28th Jun2016

Kiera Perry – Alabama A & M University ’16

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“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!

Instagram: @its_Key_Air_Ra
Twitter: @its_Key_Air_Ra
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27th Jun2016

Terrian Woolridge – Grambling State University ’18

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“My experience at Grambling State University has been great so far and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.”

Terrian Woolridge - Grambling State University '18

Terrian Woolridge, Proud Member of the #GramFam at Grambling State University (Class of 2018)|Image Credit: Terrian Woolridge

Name
Terrian Woolridge

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from New Orleans, La and I was introduced to HBCUs by my boyfriends mother and I liked them and decided to attend one.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU because I heard so much about them and I wanted to experience how it would be to attend a school with majority blacks and I love it.

Major? Why did you choose it?

My major is biology because I have always loved science.

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

My experience at Grambling State University has been great so far and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

I love my HBCU ! #GramFam


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

The professors that impacted my life in and out of the classroom are Dr. Stewart, Dr.Burkes, and Dr.Franklin. They are extraordinary people and always are willing to help or give advice when I need it.

Questions about GSU? Respectfully contact Terrian!

Instagram: doitlikekooly_

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15th May2016

Nzingha Bomani – Dillard University – 2018

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“I have had a very fulfilling and eventful time at the illustrious Dillard University. I have been given a plethora of opportunities that ,honestly, I don’t think I could get at any other college or university.”

Nzingha Bomani - Dillard University - 2018

Nzingha Bomani of Dillard University , c/o 2018 | Image Credit: Nzingha Bomani

Name
Nzingha Bomani

Your HBCU?
Dillard University

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Shreveport, Louisiana and It was always a known fact in my household that every child would attend an HBCU. Being the eldest of five, I was the first to “leave the nest” and the first to undergo the HBCU experience. I applied to six colleges during my junior and senior year combined. Out of those six, five were HBCUs (Spelman College, Tennessee State, Xavier University, Dillard University, and Philander Smith).

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU, because I have always been fond of my people and have always had an aspiration to go to a college and be surrounded by people who look like me, talk like me, and act like me.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Nzingha Bomani of Dillard University , c/o 2018

Nzingha Bomani, Proud Student of Dillard University! | Image Credit: Nzingha Bomani

I am a Biology (Pre Med) major. I chose this major because I have always been fond of the biological side of things. Learning about the many organisms and biological terms has always been interesting to me.

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

I have had a very fulfilling and eventful time at the illustrious Dillard University. I have been given a plethora of opportunities that ,honestly, I don’t think I could get at any other college or university. I have made life long friends, have been a lead ambassador of an organization, have been in the process of creating my own natural hair club, have received a position on the Student Leadership Board as a way to help incoming freshman, and have somehow found a way to maintain academic success. Dillard, although very expensive, is worth every last penny. The experience is one of a kind.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

Nzingha Bomani of Dillard University , c/o 2018

“I have had a very fulfilling and eventful time at the illustrious Dillard University.” Nzingha Bomani

– It was my first time as the head ambassador/president of an organization (Andrew Goodman Foundation)
– A second-year Dean list member
– A member of my college’s Honors Program
– Member of the biology Honor Society (Beta Beta Beta), The Biology Club, The Pre-Med Club, and The National Society of Leadership and Success

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

Professor Eric Buckles, PhD of Dillard University

Professor Eric Buckles, PhD of Dillard University | Image Credit: medschool.lsuhsc.edu

A professor that has impacted me was my Microbiology Professor, Dr. Eric Buckles. Not only was he a challenging professor, but he taught me that nothing comes easy. He was also able to get me opportunities for internships and opportunities for clubs and honor societies that had some relation to Biology or the STEM department as a whole. After completing his class, I not only received a B letter grade and a new insight on hard work and dedication, but I also became a member of many organizations designated to my major.

Questions about Dillard University? Respectfully ask Nzingha! 

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21st Apr2016

Shaudaè Moore – Jackson State University – 2017

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“The Honors college  (at Jackson State University) just made the difference, it keeps me grounded. My advisors have continuously cared bout my matriculation.”

Shaudaè Moore - Jackson State University - 2017

Shaudaè Moore – Jackson State University|Image Credit: Shaudaè Moore

Name
Shaudaè Moore

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am a native of Mississippi, born in Clarksdale but my community is so small I have to say I’m from Charleston, MS. However I grew up in Waterloo, IA. I was introduced to HBCUs through the UNI Upward Bound Program.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Initially I attended University of Iowa, but honestly I didn’t see myself succeed academically. So I made the decision to attend JSU which was my first choice. There is where I knew I could be myself instead of just my student number. I could relate to my peers and not being made to feel the pressure of succeeding because I was 1 of a few black students in a predominantly white class. At JSU I could excel as an individual.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I an a Biology Pre-Med/Pre-Nursing major. I have chosen this major because as long as I could remember all I wanted to do was fix the world. I would practice bandaging up my dolls and nursing them back to good health. With my major, my focus in medicine will be developing babies in the early part of my career and later Plastic surgery. Reason being there is something so amazingly wondering helping bring new life into this would.

Also bettering people lives by making them feel great about their bodies.

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

The Honors college  (at Jackson State University) just made the difference, it keeps me grounded. My advisors have continuously cared bout my matriculation. So they pass me (see me) like I am their daughter. Through them I stay connected with my peers so we can study and help each other in passing our courses.

“First time” experiences at Jackson State University?

Shaudaè Moore - Jackson State University - 2017

Shaudaè Moore and Friends|Image Credit: Shaudaè Moore

When I came to JSU I admittedly applied to the W. E. B Dou Bois honors college, and in doing that was how I met a bunch of amazing ladies that I am friends with to this day. They saw me for who I was and always encouraged me to conquer my passion. Which helped me go out to become a plus size model.

Fall 2010 at a fashion show hosted by JSU Insatiable Model Squad is where I got the courage to face off in a modeling walk off in front of my peers. I didn’t care if they made fun of me, I know that this was what I loved and my friends had my back. Surprisingly I won and got the opportunity to be shot in a photo shoot with fashion stylist J Bolin (Insta) wearing a dress made for me by fashion designer Gail Ambeau (Twitter). From there I continued to model.

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

Shaudaè Moore - Jackson State University - 2017

Violinist Virtuoso Shaudaè Moore|Image Credit: Shaudaè Moore

Mrs. Rachel Jordan made such as wonderful impact on my life. She was my applied violin teacher and String Ensemble conductor. I went through so much of a rollercoaster of emotion when my world seemed to crumble around me to dealing with my health because I was always hurt or sick.

Shaudaè Moore - Jackson State University - 2017 Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Orchestra, Strings Rachel Jordan

Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Orchestra, Strings Rachel Jordan| Image Credit: jsums.edu

She pushed me hard to be a better violinist to learn and excel at my talent, she always would say “Shaudaè you’re not bringing your best because I know you love this, don’t give me crap. If you don’t do it for you then do it for your daughter because she is just a smaller version of you and I would want her to be her best.” She helped me see that all I ever needed was to just believe in me, once I did that then I would be a force to be reckoned with.

Questions about the JSU Experience? Ask Shaudaè!

Instagram: onebeautifulsoul22
Facebook: Shaudae Effortlessbeauty Moore

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27th Mar2016

Charity Latimore – Alabama State University – 2017

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“…when you choose an HBCU you become part of a family…”

Charity Latimore - Alabama State University - 2017

Miss Junior 2015-2016, Charity Latimore of Alabama State University showing ASU Pride! (Class of 2017) | Image Credit: Charity Latimore

 Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Although I was born in Alabama I was reared in Misawa, Japan from the age of 7 until I graduated high school. Therefore, Misawa, Japan is home.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU because I want to prove that HBCUs are just as qualified as PWIs. Not only is our foundation solid in the classroom, but our networking is endless and when you choose an HBCU you become part of a family

Major? Why did you choose it?

I chose Biology Pre-Health because I desire to be an Orthopedic Surgeon. After being struck by a car in the spring of 2014, I decided I wanted to be the one to give people their normal life back after incidents.

I hope to open my own practice and through networking, hire marketing teams, my medical teams, and Etc. from students like me at HBCUs.

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

Charity Latimore - Alabama State University - 2017

Charity Latimore (right) with @_Daijaaaaa (IG) at the “Love The Skin You’re In” Forum on Campus at Alabama State University| Image Credit: Charity Latimore

My HBCU experience can take days to write. So a synopsis would be an experience. Every day is just that an experience. It’s filled with love, laughter and life’s lessons.

The lessons I learn the things I begin to cherish can’t be taught in a classroom and I can promise I wouldn’t get it at a PWI. It’s an experience that can’t be mimicked and is hard to describe. It is BEAUTIFUL.

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

Dr. Michelle Foster - Alabama State University

Professor Dr. Michelle Foster of Alabama State University | Image Credit: alasu.edu

Dr. Michelle Foster, Dr. Robert White, & Dr. Pamela Tucker. Each of these individuals have taught me the importance of education, being exposed, having knowledge of self, and to dream in color.

Questions about Alabama State? Ask Charity!

Facebook: O’Nell Latimore
Instagram: @xellent_1

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27th Mar2016

Gia Jones – Oakwood University – 2018

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“My OU experience is enduring in the Christian background it gives to the public. I enjoy the family type of environment that welcomes everyone together.”

Gia Jones - Oakwood University - 2018

Gia Jones of Oakwood University, Class of 2018 | Image Credit: Gia Jones

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Huntsville, AL but, currently live in Madison, Al. I joined Oakwood University church during the 40th anniversary of Breath of Life ministries. I received baptism on November 8, 2014 Sabbath. After joining , I decided to transfer to Oakwood to finish my education at a Christian institution. It is a great school for anyone!

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

It was more convenient for me and closer to home. I just think it has more to offer for minorities not just African Americans. I do want to attend Loma Linda university Medical school after graduation.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I chose to major in Biology and minor biology (pre-medicine emphasis) due to my career goal of becoming an Dermatologist. I love skincare and cosmetics. I think the Black community needs ‘black’ doctors that specifically know about our cultural skin issues.

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

My OU experience is enduring in the Christian background it gives to the public. I enjoy the family type of environment that welcomes everyone together.

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

This is my first semester as a transfer student and only met two professors. But, I have encountered that they have patience, sincerity, and confidence in their students.

College crush?

I have a crush on one of the Oakwood University financial vice usm officers. But, ahhh…..he doesn’t know it. (Laughs)

Questions about OakwoodU? Just ask Gia!

My Instagram is giablackbarbie_sd. My Facebook is Facebook.com/stylememodel

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13th Feb2016

John Williams, Jr. – Albany State University – 2003

by Staff

Albany State University Alumnus, John Williams, Jr.  (c/o 2003) shares his HBCU Experience and how he continued with tradition as a 2nd Generation Albany State University graduate.

John Williams, Jr. speaking at the Honors Day Convocation | Image Credit: John Williams, Jr.

John Williams, Jr. speaking at the Honors Day Convocation | Image Credit: John Williams, Jr.

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Albany, Ga. My mother attended Albany State College in the 70s, and therefore, it became a second home for me.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I always wanted a deeper connection with my culture and my people. While I am sure I could have found a way to get this connection at a PWI if needed, the environment at Albany State University made the process of developing an identity within my racial and cultural demographic an easy process.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Initially, I wanted to major in Biology because I thought I wanted to be a doctor. However, during my time at ASU, my mentor, Dr. JoAnn McCrary, helped me to define my career path. Therefore, I continued with Biology with the goal of getting my Ph.D., as I recognized that my heart was in the research component of STEM, and not in medicine.

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

Albany State University gave me the opportunity to explore the world, both academically and socially, and use those experiences to build my foundation for the future. While at ASU, I studied abroad in Germany, presented research in Puerto Rico, and conducted research at several academic institutions nationally. I can’t possibly tell you exactly how beneficial these experiences have been, as the overall impact is incalculable.

Mr. Williams, Jr. educating the youth | Image Credit: John Williams, Jr.

Mr. Williams, Jr. educating the youth | Image Credit: John Williams, Jr.

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

Dr. JoAnn McCrary | Image Credit: asurams.edu

Dr. JoAnn McCrary | Image Credit: asurams.edu

Dr. JoAnn McCrary has been one of my staunchest advocates and supporters from undergraduate studies through my Ph.D. and into my current career. She is the professor that I credit with helping me to navigate the waters of academia and to develop resilience when it comes to the challenges in STEM fields. Now, as colleagues, we continue to collaborate on opportunities that can help our students, and I am blessed to work with her daily.

Drs. Mary and Benjamin Lawson were two other professors that really helped me to enjoy my undergraduate education at ASU. This husband and wife duo worked diligently with the students of the Honors Program to help us with writing, communication, and overall academic development. To this day, they keep in touch with me in order to provide encouragement and support … even though they have long retired from the institution.

Social Network Info. – Questions about ASU? Respectfully reach out to John!

Facebook: John Williams (Albany State University)
Email: John.Williams@asurams.edu

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