Current Aggie Student Ambassador and former Orientation Student Leader, Mr. Laws is currently a student at North Carolina A&T State University pursuing a degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in International Studies. From transferring to A&T from a pwi to becoming actively involved on campus; Mr. Laws famed “HBCU Experience” is a great read and a story with many more pages left to be filled.
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?
I actually transferred from a PWI and it was the best decision of my life. My experience at a PWI allowed me to get a glimpse of both sides of the spectrum. The biggest thing that attracted me to an HBCU North Carolina A&T in particular, was the family atmosphere.
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What city are you from? Who introduced you to the greatness of HBCUs?
I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina and I was introduced to the greatness of HBCUs the first time I went to Battle of the Bands at Memorial Stadium with A&T, SCSU, and a few others.
As I said before, the family atmosphere at the football games, to social events, even in the class room, my HBCU is a LARGE family.
Which professors are leaving the most impression upon your academic and personal life? What do they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?
If I had to choose one professor in particular (which is very difficult due to the multitude of professors that have made an impact on my life), it would have to be Dr. T. Quaye. She teaches various time periods of History, but African American History would be my favorite.
Dr. Tiffany Quaye
She doesn’t teach you what to think, but she forces you to think beyond your conventional mind. She teaches you to investigate further than what is perceived at face value.
What is the story of your “HBCU experience”?
The story of my HBCU experience: As a transfer student I simply wanted to go to A&T, get my degree and get on with my life. After my first semester my mindset changed completely and I yearned to become apart of everything that I could.
I became a leader around campus helping with incoming and prospective students. Also obtained the best GPA in my college career while remaining active.
What is your major? and Why did you choose it?
I am a Liberal Studies student with a concentration in International Studies. I chose this major because out of high school, I completed the requirements of the Bill Gates Asia Society program which was a small scale version of International Studies.
If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?
I am proud that you have made it thus far and chosen to follow in the footsteps of generations before you because there are some that you may even know who have chosen to do otherwise. Welcome to the HBCU experience, be sure to embrace it and in being successful, instill in your heart to give back to the next group coming along because you yourself did not reach success on your OWN!
(I couldn’t speak ONLY two sentences seriously because there is so much advice and encouragement to be given, especially when associated with an HBCU)
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“The night President Barack Obama was elected will forever remain etched in my heart and being, as I felt proud to be a part of my generation, of this country, of my Black race, of history, and to be a proud Claflinite.”
“My mentor is a graduate of Fisk University and she really inspired me to attend. Also, my passion for music led me to the Jubilee Singers. I wanted to become part of a legacy and better myself so that I can help carry it along.”
“My mother also gave a recount of her time at VSU and how wonderful it was. A few days later, I received a large envelope in the mail. I had been accepted to the nation’s first public HBCU and couldn’t have been more proud to attend.”