28th Jun2016

Kiera Perry – Alabama A & M University ’16

by Staff

“My experience at my school (Alabama A&M University) has been wonderful.”

Kiera Perry - Alabama A & M University '16

“HAPPINESS”|Image Credit: Kiera Perry

Name
Kiera Perry

Your HBCU?
Alabama A & M University

Graduation Year?
2016

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I an from a small town called Linden, Al & my mother introduced me to HBCU’S

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Kiera Perry - Alabama A & M University '16

“Inspiration”|Image Credit: Kiera Perry

I chose a HBCU over a pwi because HBCUs have history and I wanted to become a part of history. Not that I have anything againt Pwi’s but its just not the same experience.

I also chose my HBCU because of the experience i could receive. I had at one point attended a pwi, but it just wasn’t for me. Wasn’t my type of crowd!

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a biology major and I chose it because for one I like science and I know that I want to do something in medicine, in the science field!

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

Kiera Perry - Alabama A & M University '16

“When you have good friends, keep em!”|Image Credit: Kiera Perry

Aawww man, my experience is something I would not trade for anything. Getting that HBCU experience is something you cant get anywhere else, from the parties, to eating at the cafe, to turnin’ up on the quad!

My experience at my school (Alabama A&M University) has been wonderful. I got to meet people from all across the world. I think everybody has there own personal connection when it comes to HBCU’s. I have plenty of stories that I could go on on and on about!

“First time” experiences at Alabama A&M University?

My first time experience was crazy, it was homecoming 2010 and it changed my life!

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

Dr. Hop is my advisor and is my absolute favorite teacher ever. I feel that he goes above and beyond to help not just me but other students too. I think he deserves the best college professor award!

He takes time out of his day to make sure his students are prepared for graduation and post-graduation. I must say since I’ve known him he has made a world of difference not just in my life but in others as well!

Curious about being a Biology major? Life at AAMU? Respectfully ask Kiera!

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21st May2016

Paris Strother – Tuskegee University – 2016

by Staff

“The Tuskegee Experience is like no other…”

Paris Strother of Tuskegee University, Class of 2016

Proud TU Alum and Tau Beta Sigma Member (8TAILDAWG), Paris Strother of Tuskegee University, Class of 2016 | Image Credit: Paris Strother

Name
Paris Strother

Your HBCU?
Tuskegee University

Graduation Year?
2016

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Coming from Tuscaloosa, AL, home of Stillman College, that was really the only HBCU I knew about growing up. Soon after I got in high school I learned more about other HBCUs through my experiences in the marching band.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Honestly, an HBCU wasn’T my 1st choice. I was determined to play college basketball and I felt like D1 was the best path for me to go.

Fortunately, God had other plans for me and that landed me right at Tuskegee. They were giving me MORE scholarship money than the PWIS I was accepted to and since I wasn’t going to be playing ball, I knew I was going to be in the band and the PWI band life just wasn’t my cup of tea. So I guess going to Tuskegee was my desTAUny.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I recently graduated as a degree candidate for Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Originally I was not going to college to be an OT. I had hopes of being a PT or Athletic Trainer. I really didn’t even know what OT was until I actually got enrolled in school for it lol. But looking back at everything now, I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

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

Paris Strother of Tuskegee University, Class of 2016 Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers Band

Proud TU Alumnus, Paris Strother in full uniform as a former member of the Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers Band | Image Credit: Paris Strother

The Tuskegee Experience is like no other and if you have ever been there on a hot football Saturday afternoon, I believe you can attest to that.

Being that Tuskegee is in a rural area where the school is basically the highlight of the city, there wasn’t much to do around town. Now although that could be a deal breaker for some, the bigger picture in all of that is it forces you to be a family.

It forces you to have to get to know people and be resourceful. It got to the point where the people in the community knew my face because I was always in their store or they would always see me around town. Tuskegee is really just one big family and we defend home when we have to lol

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

Hmmm…I had a number of first time experiences at my HBCU, and most of them came from being in the band. My 1st couple of years in the Marching Crimson Piper Band we traveled all over the US.

I took my first trip out of the south with the band,  which was something that I never would have imagined doing.

My 1st home game performing as a college musician was one of the best moments of my life. I just remember marching in and the crowd was going wild and saying chants I had never heard before!

It was very exciting, but when we played Ball ‘N Parlay at that 1st game, the crowd went insane! I remember standing there trying to play and feeling the stands rocking under my feet! It was truly an experience like none other.

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

program director Dr. Jannett Lewis-Clark Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University Occupational Therapy Program Director, Dr. Jannett Lewis-Clark | Image Credit: Tuskegee.edu

My program director Dr. Jannett Lewis-Clark has really been the one to impact my life. Although she was a stickler about A LOT it was really with good intentions. She just wanted us to be ready for whatever came our way while she wasn’t around and now I feel that I’ve survived Dr. Clark so I’m ready for the world!

Questions about attending Tuskegee University? Respectfully contact Paris!

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Twitter: guapamoley
Email: pstro42@gmail.com

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24th Apr2016

Monaé Howard – Dillard University – 2016

by Staff

“Dillard has provided me with so much experience in my field of study and for my future career. I do not believe that any other school could have done this for me.”

Monaé Howard - Dillard University - 2016

Monaé Howard looking stunning in her graduation garb on Dillard Universitys’ beautiful campus | Image Credit: KAI Photography

Name
Monaé Howard

Your HBCU?
Dillard University

Graduation Year?
2016

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?
I am from Pass Christian, MS. I was introduced to HBCUs in high school at the college fair.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Actually, an HBCU was not my first choice. I was enrolled to attend Loyola University in New Orleans,a PWI, for sports, but strangely enough they sent me a letter the week before classes started stating I was suppose to attend summer school. I had no prior knowledge of this, so I was told to attend a University for a semester and transfer to Loyola. I was like “Okay Monaé you have to find a school to go to for a semester.” I chose Dillard University. I did not plan on staying at Dillard, but the family atmosphere and the love I felt from faculty, staff, and my peers made me stay. Staying is still the best decision I have ever made.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a Political Science major. I chose this major because I plan to go to law school, and become an attorney for the United States Air Force.

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

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Monaé Howard looking towards the future as she embarks on her journey to become an attorney for the US Air Force| Image Credit: KAI Photography

A Dillard University experience is not anything one would find anywhere else. It is truly what you make it. Dillard University is my home away from home. I have people at my university I know I can call if anything goes wrong or I’m having problems in my personal life and academically.

I have made some amazing friends that I have grown with and love like they were blood sisters and brothers. I love my HBCU experience. I love the opportunities my university offers from spending the summer at The University Of Houston Law Center for a Pre-Law program to attending conferences in Washington,D.C to broaden my perspectives on different cultures. Dillard has provided me with so much experience in my field of study and for my future career. I do not believe that any other school could have done this for me.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

I am from conservative Mississippi where not a lot goes on, including not knowing much about black history. Being at Dillard University, it was my first time to truly learn about myself. I was able to lead others on campus, learn about my culture and history in depth.

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

 

Dr.Gary Clark dillard university

“Dr. Gary M. Clark is a political analyst, strategist, and commentator. He is a Barron Hilton Endowed Professor in Political Science, and Revius O. Ortique, Jr., Endowed Chair in Politics, and Social Thought at Dillard University.”| Image Credit: drclarknetwork.com

Dr.Gary Clark is my all time favorite professor at Dillard. He is real laid back and wants all of his students to succeed. He allowed for us students to participate in local campaigns, and he constantly let my colleagues and I know no matter what, a Dillard Political Science student is the best student.

He helped guide me when I felt all was lost. He brought the spark back in my classes since he let us openly discuss and debate topics in class. I feel he really helped prepare me for my next step in life.

Questions about being a Poli Sci major? Campus Life at Dillard U? Ask Monaé!

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18th Apr2016

Dominique Earl – Lane College – 2016

by Staff

“My experience at my HBCU will be the most outstanding experience I ever had! I wouldn’t regret going to Lane college, the education is awesome, the new president came in and changed so much and gave so much in to Lane.” – Dominique Earl

- The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” | Image Credit: Dominique Earl , Lane College c/o ’16

Your HBCU?
Lane College

Graduation Year?
2016

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Memphis,Tn. Who introduced me to my HBCU called Lane College?

Well I never heard of Lane till my senior year when they came to our college fair and I was playing softball all my years in high school. My coach told me that lane is a great school and the softball team is good too! So I end up calling the coach and talking with him and so I looked more in it, I thank softball for introducing me to my HBCU that I love so much!

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Why did I pick a HBCU over a pwi? Well to be honest all my family members went to HBCU schools and I thought HBCU schools would have been a great opportunity so I decided to take that chance!

Major? Why did you choose it?

My major is BUSINESS ! Reason for choosing a great major like that, I wanna be a BOSS ! People ask me all the time why you choose business what do you plan on doing ! I plan on being a boss, I plan on owning two business of my own,managing a athletic business and more. I have big plans!

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

My experience at my HBCU will be the most outstanding experience I ever had! I wouldn’t regret going to Lane college, the education is awesome, the new president came in and changed so much and gave so much in to Lane. I must say President Hampton is the man! I had my hard times but God made sure I turned them around to the most best times ever!

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

I must say my first time experiences, well one was my freshman orientation! My class coming in was great we enjoyed everyday and every bit of time we spent over the summer at lane. We did activities and learned more at the school!

- Stars can't shine with out darkness.

“Stars can’t shine with out darkness.”| Image Credit: Dominique Earl

My second experience is when I did something I never thought I would do. A lot of my friends knew me as the goof ball or your so pretty you can dress, but never knew I was so shy! I was called to be in the school fashion show I felt honored to do it. I was scared out my life till my friends supported me all the way and I did my thang in it to! After that my shyness was gone! I thank my HBCU for taking away one of my fears.

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

I must say Professor A. Jones is my best professor ever. He changed a lot and never gave up on me. He knew I tried my best and he knew when I didn’t try my best but he knew I had something in me. He put me in things and talked with me and encouraged me to keep my head up. I really give him all the props in the world!

Name some friends and/or family in your circle that have attended an HBCU (Historically Black(Nubian) College or University). Which colleges did they attend?

My granddaddy attended TSU and my two bestfriends attended Lane College.

From your response above, what is the most memorable story they have told you in regards to their HBCU experience?

One thing they have told me at my HBCU is that, they treat you like family and I must say they make sure of that.

If you had to choose, which HBCU family would you be a part of? And why?

I wouldn’t want to be apart of any other college than my OWN HBCU !

What sports do/did you play at your HBCU? What positions?

"Sometimes I pretend normal. But then it gets boring. So I go back to being me." | Image Credit: Dominique Earl

“Sometimes I pretend normal. But then it gets boring. So I go back to being me.” | Image Credit: Dominique Earl

I played softball, I played all my years for Lane. I was second base and I was right and left field!

Sports accomplishments? (records, medals, articles, et cetera)

My record was great my time at lane and I showed my butt my junior and senior year my experience was great and the coaches was great I don’t regret playing. We got trophies and went to playoff I do miss playing.

Questions about Lane? Respectfully ask Dominique!

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Facebook: Dominique Nichole Earl
Email: dominiqueearl93@gmail.com

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03rd Apr2016

Hannah Burnell – Jackson State University – 2016

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“My experience at JSU has been an interesting one. I’ve grown more and have gained a better understanding of what it means to be a Jacksonian woman.”

Hannah Burnell - Jackson State University - 2016 jsu

“If I’m not laughing, I’m not me.” |Image Credit: Hannah Burnell

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I was born and raised in the central Mississippi area, more specifically the Ridgeland/Jackson areas. HBCUs are the entire reason I exist today. I have deep family HBCU history on both sides of my family evolving Jackson State University and Grambling State University.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I originally didn’t really choose one over the other. I sort of just found myself at Jackson State, and as a result ended up falling in love with the university and the HBCU experience.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a History major. I chose history because I genuinely love it. I figured if I was going to major in something, it would be something I love and not necessarily a “career move” major. I live and breathe history and being on a HBCU campus is like being in a living museum.

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

My experience at JSU has been an interesting one. I’ve grown more and have gained a better understanding of what it means to be a Jacksonian woman. Our institution is held to a very high level in relations to how students and alumni are to conduct themselves.

Hannah Burnell - Jackson State University - 2016 jsu

Hannah Servicing the Community as a (JSU) Tiger and a State Queen|Image Credit: Hannah Burnell

It’s also been a very fun experience. I’ve met amazing people and have had some pretty fun times with them. I could go on for days but of course the only way to truly understand the tiger experience is to come find out for yourself.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

A first time experience for my at JSU was really making friends. I had friends in high school but these were people that I had know from elementary or middle school or met through some one else.

Hannah Burnell - Jackson State University - 2016 jsu

“Tiger born, Tiger Bred, and when I die, I’ll be Tiger Dead”|Image Credit: Hannah Burnell

Once I got to college, I had to start over and reach out and make friends on my own. This was pretty difficult for me because I’m really a quiet, introverted person and sometimes reaching out is a hard thing for me to do. But I’ve grown from having to be on my own.

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

The two professors that have really impacted my experience are Dr. Hilliard Lackey and Dr. Bonnie Gardner. They have literally stood with me every step of the way starting from high school to now. There is nothing I can’t ask from either one of them that they won’t do or advise me on.

Questions about JSU? Respectfully ask Hannah!

IG/Twitter: @HannahBurnellW
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Website: HannahBurnellw.wordpress.com
Email: Hanwms@aol.com

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31st Mar2016

Kirsten Jackson – University of Maryland Eastern Shore – 2016

by Staff

“My college experience has been nothing short of one that I will always cherish.”

Kirsten Jackson - University of Maryland Eastern Shore - 2016

Kirsten Jackson of University of Maryland Eastern Shore looking beautiful in her Textures shirt (Class of 2016) | Image Credit: Kirsten Jackson

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Prince George’s County Maryland specifically Forestville Maryland, A family friend attended this University (UMES) and my parents encouraged me to apply.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Growing up, I remember watching shows like “A Different World” which took place at a fictional HBCU. The pride that I saw, people who looked like me had towards gaining a higher level education encouraged me to attend a HBCU, and learn more about my culture.

Major? Why did you choose it?

My major is Sociology. I enjoy studying people as well as the environments they have been socialized with, so sociology sparked my interest in just that way.

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

From meeting new friends from different areas, to going to college parties, pulling all nighters, to that necessary mid day nap. My college experience has been nothing short of one that I will always cherish.

“First time” experiences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore?

This was the first time I lived on my own without my parents guidance. Everything was on me, and I was pushed to be responsible by myself. This encouraged me to make the right decisions for my future and taught me a lot of things about my tolerance for many things.

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

One professor at my school spoke about the class failing very early on in the semester. I was determined to prove him wrong. His words gave me the drive to prove him as well as any one else with negative thoughts wrong. And of course I did.

Questions about life at UMES? Ask Kirsten!

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Twitter: AutumsLoveChild

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14th Jan2014

Lamar Allen – Fisk University 2016

by Staff

Detroit native, Lamar Allen of Fisk University (Class of 2016) shares his HBCU Experience, how he accessed thousands in scholarship money, and why he chose an HBCU.

Lamar Allen - Fisk University 2016

Lamar Allen of Fisk University (Class of 2016) | Image Credit: Lamar Allen

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I always wanted to attend an HBCU. During high school, I had been on two spring HBCU tours; touring some of the nation’s finest Historically black colleges and universities.

At one point, I was truly enthusiastic about attending an Ivy League school, but I chose to stick with my original educational plan; attend an HBCU for undergraduate studies, then strive to attend an Ivy League institution for graduate studies.

It was a decision that many disagreed with, but I then realized that I was the one living with my decision for the years to come. If I am happy with it, then that is all that matters.

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

I am a native of Detroit, MI. Being a graduate of a high school flooded with staff who are HBCU alumni is what introduced me to HBCUs. Many of them graduated from top notch universities including Fisk University (#FiskFOREVER), Morehouse College, Tennessee State University, Central State University, Alabama State University, Hampton University, Tuskegee University, and so forth.

Seeing their HBCU pride and “play rivalry” with each other was just a hint of the HBCU greatness, but hearing how HBCUs made each of them stronger and unique in their own way gave me a look at how great HBCUs are.

How did you decide to become a student at Fisk University?

Scholarship

Feel free to elaborate…

I applied to and was admitted into five HBCUs:

Johnson C. Smith University
Morehouse College
Fisk University
Tuskegee University
Philander Smith College

I narrowed my decision down to two schools contingent upon familiarity: Morehouse (my first choice), and Fisk. My goal was to not have to pay for college, so I played the “scholarship” game. Which ever institution awarded me the most money in scholarships, I would attend that institution.

Between both schools, Fisk offered me the most scholarships. I had won an approximate of $30,000 worth of scholarships from different organizations in Detroit, partnered with a $80,000 (over four years) scholarship award from Fisk. It was a true blessing. I am currently attending college free of cost with no loans attached, thanks to Fisk and various organizations in Detroit, MI.

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?

All of my business professors leave a huge impression on me, simply because they are professors who truly care about enhancing students academically. Professor Cargill (Accounting), Professor Umontuen (Marketing), Professor Cambranero (Micro-Economics), and Professor McNamee (Business Law) all made sure that I had the tools necessary to succeed in their classes by lending a helping hand when needed, and directing me to resources that would help make me successful.

What is the story of your “HBCU experience” at Fisk University?

This is my first year at Fisk, so my story is currently in its beginning stage. I am definitely certain that as I grow and gain more experiences here on campus, my HBCU experience will be legendarily and uniquely crafted.

What is your major? Why did you choose it?

I am currently a business administration major. I always had an interest in business. The only problem I had was choosing a concentration. Since I was familiar with accounting, I chose to make accounting a concentration of mine. Although my accounting classes can be quite difficult at times, I tend to enjoy them.

This summer, I plan to intern with an accounting firm to get an actually feel for the field. That way, if I don’t like it, I will have time to switch my concentration.

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

Fisk is always providing students with opportunities, especially internships. Fisk faculty, staff, and alumni are always keeping the students informed on various internships that will prepare students for the specified occupations of their choice.

I am grateful to be a student at a university that continuously informs and provides students with opportunities that will enrich their future. There are faculty and alumni who know of my plan to intern at an accounting firm this summer. Ever since, they have kept me aware of opportunities to help make my goal possible.

How does your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

I was recently accepted into Fisk’s Exceptional Confidence in Emerging Leaders (EXCEL) Professional Development Program. This program is designed to prepare students professionally, guaranteeing that students will complete the program with refined professional skills, confidence, and adequate competencies.

Topics that we will cover in this program include personal branding, effective communication, business etiquette, etc. I am certain that after completing this ten week program, I will be prepared to work in a diverse workplace.

Where is the “yard” located?

The “yard” is located right in front of Jubilee and Spence Hall. It is actually where I experienced my first block party here on campus!

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

Fisk University, Jubilee Hall

One of the most historical buildings on campus is Jubilee Hall, the freshmen female living learning center. I have heard stories from some of my classmates regarding ghosts in the dormitory, but very few.

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

There is a restaurant down Jefferson St. called Knock Out Wings. I love their chicken tenders, and they have some of the best biscuits I have ever tasted in my life!

There is also another restaurant named Jack’s BBQ. Their BBQ is delicious! They also have really great tasting sides and desserts to add zest to your meal.

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.)

I did not have many “firsts” last semester. However, the most exciting “first” was seeing an actual fraternity probate! It was seriously an exciting experience. From that moment, I began to feel the “HBCU experience” kick in.

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

Please, do not stress yourself out! I understand that the process can become tiring, especially if you are applying to more than one university. Trust and believe me, it all works out for the good.

Also, if you aren’t sure about something on the application, take great advantage of your high school counselor or contact someone in admissions department of the university in which you choose to apply. Either one of them should be more than wiling to provide insightful advice to help you complete your college applications. You are not alone!

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

I am a young man that believes in well roundedness. Top notch academics are beautiful, but a student who is academic, participates in extra-curricular activities, and contributes to the community by servicing is stellar. When I was in high school, I was very active.

I was the sergeant at arms for my school’s NHS Chapter, the Vice President of our Gentlemen’s Club, Senior Class President, and a member of many other organizations.

I also took dual enrollment during high school, gaining 29 college credits from both Wayne County Community College and Harvard University. Fisk accepted 25 of them, allowing me to advance to being a second semester sophomore this semester.

When I arrived to Fisk, my beliefs of being a well rounded student did not change. I am currently a member of various organizations on campus, including currently serving as freshmen class president of my class (elected before advancing to sophomore year). Although I am a sophomore credit wise, I am still a freshman at heart. I love my Class of 2017 family.

It is with my genuine and honest will to serve that allows me to act positively on campus, helping to enhance the college experience of my classmates.

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

“Keep God first, and keep your faith. Your trials may be difficult, but your blessings will be everlasting.”

Questions about Fisk University? Need help locating scholarships? Contact Lamar!!

Email: lamar.allen@my.fisk.edu
Social Networks: Facebook: Lamar Matthew Allen

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