01st Sep2011

Bianca Dorsey – Spelman College

by Staff

“To be completely honest, Spelman was not my first choice. I actually wanted to attend Harvard University. But after speaking with my mentor who is a professor at Harvard and is alum of Spelman, she convinced me to attend Spelman. “Spelman is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she told me.”

C/O 2013

Major: Drama/Theater
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How did you decide to become a student at Spelman College?

To be completely honest, Spelman was not my first choice. I actually wanted to attend Harvard University. But after speaking with my mentor who is a professor at Harvard and is alum of Spelman, she convinced me to attend Spelman. “Spelman is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she told me. After some research about the school, I strongly appreciated the history of the institution and the many prestigious woman who graduated from the school. So I applied..and was accepted! Although due to financial reasons I was not able to attend my first year (I attended Morgan State University, which was AMAZING for the time I was there), I was too deeply in love with the school to stop. So I still pursued. I am here now and I love it!


What professors at Spelman College 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?

Ah! I have grown very close to many of my professors. But actually I have become quite inspired by two in particular; they are Dr. Marionette Holmes and Dr. Jane Smith.

Dr. Marionette Holmes Alumni of Spelman College featured in Bianca Dorsey InterviewDr. Marionette Holmes, Alumnus of Spelman College

Dr. Jane Smith featured in Bianca Dorsey of Spelman College My HBCU InterviewDr. Jane Smith of Spelman College

I feel that these are the professors that see potential in me that I can’t even see…and they continue to work with me. They are the two women that I look up to and that makes my Spelman experience worth while.


What is the story of your “experience” to date at Spelman College given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

To be completely honest yet again, the transition to Spelman was NOT easy. With the AUC being such a close-knit community, I felt somewhat out of place. Everyone already had their cliques established; being a transfer is not easy. I felt worst because in the back of my head, I often tell myself, “I was suppose to be here my first semester.” But I am a firm believer that God works everything out for the good of those who love Him. So even though I don’t see the good, its there. Aside from my social life, my academics could have been much better. I got sick at the end of my first semester, so I had to finish those 20 credits the next semester, in addition to my 16 credits. Imagine the pressure of having to virtually finish an entire year in one semester! Ultimately, my experience to date has been that of a humbling and learning one. I now know what to expect and I am mentally and spiritually preparing for my Junior year and bonding more with my class and getting back up to my 4.0 status!


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

On campus? All we have is the cafe and the grill…they are pretty much the same. Unless you want to include Jazzman’s, which is on Morehouse’s campus…their smoothies are amazin!

Corinne Stevie’s Performance @ Jazzman’s
Off campus…

I love California Pizza KitchenRu Sans (I hope I spelled that correctly), and Rosa Mexicanas. I absolutely love guacamole and sushi (in different settings, of course). Rosas and Ru Sans are great for that. Late night orders…I love Chico & Changs. Best chinese food!

Ru Sans Restaurant featured in My HBCU Interview with Bianca Dorsey of Spelman College
Read Kesmic Jackson’s Review on Ru Sans!; Image Courtesy of GoWalla


What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

Spelman has a lot of cute chants! I’ve never been to a “Spelman” game (I know its horrible), but at our other events, you’ll hear “Oh dont you wish you were a Spelmanite like me cuz we’re the oh so fine divas of the AUC.’


How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I have always been a very personable person so I did not have many times being nervous. When there was a time I did get nervous I would call home and talk to my mother to see how she could have settled the issue or what she would have done differently. With the overall workload, I had to adjust and learn that all teachers are not the same.


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

I am now a drama/theater major. At first I was a biology major because throughout life I was pushed to become this doctor that I found out I did not want to be. I changed to drama because I feel as though it better suits me as a person and I can find a better career for me.


What to date has been your proudest moment at Spelman College?

When my mom and gma were at the parting ceremony and they told me how proud they were and how they cant wait to see me succeed!


What to date has been your saddest moment @ Spelman?

Unfortunately over this past summer two of our classmates at Spelman and Morehouse passed in car accidents.


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

I am not sure exactly what I would like to pledge but I will most definitely take heed to what they do around the school and not just what colors you like. I will also look at the sisterhood, community service, and scholarship they do.


How are you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

I wish I was more active in school as I was in high school. I guess it is never too late. Recently this year I joined BPRS Black Public Relations Society, which shows you the basics of PR and what to do to success. Also the granddaughters club which is for legacies of Spelman College to have meetings and do community services.


Where is the “yard” located?

The yard is more like a strip located on Clark and Morehouse campus. People hang out there at night and after different events. It is a real chill spot to meet people and hang with friends.


What and where are the historical places on campus?

I am not sure of the historical places except the dorms the founders are named after. Around the corner also is Friendship Baptist Church where Spelman was founded.


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

Not that I know of.


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.)

I did have my first job interview for an internship and I nailed it. I did not accept it though because it was located a little far. It was great for experience though.

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