookman University Jamilah CollinsFamed Faith Hall on the Beautiful Campus of Bethune-Cookman University!


What and where are the historical places on campus?

As mentioned above, our first building built is Faith Hall. It is currently used for our C.A.R.E.S. offices. We also have Dr. Bethune’s house located near the Carl S. Swisher library. It has been currently renovated and is now open to the public for tours.

 Mary McCleod Bethune House in Daytona Beach, Florida Bethune-Cookman University Jamilah CollinsNubian Queen Dr. Bethune’s House in Daytona Beach, Florida


Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

They believe that Dr. Bethune roams campus in the form of a cat, but that is not true lol. However, this particular cat is always near the Delta tree, as we all know that Dr. Bethune was a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.


How many “firsts” have you had at college ? What are they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

This was actually my first time experiencing different types of people. I mean, I have grown up around different people, but this time was different. I have experienced so may different personalities, but I have to say I definitely enjoyed what I have learned to far.


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