04th Sep2011

Kari Dickens – Bethune-Cookman University

by Staff

“I am an criminal justice major. I want to become an FBI Agent, Juvenile counselor, or Forensic Psychologist.”

C/O 2012

Major: Criminal Justice Major

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

I decided to become a student at Bethune Cookman University after recieving a band scholarship to become apart of the Marching wildcats. without my scholarship I probably would not be apart of something as great as this legacy.


kari-dickens-bethune-cookman-university-myhbcuinterview-marching-wildcatsThe Marching Wildcats about to perform!


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?

In the criminal justice department you have many professors who strive to help all students achieve academically. All of my professors have given go qualities to last a life time. Bethune Cookman is very small which is a good thing because you build great bonds with your professors.


Image Courtesy of the National Black Police Association


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

I was very nervous going so far away from my hometown which is washington d.c, not to mention the first to attend college in my family. I was basically entering a new environment.

Washington, DC – Home To President Obama (Image Courtesy of Soul of America)

Joining the band has been the best decision to make. It has taught me discipline, and welcomed me with love to a very big family away from home. I managed to keep good grades, and became apart of the best sorority “Tau Beta Sigma”. I never knew I would be as successful as I am now. Im going into my senior year at Cookman, and pleased to say that my journey has only begun.

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

The best spot is the beach. You can always go there to clear your mind…or cuddle 🙂


Bethune Cookman University Jamilah Collins Daytona Beach, FloridaEverybody we interview keeps saying “the beach”. There must be something special about Daytona!


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

The Bethune Grill is the best spot near BCU. I always get 6 pc with fries oh yea and you can’t forget the fresh lemonade! 🙂


Bethun'es Grill near Bethune-Cookman University Kari Dickens


What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?
Hail Wildcats!!!! the band normally starts the chants!

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I actually wasnt nervous at all. I wanted to get away. I love my family, but I knew that it was time to start my life. I didnt really have a choice either. I am in college to help myself and family, they deserve the best.

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

I am an criminal justice major. I want to become an FBI Agent, Juvenile counselor, or Forensic Psychologist.



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

2010 Football Season.

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

My saddest moment was when my fellow band member “freshman brother” passed away. His smile always brightened up your day. He is truly missed.

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

I am currently a proud member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority Inc, and I plan to be more active in the future.

What and where are the historical places on campus?

Mary’s House which is right beside the library, as well as her grave site.

Mary's-house-bethune-cookman-university-kari-dickens-myhbcuinterviewWe encourage you to click the image and learn about the Great History of Bethune Cookman University | Image courtesy of Bethune Cookman University


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.)

My first party,registered voting card,marching band performance, love… 🙂

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Graduate of an HBCU and true believer in HBCUs being the best at giving a well-rounded education academically and personally.




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