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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23rd Jun2016

Kindrell Plains – Grambling State University ’11

by Staff

“My experience at THEE Grambling State University was remarkable. My time at Grambling State University has shaped my ability to conquer the world on many levels.”

I Love My HBCU

“I Love My HBCU!”|Image Credit: Kindrell Plains

Name
Kindrell Plains

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2011

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from a small town located in central Louisiana, Ferriday. Growing up I was very active in high school from the student government association, numerous clubs and organizations and the marching band.

Ferriday High School Marching band was the epitome of the World Fame Tiger Marching Band of Grambling State University.

When you see our black and gold you would think here come the baby World Fame. It was my high school director, Mr. Carl Dangerfield (RIP) who introduced me to the HBCU arena by inviting me to homecomings, events, high school band camps. Hope I made him proud.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I simply chose an HBCU over a PWI because of the valuable experiences, lessons, and true essence of a family I received just as a high school student during campus visits and stays.

I visited almost 8 HBCUs my junior and senior years of high school and I can say I felt like I knew everyone like friends and family. The welcoming and hospitality was like no other. I knew that my choice of college would be an HBCU.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Kindrell Plains - Grambling State University '11

Kindrell Plains, Proud Alum of Grambling State University, Class of ’11|Image Credit: Kindrell Plains

In undergraduate, my major was political science (pre-law) in which my life long goal is to become a lawyer.

My hometown was in desperate need of strong black male lawyers and I wanted to be one of those in the area.

After receiving my undergraduate degree I had a change of heart as I entered into a student-centered major of Developmental Education (Student Affairs).

During my undergraduate years, I worked within the Department of Residential Life where I was challenged at providing several students a safe living and learning enviorment but overall enjoyable experience. I developed a sense of working for the students which opened my eyes to the Student Affairs sector even more.

Although this has grown as a passion, I will return back to the hallways of a law school to fulfill my dream of becoming a lawyer.

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

Kindrell Plains - Grambling State University '11

“Coming in as a first year band student I gained several new brother and sisters that to this day, I can call upon.”|Image Credit: Kindrell Plains

My experience at THEE Grambling State University is remarkable. My time at Grambling State University has shaped my ability to conquer the world on many levels.

Not only has it prepared me but Grambling has provided me the opportunity to freely be me and express my inner motives both mentally and physically.

I was very active on campus which opened up avenues of passion created to continue the great deed of legacy of my illustrious university, Grambling State Univeristy.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

I can describe my first time as Gramfam! In this sense I was apart of a family that introduced me to many opportunities and pulled the inner abilities out of me. Coming in as a first year band student I gained several new brother and sisters that to this day, I can call upon.

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

Although all my professors played an intrinsic role in my life, there’s this one teacher since my arrival to date that has seen me grow and ensure through sometimes a simple smile that no matter the obstacles ahead, I can achieve.

Mrs. Wiley, my first year experience teacher was my leading force of motivation. She took out the time to not only teach my about the great history of Grambling State University but she opened her arms up and embraced me as mother away from home.

Questions about Grambling? Being a PoliSci major? Respectfully ask Kindrell!

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06th Jun2016

Lauren Jackson – Howard University ’10

by Staff

“Dr. Ovetta Harris was a big influence on my academic success. She encouraged me in my studies and was like a mother to me.”

Lauren Jackson - Howard University '10

“Deep down I always wanted to attend Howard.” | Image Credit: Lauren Jackson

Name
Lauren Jackson

Your HBCU?
Howard University

Graduation Year?
2010

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m a Long Island native. Almost everyone in my family graduated from a HBCU.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Initially, I attended Long Island university for undergrad and had a diverse experience. Deep down I always wanted to attend Howard. An opportunity presented itself when I was accepted into the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I chose Communication Sciences and Disorders after an internship where I had the pleasure of working with a Speech Language Pathologist at a Day Habilitation Center. I saw how my colleague completely turned around the communication skills of the residents and was inspired.

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

Lauren Jackson - Howard University '10

Proud HBCU Alum, Lauren Jackson of the GREAT Howard University, Class of 2010|Image Credit: Lauren Jackson

I went from being an immature young lady who was aware of my culture to being an educated woman with a greater understanding of where my ancestors came from. It seemed as though learning about Gullah culture was a part of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program.

I appreciated learning about how cultural differences impact how we communicate as well as its impact on differentiating disorders from differences.

“First time” experiences at Howard University?

My first “Fish Fry” was at Howard. Loved it!

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

Dr. Overtta Harris Lauren Jackson - Howard University '10

Associate Professor, Dr. Overtta Harris of Howard University|Image Credit: Communications.Howard.edu

Dr. Ovetta Harris was a big influence on my academic success. She encouraged me in my studies and was like a mother to me.

Questions about Howard? Or being a Communication Sciences and Disorders Major? Respectfully Contact Lauren!

Email = artofspeaking109@gmail.com

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02nd Jun2016

Tanishia Henderson – Florida A&M University ’05

by Staff

“Dr. Michael Thompson who was then the head of the College of Pharmacy clinical department now the Dean. He had so much knowledge and he knew how to break it down for you to understand.”

FAMU Graduation 2005 Tanishia Henderson Florida A&M University

FAMU Graduation 2005 | Image Credit: Tanishia Henderson

Name
Tanishia Henderson

Your HBCU?
Florida A & M University

Graduation Year?
2005

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Rockledge, Florida not in Arkansas. My sister graduated from Florida A & M University in 1996 with her registered nursing degree.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Since neither of our parents went to college and my sister attended an HBCU, I figured we could start a family tradition.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I graduated with my Doctorate of Pharmacy. Well, choosing it I kind of just fell upon it. I never knew what pharmacy was being a military brat we go to the doctor then walk down the hall get handed a brown bag you go home.

My highschool boss at the newspaper where I worked sat down and talked with me one day. Asked me about my future as I was thinking of not going to college but just continue working there. She asked me what subjects interest me. I said math and science. She said how about a career in Pharmacy. I said you think that fits me.

Doctor of Pharmacy Tanishia Henderson Florida A&M University 2005

Doctor of Pharmacy, Dr. Tanishia Henderson, Proud Graduate of HBCU, Florida A&M University | Image Credit: Tanishia Henderson

She said you are too smart to just work in advertising. So, I went home told my parents they were very excited. Me I still had no idea what was going on.

My first day at orientation they told us the degree had changed to a six year degree right then in there panic struck I almost walked out. I got sick while at college went to doctor they handed me a script instead of brown bag. I called my mom crying saying they just gave me a piece of paper. She said you have to go to Walgreens or at that time Eckerds.

Sooo, that summer I decided it was time to get an internship to better understand what I just got myself into. Needless to say 17 years later I’m still with the same company!

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

Tanishia Henderson FAMU Florida A&M University 2005

My life! | Image Credit: Tanishia Henderson

For me since I was blessed that my parents would put my sister and I thru school I never had to deal with financial aid and I knew my job was to go to school and get done. I also, stayed off campus so…

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

My first time experience would be in 1994 when my sister invited me and best friend to homecoming that year. I was so excited as a freshman in highschool. Thru connections we were able to enjoy some after parties. But to see so many future Minority professionals in the making in one spot having a good time. The energy in the atmosphere that weekend. I knew then I would follow in her footsteps with college. I never visited any other colleges.

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

Dean Dr. Michael D. Thompson, PharmD, BCNSP florida a&m university famu

Dean Dr. Michael D. Thompson, PharmD, BCNSP florida a&m university famu

Dr. Michael Thompson who was then the head of the College of Pharmacy clinical department now the Dean. He had so much knowledge and he knew how to break it down for you to understand. His passion made you excited to go to his class everyday. His notes to this day I still have. He also, got to know you. Took time to listen to you if you needed to talk. Very down to earth.

Also, Ms. Deborah Taylor she was an administrator but more for me an advisor. She was my safe spot when I just needed to get away. She allowed me to talk to her thru the rough times to keep me going!

Questions about FAMU? About being a Pharmacist?

IG: drtanishia
Twitter: @TanishiaHdoc
Facebook: DrTanishia Henderson

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29th May2016

Saida Dorsey – Delaware State University – 2014

by Staff

“DSU (Delaware State University) is in a suburban area so it is not much around but there were so many things to do during the week. The Student Government Association is very strong so there are so many leadership opportunities available.”

Saida Dorsey - Delaware State University - 2014

Proud HBCU Alum, Saida Dorsey of Delaware State University Class of 2014|Image Credit: Saida Dorsey

Name
Saida Dorsey

Your HBCU?
Delaware State University

Graduation Year?
2014

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Washington, DC. I was introduced to HBCU’s through watching ” Different World.” One of my parents went to an HBCU. I wanted that experience. I began to believe from the stories I was told that HBCU’s help to prepare their students for life. HBCUs help to build strong character and leadership in their students.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I choose an HBCU over a pwi because felt more comfortable to really express myself in an environment that will allow me to cultivate my leadership skills by empowering me to be the best person I can be. I have always desired to attend an HBCU. I know the experience is more than what is seen in the media. I also learned a college experience is what you make it.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I choose Health Promotion because I wanted to work in health care, but not directly in a clinical environment. I wanted to help people improve their lives through education and motivation. I wanted people to understand that their personal health is under their control and that the doctor should not be the only one managing their health.

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

My experience was very interesting. I started college not really wanting to get involved in anything. My sophomore year, I joined so many organizations, I became overwhelmed at times , but I was very happy and I enjoyed it.

DSU is in a suburban area so it is not much around but there were so many things to do during the week. The Student Government Association is very strong so there are so many leadership opportunities available. New organizations are/were created every school year.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

My ” first time” attending homecoming was very enjoyable. I do not remember every ” first time” experience but I know that I enjoyed every new experience I had whether it was attending a campus church service, a program for a different organization, and elections.

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

Assistant Professor Sangeeta Gupta, MBBS, MPH, MD

Assistant Professor Dr. Sangeeta Gupta, MBBS, MPH, MD of DSU|Image Credit: desu.edu

The professors that impacted may not all be still teaching at my HBCU. Dr. Fralinger, made me feel empowered about health promotion.

Ms. Beverly, she made me feel confident about my ability to achieve great things. Dr. Gupta and Dr. Thornton, were professors in my major that made feel confident that health promotion was a career path I could do.

Questions about Delaware State? Or being a Health Promotion Major? Ask Saida!

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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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Email: pstro42@gmail.com

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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.”

Kandace Walker - Lane College - 2015

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?

Kandace Walker - Lane College - 2015

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?

Kandace Walker - Lane College - 2015

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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