24th Apr2016

Kandace Walker – Lane College – 2015

by Staff

“I chose my HBCU because of its rich history. Also one of the many great things about Lane College is that it creates the true sense of Family.”

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Kandace Walker of Lane College, Class of 2015 | Image Credit: Kandace Walker

Name
Kandace Walker

Your HBCU?
Lane College

Graduation Year?
2015

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?
I am from Bolivar TN. I was introduced to HBCU’s through multiple family members, most of them being TSU graduates.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose my HBCU because of its rich history. Also one of the many great things about Lane College is that it creates the true sense of Family.

Major? Why did you choose it?

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Kandace Walker hard at work! | Image Credit: Kandace Walker

I chose to major in Mass communications because it has always been my dream to communicate with the public on a larger scale.

What is the story of your “experience” at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

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Kandace Walker showing her love for Lane College!| Image Credit: Kandace Walker

As a freshman, I was a little apprehensive about attending Lane College because it was so close to home. Being the shy and timid person that I once was, it took me a while to adapt to the environment however after meeting a few very influential people, that soon changed. Before I knew it, I had come out of my shell.

Winning first runner up in the Miss Lane pageant as well as the Miss Black and Gold pageant in 2014 I had become a social butterfly. I also became an avid volunteer and was elected treasurer of my campuses NAACP chapter and Mass communications club.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

The woman who inspired me the most was Mrs. Virginia Crump. A lady of many hats, and a force to be reckoned with, she motivated me to be all that I can be a true “mover and a shaker”. I could also never forget Mr. Kirkendoll,Dr. Jackson,Mr. Johnson and Ms. Graves.

Questions about Mass Comm? Lane College? Ask Kandace! 

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24th Apr2016

Rafiel Davi – South Carolina State University – 2015

by Staff

“I loved my experience (at SCSU). I love people so it wasn’t hard for me to love the campus life.”

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My Graduation Celebration | Image Credit: Rafiel Davi

Name
Rafiel Davi

Your HBCU?
South Carolina State University

Graduation Year?
2015

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Im from North Charleston, South Carolina. My first experience with an HBCU, I believe, was in 4th grade. I was living in Atlanta and my aunt took me to the Atlanta Football Classic to see FAMU vs Tennessee State. This was the first college game I had been to since my uncle had graduated from the Air Force Academy a year prior. The atmosphere was crazy and sitting in the suites at the dome getting free hotdogs sure helped with the experience lol

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

After that game, I attended many events hosted by HBCUs. I attended the SC State football game vs The Citadel in Charleston. I had also been on two “Black College Tours” hosted by the YMCA. I enjoyed every college I attended. I’m big on energy and vibes and the PWIs I visited never gave me that real “at home” vibe. I don’t think it actually dawn on me at the time, because I was so young, that the image of our people in a positive light really does play an impact on how you view yourself.

Sadly, I wasn’t accepted to any of the HBCUs I initially applied to coming out of high school. I was pretty disappointed. The PWI I attended my freshman year didn’t really make me feel comfortable so I decided to transfer. I reapplied to a different set of HBCUs and was accepted to all of them. I chose State!

Major? Why did you choose it?

Music Industry. I love everything about music so I wanted to get a degree in it. No elaborate explanation here lol

What is the story of your “experience” at South Carolina State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

I loved my experience. I love people so it wasn’t hard for me to love the campus life. To be completely honest at one point i didn’t want to finish college. I was literally in my last year. I had a few setbacks that kind of made me want to stop. But, every time I looked at the negatives, I always thought of the positives and continued to ask myself, “Do I really want to be away from the campus right now?” The fact that i was almost done with school played a factor as well lol. In all honesty, there’s a lot of love at State that definitely didn’t get at my first school.

“First time” experiences at South Carolina State University?

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Rafiel performing at the Delta Sigma Theta Open Mic |Image Credit: Rafiel Davi

I started doing music when I was in 6th grade. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school I decided to be a recording artist. I’ve been performing since 6th grade as well but those were for band and for my african drumming group. Never had I performed songs that I wrote. But, my first year at State, my friends and I performed at a fashion show. They had more experience than I did so they were ready. I was in the hallway pacing, nerves going crazy, while they were on the stage. When my part of the song came up, I walked through the door and started rapping. The crowd went wild and it just boosted my confidence. Had a brother doing somersaults on the stage lol. The experience was crazy and we ended up in the school paper. I will NEVER forget that experience. I actually go back to that in my mind every time i perform.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Dr. Steven Reid, Dr. Rouse, and Mr. Haynes were the ones who really kept me humble and focused on my goals.

Dr. Reid was my advisor and trumpet instructor. He went to bat for me on plenty occasions and he was always there in his office if you needed to just get away. I think every student needs that.

Dr. Rouse was my speech teacher. He pushed me to understand more about public speaking. He would tell me, “You have the potential to be a great speaker,” while putting an F in the grade book for my speech. (like i said, humbling lol). I use to want to do the assignments my way so when I decided to no be stubborn I made good grades.

Mr. Haynes was my supervisor in the Recital Hall where I did sound engineering. He was another person that humbled you as well. When you felt like you were great he would show you someone in the field that was greater. So it made you work harder.

Timless Entertainment, Mr. Davis' company|Image Credit: Timeless Entertainment, LLC

Timeless Entertainment,LLC, Owned by CEO Rafiel Davi |Image Credit: Timeless Entertainment, LLC

Any questions about SCSU, just ask Rafiel! 

IG: @officialrafieldavi
Twitter: @RafielDavi
SC: RafielDavi

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14th Jan2016

Gerald Huggins – Virginia Union University – 2015

by Staff

Gerald Huggins, an alumnus of Virginia Union University (class of 2015) and Member of the Omega Psi Phi (ΩΨΦ) Fraternity gives insight into his HBCU Experience at VUU

Image Courtesy @Gerald_Huggins (via Twitter)

Image Courtesy @Gerald_Huggins (via Twitter)

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Brooklyn, New York. I grew up in Bed-ford Stuyvesant. Went to C.S 21 for elementary, RELC 113 for Junior high, and Boys and Girls HS. My father and mother introduced me HBCUs. My father went to Morgan State and played football there from 1976-1981. My mother went to North Carolina Central University. My mother and father met at North Carolina Central when he was a Grad Assistant and she was a freshman.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

HBCUs were instilled in me and my sister from a young age. My parents always taking us to different events such as football games, basketball games, homecoming, and HBCU college tours. I was an athlete and I wanted to play at an HBCU all throughout high school. I was trying my hardest to get into South Carolina State and Morgan State. I was not recruited by any HBCUs so I settled for Long Island University. It was a PWI in NY. I was not happy there so I transferred after my first semester to Virginia Union University. VUU became my permanent home.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I was a Mass Communications major at Virginia Union. I have a passion for sports so I have aspirations of either producing, broadcasting, or sports public relations.

What is the story of your “experience” at Virginia Union University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

When I first stepped foot on Virginia Union’s campus I was not sure how the next 4 years were going to go for me. Yet, I met some really great individuals who made me feel like family. I was a football player. Played from the spring of 2012 to the fall of 2014. I was on dean’s list every semester except for 2. I was very liberal on campus when issues raised people look at me for guidance. I was initiated into the Zeta chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity incorporated. I was the president and vice president of the Zeta chapter. I was apart of the NAACP on Virginia Union’s campus.

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Gerald on the Que plot on the VUU campus (Image Courtesy @Gerald_Huggins (Twitter)

The faculty and staff at Virginia Union were all family to me. I went to them about all of my problems. They always had an open door policy for their students.

From Nurse Bailey with student health to Mrs. Dionne who worked in the cafeteria, I always had someone to converse with. Virginia Union is not a big school, we do not have the best cafeteria, we do not have the best dorms but beyond the bond between one another cancelled most of that out. Virginia Union is a humbling experience. If someone can graduate from Virginia Union then I promise you that person can survive anywhere on this earth.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Professor Thornton was my French professor during my sophomore year at VUU. He really helped me become somewhat fluent in French. Besides him being my French professor he was also a mentor to me. He was always there to give advice. He challenged me to be a better person and I accepted that challenge. It was sad to see him retire but I know he was happy to find out that I graduated from VUU and also got hired by ESPN.

Social Network Info (Insta, fB, Email, Twitter, SC, Website, Kik, etc.)

Instagram: GeraldHimBoii
Twitter: Gerald_Huggins
LinkedIn: Gerald Huggins
Snap Chat: GeraldHimBoii

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29th Jan2014

Markanthony Johnson – Wiley ’15

by Staff

Markanthony Johnson shares his HBCU Experience thus far at Wiley College and how it all came to be. Take heed to his wise words!

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Attend Wiley College! | Image Credit: wileyc.net

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs back in the day?

I Grew up in Fort Worth, Texas , Dr. Lonzetta Allen suggested that instead of going to the military.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Just because i was referred.

How did you decide to become a student at Wiley College?

Through assistance of her family.

What professors at Wiley 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?

The Criminal Justice department as a whole has been a major help to my advancement and a few administrators.

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

Well to be honest some teachers are fairly kind , but like all good things there are a few bad eggs that give the whole bunch a rotten smell, for instance Ms.Susan Taylor.

How does your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

It’s been showing me the way of the world , that proves without the proper support and connections you’ll hit a glass roof.

How does your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

They don’t , it’s really hard to get a job working with the school unless you have an inside connection.

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

You don’t it isn’t the place for it.

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

There are none.

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

Wiley Wiley.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

God has been my rock thru my families losses.

Contacts

Social Networking Links: HelpMeHelpYou

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23rd Dec2013

Jonathon Gambrell – Livingstone College ’15

by Staff

Jonathon Gambrell speaks on his legendary HBCU Experience thus far at Livingstone College (Class of 2015) and why he chose and stayed with his HBCU!

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Jonathon Gambrell (Mr. Livingstone 2013-14), a proud student at Livingstone College (Class of 2015) | Image Credit: Jonathon Gambrell

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

High school for me was a struggle. One of my best friends attended the school and told me how well she was doing there. I applied in the spring of 2011 and got accepted for fall 2011 admission. My HBCU has helped me find myself and what I am truly capable of doing.

I have maintained a cumulative grade point of 3.5 all three years thus far. I was going to transfer to a PWI but I didn’t want to risk my grades dropping not knowing how well I was going to do at another school.

What city are you from? Who introduced you to the greatness of HBCUs?

Well I am from Hope Mills, NC. The movie “Drumline” introduced me to HBCU’s. I always heard my parents talk about North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University and Clark Atlanta University and always gave it the best impression that they were the best HBCU’s in the land. I ended up doing my research and fell in love with the history itself.

How did you decide to become a student at Livingstone College?

Scholarship

Feel free to elaborate…

My HBCU is a private institution and because it is not a state funded school we are limited to funds. My GPA helped me out a lot for helping me get scholarships my freshmen year. I didn’t apply for any scholarships. God just knew I needed money for school and found a way. I was awarded 3 scholarships!

Which professors are leaving the most impression upon your academic and personal life at Livingstone College? What do they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

All my professors I’ve had since my freshman year have impacted me to do my best work at all times. I can’t single one out because they are the reason why I’m so passionate about my education. As a future educator, I see the light to being successful and role model to my students.

What is the story of your “HBCU experience” at Livingstone College?

It’s what you make it. I have came across a lot of opportunities thus far. Deep in my heart I love my HBCU and will continue to give them praise because this college gave me a chance to attend college and I am making it’s forefathers proud with all that I have accomplished thus far.

What is your major? Why did you choose it?

Early Childhood Education. Growing up I didn’t like school at all and I saw how kids around me struggled in the early stages of their lives. I want to be the foundation for the children going into Kindergarten that they are a step ahead of the game.

How does your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

Once I graduate from Livingstone College, Rowan county public school systems guarantees a job for Livingstone College graduates to teach in their desired field.

Due to the field experiences, observations and student teaching it helps provide a confidence booster to be ready for the workforce.

How does your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

Well being that I am a education major I have to deal with a diverse group of people everyday. My professors are showing me how to approach and speak to others daily. Working with the children, co-workers and even the parents prepares me to be ready for any job that I plan on applying for in the years to come because of the experience I have under my belt.

Where is the “yard” located?

701 West Monroe St
Salisbury, NC
28144

Where are the historical places on campus? Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

There are a lot of historical places on our campus. The Andrew Carnegie Library is one of the school’s most prized possessions.

What are the best restaurants on and near campus? Favorite dishes?

Tokyo express. My favorite dish would have to be hibachi steak and shrimp along with rice and pink lemonade on the side. I love Japanese food!

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

Well my first love experience happened my freshman year. I just thought it was the best friendship/relationship ever until I found out that person wasn’t being completely honest. I forgave them but I just can’t trust that person the same way ever again. We’re still friends ’til this day.

What advice would you give high school students filling out college applications for the first time?

Don’t be discouraged because you may not meet all of the criteria needed for that school. It doesn’t hurt to apply. Take the SAT or ACT more than once. Be heavily involved with events on campus and in your community. Don’t apply to a school just because that school may be the “party” school, there may be a better school out there awaiting you and just haven’t found it yet.

How are you positively active on your college campus? What about in high school?

Well I have been apart of the Livingstone College Men’s XC/Track and Field team for the past 3 years and we participate in The United Way: Day of Caring, Habitat for Humanity and campus cleanup.

Giving back to the community and the people before us made it possible for us to live here and start businesses. Service is something I just love to do, if I can impact someone’s life then half of my job as a leader is complete.

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Some of the little decisions you make bring about big results. Continue to defy the odds and show the world that you are capable of being the best qualified candidate you can be.

Questions about Livingstone? Completing your college application? Contact Jonathon!

Email: Jgambrell93@aol.com
Social Network Contacts: Facebook.com

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09th Dec2013

Christian Beard – Cheyney University of Pennsylvania ’15

by Staff

Enjoy a great journey as Christian Beard (c/o ’15) speaks about his ongoing HBCU Experience at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and shares the wisdom he has picked up along the way.

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Christian Beard, a proud student at Legendary Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (c/o ’15) | Image Credit: Christian Beard

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Chestnut Hill Pa. My track introduced me to HBCU LIfe, and all is well.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Smaller. My major is small so more one on one. Scholarships on athletics music were very helpful, it’s like a family

How did you decide to become a student at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania?

After meeting some folks in my major and talking with the track coach.

What professors at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 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?

Toni Caldwell Hall.

She has taught me how to read music, make music and understand how to feel music. She is a wonderful pianist and soo peaceful that the angriest man with the most hatred would shed a tear. That’s why shes the best.

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

Well I came to college in fall 2011. Since then I have been featured in the 2012 magazine and I am currently on the cover of the 2013 fall magazine, as well as an article being written on me in the magazine. I have broken numerous track and field records.

I have had master classes with some awesome famous and well respected pianist such as Awadagin Pratt.

A member if groove phi groove social fellowship inc. have ran a town relays. Sing in the concert choir bass2 have traveled on tour from Ohio down to ncarolina to Tennesee to virginia to jersey Delaware Maryland California. My experience thus far has been GREAT

How does your HBCU help you to transition into your careers workforce?

With internships and hands on experience

How does your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

By showing students how to compete, interact, and be open with people of different mind sets and skin color.

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

The main lobby in the new residence hall or in your own room.

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

I enjoy Chipotle and Bretuccis they have an awesome salmon and potatoes with broccoli n lemonade lol

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

C H E Y NEY!!!!!!!! U. 1837

Who is your College crush?

A girl name Bria Gardner was my only crush . She graduated.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I wasn’t nervous

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

Major is music ed with a minor in piano performance. I chose it because music is personal to me. It’s my peace

What to date has been your proudest moment @ Cheyney University of Pennsylvania?

My proudest moment at Cheyney was when I received the Excellence I Music award last semester

What to date has been your saddest moment @ Cheyney University of Pennsylvania?

When my aunt passed.

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

I’m a groove.

Why did you pledge to be a “Groove”?

Because it’s social not a frat. I don’t believe in hazing like some of the Devine 9 do and because I read about it and chose to go the only way, the groove way

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

Well I’m a groove piano tutor concert choir track team peer mentor former pianist for the gospel choir, deans list cups which is out poetry club and all athletics announcer

Where is the “yard” located?

Behind the Akas and iotas

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

No

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 got my first A freshmen yr in English physical science and math. First road trip was with the concert choir.

Describe a situation from your life where this proverb came to life or occurred “The person who grew up without correction will find his mouth slipping instead of his foot.”

I’ll pass

What is your process when you are going through a hardship that you have never faced before?

Pray evaluate n prioritize things.

What advice would you give high school students filling out college applications for the first time?

Keep options open and always go with your decisions and no one else’s. Go to where you have your intended major and 2 back ups you would change to if needed.

Questions about completing your college application? Questions about Cheyney? Respectfully contact Christian!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christian.beard.12

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11th Oct2013

Simone Davis – Langston University ’15

by Staff

Simone Davis shares her great HBCU Experience at Langston University, giving insight into LU Freshman Week as well as her love of competing in pageants!

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“My Interview Outfit before i won Miss.Omega 2013” – Simone Davis

“First time” experiences at Langston University?

My first time experience at Langston university was when i joined the summer bridge program in the summer, from there we indulged in basic knowledge skills to help train us for our level placement.

The real experience did not start until i came back that following August. Freshman week was bestowed upon Langston.

It was the first time i felt like an adult i was able to travel on my own, hang out with my friends while still receiving my education. Freshman week made me who i later became as a freshman as Freshman class president.

When i saw all those upper class-men representing our school and teaching us what it was to be a Langston Lion i knew i wanted to lead my class because i had orange and blue running through my veins.

What is the story of your “experience” at Langston University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

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“What do Langston Women love the most besides studying? Pageants!! this is a picture of me and my sister from The Society of Distinguished Black Women Langston Chapter at a pageant receiving another crown” – SD

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