05th Sep2011

Shanelle D. Frazier – Coahoma Community College – Mississippi Valley State University

by Staff

Why an HBCU? “For both institutions, they were close to home, I had full scholarships and I was just excited about college altogether.”

Coahoma Community College C/O 2006

Mississippi Valley State University C/O 2008

Major: Mass Communications

Shanelle’s Blog: Shadiofraz Blog Spot

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How did you decide to become a student at Coahoma Community College and Mississippi Valley State University?

For both institutions, they were close to home, I had full scholarships and I was just excited about college altogether.


What professors at Coahoma Community College and/or Mississippi Valley State University left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

At CCC, Mrs. Camielle Walker, English instructor, will always be remembered because she taught and praised me with how well I handled grammatical errors. I proofread many things today and the errors practically jump out at me.

At MVSU, Dr. Samuel Osunde, department chair and Ms. Colleen White, Mass Comm instructor helped me to succeed and remain positive in all things. They have done so much for me that I can’t begin to name them all. They are not only my professors, but they are now my friends.


What is the story of your “experience” at Coahoma Community College and Mississippi Valley State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious HBCU?

My experience led me to say that no matter a person’s background or race, everyone should attend an HBCU. There is so much unexplored diversity, why not experience it? My experiences were positive but challenging and that only led me to grow as a person. HBCUs rock!!


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

At MVSU, many people would hang out at The Pavilion on campus.


What were the best restaurants on and near the campuses? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

We didn’t have restaurants on our campuses. Both colleges are very small. But, I liked eating cheeseburgers and fries from McCool’s restaurant and then visiting the local franchises nearby.


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

At CCC, it was “Go Tigers” or “Maroon and White, Fight, Fight, Fight.” At MVSU, it was “Fe Fi Fo Fum, you’re looking down the barrel of the devil’s gun.”


Who was your College crush?



How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I was always excited about college but my mother was always there and having close friends with me at the same school really helped.


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

At CCC, I majored in Computer Science, because my first choice was unavailable at the time.

At MVSU, I majored in Mass Communications-Radio/TV Broadcasting. I have always enjoyed watching anchors and talk show hosts. This major fitted me well, because I love to talk, I speak well, I write well and I would like to do entertainment television or be a part of a team for a TV show.


What has been your proudest moment @ Coahoma Community College and/or Mississippi Valley State University?

My proudest moment was being the Valedictorian of Mississippi Valley State University.


What was your saddest moment @ Coahoma Community College and/or Mississippi Valley State University?

My saddest moment was graduation. I missed all of my friends, instructors and the people that I was used to seeing on a regular basis. Things definitely changed once I graduated.


What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

I did not pledge because I am not interested in the Greek life.


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

At CCC, I was an Ambassador for CCC, cheerleader, Miss Sophomore, a member of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), Math and Science Symposium, Computer Science Club, and Navo-Oceanographic mentoring program.

At MVSU, I was a calendar girl-Miss April, President’s Scholar, Communications Director of SGA (Student Government Association), member of Communications Club, Lambda Pi Eta and Valedictorian.


Where was the “yard” located?

The yard was on the campus, it was the campus.


What and where were the historical places on campus?

To my knowledge, the historical information was located in the library, but I’m unsure of a place on campus that was historical.


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

Of course every campus has a story. They were a few stories at both of my HBCUs but one that really stands out is this.

At CCC, there is legend that a girl named “Mackey” was raped and thrown into a lake by a football player. There is a lake behind the campus and it is named “Mackey Lake.” The football team has had a bad season record for years and many believe that it is a curse from Mackey. She will not allow the team to win because she was raped by a football player. This story has been told for many years. So, who knows?


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

The only first that I can remember is that I received my first 4.0 GPA at MVSU.


If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

I would thank them for being an inspiration in my life, and I hope that I have made them proud. I would also let them know that they will forever be in my heart and I will continue to excel.


When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I am still on the journey but I think that my passion is helping people, students in particular. I currently work with high school and college students. It amazes me how students can be easily misinformed or they either just simply don’t know something, specifically dealing with education.

My job is to do all that I can for them and to answer any questions about what they can do to continue and further their education. This was discovered when I was a student and it was confirmed since I’m actually working now and I see a different perspective.


What’s your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

We are living to die to get to a better place, so you must do all that you can to make it there.


If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?
Never allow anyone to tell you that you can’t do something, and you prove them right.

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