14th Jun2016

Yolicia Mitchell – Clark Atlanta University ’19

by Staff

“I am the first to go to college in my family. No one really introduced me to HBCU’s. I found out about them when I started doing college tours.”

"My major is Psychology. I chose psychology because I really want to become a child counselor."|Image Credit: Yolicia Mitchell

“My major is Psychology. I chose psychology because I really want to become a child counselor.”|Image Credit: Yolicia Mitchell

Name
Yolicia Mitchell

Your HBCU?
Clark Atlanta University

Graduation Year?
2019

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am originally from Memphis,Tn, but I moved to Atlanta,Ga my second semester of my senior year of high school. I am the first to go to college in my family. No one really introduced me to HBCU’s. I found out about them when I started doing college tours.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

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Yolicia graduating from High School, on her way to college! The first in her family to ever do so!|Image Credit: Yolicia Mitchell

My dream was always to attend college in New York, but that changed when I moved to Georgia. I visited some HBCU’s and it showed me that so many amazing African American have left their mark in some way or some form. I realized that I wanted to leave my mark as well.

Major? Why did you choose it?

My major is Psychology. I chose psychology because I really want to become a child counselor. I feel that if people just listen to kids it can make a difference. I want to be the voice for kids. I want to help them through their hard times. I also want to help them follow their dreams so they can become doctors, lawyers,teachers,counselors,etc..

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

Clark Atlanta University is known for having over-achieving students. Just to be a part of that group makes me feel like I have accomplished something that is bigger than me. I am so happy to be a part of the AUC. I honestly can’t wait to make a difference in my community and at my new HBCU!

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

One of my first time experiences in college was learning how to network. I have been offered many great opportunities in Atlanta and I chose to take them. That is why I am transferring to the illustrious Clark Atlanta University as a sophomore. Even though I will miss my friends at my old HBCU people learn and grow.

Another one of my first time experiences was attending a yard show and it was amazing. It showed African Americans getting along and actually enjoying themselves.

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

My psychology teacher has been a big impact on my life in and out of the classroom. She has given me opportunities to work in the community and network with a lot of people. She has also stayed after school to help me prepare for a test or if I needed some help, to help me through a hard time.

Questions about transferring to an HBCU? Attending Clark Atlanta University? Respectfully ask Yolicia!

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16th Mar2016

ReNeé Brown – Savannah State University – 2017

by Staff

“My experience with Savannah State University has been amazing since the first day I came here and I wouldn’t trade this school. The school gives literally hundreds of career opportunities throughout the year. We have corporate CEOs come to our school and hire students on the spot! Savannah State is amazing.” – ReNee Brown

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Business Management major and proud Savannah State University student, ReNeé Brown (c/o 2017)

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Atlanta, Georgia, and I was introduced to HBCU’s through my own curiosity and preference for a majority black school.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

My whole life I went to schools that had populations of white people that widely outnumbered minorities, and one year I went to a majority black high school and loved it. From then on I knew that’s where I wanted to be.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a business management major, I chose this major because I love to make money. I would love to start a cosmetics company and then become a philanthropist and help others.

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

The most known motto of my HBCU (Savannah State University) is “you can get anywhere from here.” This statement holds true, every student who graduates from Savannah State is put directly in the workforce within the major they chose prior to graduation.

My experience with SSU has been amazing since the first day I came here and I wouldn’t trade this school. The school gives literally hundreds of career opportunities throughout the year. We have corporate CEOs come to our school and hire students on the spot! Savannah State is amazing.

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 the most would be Dr. A. Mundrich , and Professor Fletcher -AKA “Duke Booty.” (if you don’t know who he is you should google him, literally, you’ll be surprised at who he is!).

Dr. Mundrich Sparks the interest of the student and doesn’t make the class overly difficult because “that’s how college is supposed to be”….. yea right. He’s an awesome professor and every time I leave my lecture, I always have a thousand entrepreneurial ideas written down.

ReNeé Brown - Savannah State University - 2017 Professor Fletcher AKA Duke Booty

Professor Fletcher AKA Duke Booty | Image Credit: Connectsavannah.com

Professor Fletcher is the king of critical thinking, he makes you view situations in a different light so you can get an all around perspective on things. Because of my classes with Professor Fletcher, I definitely handle situations and the way I think differently.

Questions about Savannah State? Ask ReNee!

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13th Feb2016

John Williams, Jr. – Albany State University – 2003

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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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17th Jan2016

Alexandra Lawrence – Spelman College – 2018

by Staff

Alexandra Lawrence, a student of Spelman College (class of 2018) gives us and YOU insight into her HBCU Experience thus far as a Spelmanite!

Alexandra Lawrence of Spelman College (Class of 2018)|Image Courtesy of Alexandra Lawrence

Alexandra Lawrence of Spelman College (Class of 2018)|Image Courtesy of Alexandra Lawrence

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Today was quite chilly, but our campus was as picturesque as ever! #SpelmanCollege #GilesHall #1881 #SpelmanScenes

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I am from Atlanta, GA. My whole family has always done HBCUs. Always. I am a 4th generation Spelmanite. It’s in my blood.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU because of tradition and because I went to a predominantly white school for 6 years. Although the academics were great and the teachers were wonderful, I wasn’t taught how to be a successful black woman. Just how to be a successful woman (it was an all girls’ school).

My history wasn’t a focus in that school. My people weren’t a focus in that school. Spelman College teaches me how to recognize my worth and how to get other people to see my worth.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Sociology and Anthropology major. I chose it because I love studying people and cultures. It’s fascinating.

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

All of my Spelman sisters have been extremely supportive and caring. So has the faculty and staff. The family feeling that is throughout the AUC (Atlanta University Center) as a whole has been so supportive and loving.

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

All of my anthropology and sociology professors have been great. They encourage me to be my best and they provide a safe environment in which I can do so.

Alexandra pictured alongside Dr. Andrea Lawrence (her grandmother), the Chair of the Computer Science Department at Spelman College (Image Courtesy: Alexandra Lawrence)

Alexandra pictured alongside Dr. Andrea Lawrence (her grandmother), the Chair of the Computer Science Department at Spelman College (Image Courtesy: Alexandra Lawrence)

Social Network Info:

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17th Jan2014

Jeremy Garner – Morehouse College 2017

by Staff

Amazing Morehouse Man Jeremy Garner shares his HBCU Experience and all that it has involved! Take Heed!

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Proud Morehouse Man Jeremy Garner of Morehouse College (Class of 2017) | Image Credit: Jeremy Garner

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I wanted to learn more about my ancestors history and more about my culture. I also want to know how African Americans leaders became so great from the schools that they went to.

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

I am from Houston, Texas but Hattiesburg, Mississippi will forever be my home. I was introduced to HBCUs by my grandmother and mother, when I was younger they would tell me about their experiences.

How did you decide to become a student at YOUR HBCU?

Felt Like Home

Feel free to elaborate…

At Morehouse, it was something to see African American males uplift each other to higher goals and to break the stereotypes that society has used. They work with one another despite backgrounds, cultures, etc.

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 my professors are leaving impressions and lessons on me. They are showing me how the outside world works and that hard work and determination will help you get a long way in life.

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

My HBCU experience is better than what I expected it to be. I have already started making my lifetime bonds with my fellow brothers of Mother Morehouse and I am glad that I applied to this institution and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What is your major? Why did you choose it?

I am a Biology Premedical major, and I chose this major because I love science and I love how it can help people.

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

My HBCU shows me how the real world will go about once I graduate. It shows me what I will have to do in order to accomplish my goals and make my dreams become a reality.

How does your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

My HBCU also shows me how different types of people want to be in the same spot that I am in and we all have the same goals and so we may as well work together to accomplish them together.

Where is the “yard” located?

The “yard” is located all over the campus,wherever the greeks feel as though they need to perform then they will stroll or perform a step.

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

On our campus we have the MLK Jr statue, and on our campus we have one president buried near one of our buildings.

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

the best restaurant that i know around the campus is yum yum teriyaki.

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.)

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Jeremy Garner and a friend on campus enjoying the college life! | Image Credit: Jeremy Garner

I have had 5 “firsts”. They were my first college dance performance for greek life, first christmas carol with my college, first college road trip with choir, first college club party, first college house party.

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

Look at all requirements and look at the school deadline, make sure everything is correct and in order and try to turn in your application a week or two before the deadline.

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

I have joined my college’s ASA Dance Troupe (African Student Association), also I have joined my college choir: the Morehouse College Glee Club, I participated in my school’s freshman stroll team for my residence hall and I plan on doing more. In high school I was involved in Choir, Dance, Step team, and Poetry Club.

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

I would say whatever school you choose to go, think about what you plan to do there and what goals you wish to accomplish. Also, I would say enjoy college but it is the education that you are after.

Questions about Morehouse? Completing your college application? Contact Jeremy!

Email: garnerj94@yahoo.com
Social Networks: https://www.facebook.com/alex.garner.9022

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29th Dec2013

Marilynn Dawson – Bethune Cookman University & Edward Waters College ’14

by Staff

From meeting the love of her life to having many first time experiences, Marilynn Dawson had the honour of having her HBCU Experience at two great HBCUs; Bethune Cookman University AND Edward Waters College. Enjoy her words of wisdom!

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Proud HBCU student and supporter, Marilynn Dawson, attendee of both Bethune Cookman University and Edward Waters College (C/o ’14) | Image Credit: Marilynn Dawson

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I’ve always wanted to go to an HBCU because of the culture and campus environment.

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

I am from Brooklyn, NY. I was introduced to the greatness of HBCU’s from watching A Different World when I was younger in addition to Spike Lee’s move School Daze.

How did you decide to become a student at Bethune Cookman University & Edward Waters College?

Felt Like Home

Feel free to elaborate…

I started my HBCU experience many years ago but couldn’t afford to finish. I joined the military, got married and decided years later to continue my pursuit for a college education at my current HBCU (Edward Waters College)

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?

Dr. Sabrina Edwards had a great impact on my life because she really cares about the students and provides us with her outside connections if we are in need. She’s also gotten me to be more involved in community service.

What is the story of your “HBCU experience” at Bethune Cookman University & Edward Waters College?

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Marilynn Dawson looking glamorous and stunning with her tiara, elegant black dress, and Ms. Sigma Beta Delta sash |Image Credit: Marilynn Dawson

Being at an HBCU allows me to learn more about my culture. Although I am a West Indian born in Brooklyn, NY, it was a culture shock interacting with students from all over the US.

We had so many differences such as taste in music, food, etc. I think the most impressive thing being at my current HBCU is the importance stressed on spiritual time in Chapel. Each event commences in prayer. This is important to me as prayer is not allowed in conventional schools.

What is your major? Why did you choose it?

My major is Organizational Management. I chose it because you can use this knowledge for any management career or human resources.

Edward Waters College gave me the opportunity to continue my college education by offering a program for designed for adult students. It is the CLIMB (Credentials for Leadership in Management and Business) Program.

It is an accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration in Organizational Management. I think this program is God sent because it allows us adult students to obtain our degree at an HBCU.

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

HBCU’S helps me transition into my career in the workforce because the instructors gives us personal accounts the adversities they’ve overcome. They also teach us by example how to present ourselves professionally through appearance, intellectually, etc.

How does your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

It prepares me for a diverse workplace by interacting with people of our race from all over whether from the Caribbean or biracial.

Where is the “yard” located?

The “yard” is located on Kings Road by the Student Center.

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

Mary McCloud Bethune is buried on the Bethune Cookman campus. Her house is also located there. I used to work in the building next door and was always scared to pass the house at night. Everything in the house was kept as she left it. It’s pretty amazing.

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

As a broke college student, my favorite place to eat was at Pearsons. It’s a local Asian/Soul food type establishment. This is where I learned to like fried chicken gizzards. Lol.

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.)

At Bethune Cookman College; I experienced my first band experience, met my husband, first pajama party and Greek parties.

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

Make sure you have all your finances in order and have a backup plan in case something falls through. There will be a lot of parties but always remember to balance life and put your education first. A college education is money well spent. Like UNCF says: a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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

I was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta (international business honor society). I am Vice President of the Business Student Association and active member of Sigma Beta Delta club.

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

I would tell them to take their education seriously. Time management is very important.

Questions about the HBCU Experience? Having difficulty completing your college application? Respectfully reach out to Marilynn!

Email: marilynndawson@hotmail.com
Social Network Contacts: Facebook – Marilynn Dawson
Instagram – mdawson1272

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09th Dec2013

Jonathan Ellis – Fort Valley State University ’12

by Staff

Jonathan Ellis takes us on a journey about his unique HBCU Experience at Fort Valley State University, Class of 2012. Take heed to his wise words!

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Jonathan Ellis, a strong and proud graduate of Fort Valley State University ’12 | Image Credit: Jonathan Ellis

Where are you from? How did you first hear about HBCUs?

I’m from Atlanta GA specifically the Ashview heights community located near Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse, and Spelman College. I heard of HBCUs by applying for college and learning how they have historically been important in educating black people.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I received a scholarship for FVSU and that sealed the deal for me.

How did you decide to become a student at Fort Valley State University?

The scholarship but then after being there for a while I met so many good friends and faculty I knew it was a good place.

What professors at Fort Valley State University left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

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Dr. Berlethia J. Pitts | Image Credit: fvsu.edu

Most of my professors have and I hope I don’t miss any names but Dr. Clarke, Lutz, Hatesveldt, Smith, Dubuya, Bumpass, Pitts, Wyce and everyone in the Social Sciences.

Everything they thought me helped me understand the world and prepare me for my future career in education. Their teaching styles were all diverse and allowed me to learn from different types of people.

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

My experience was mixed.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

It didn’t give me a sense of diversity but taught me black unity and it’s importance in a world of racism.

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

I’m not currently working right now but my HBCU aided me in preparing for teaching by providing me with diverse perspectives of how to communicate to students.

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

Haha no comment.

What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

Basically the Chinese place. Don’t remember the name. We also had a Chic Fila and Papa John’s on campus. I mostly enjoyed Pepperoni Pizza for Papa Johns. The cafe food was not very appetizing and that’s all I can say about that. But the omelets were great.

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

Didn’t really go to sporting events.

Who was your College crush?

She knows who she is. Intelligent young woman. I admire her academic achievements.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I was actually never nervous. I’m rarely nervous about much. Learned to be calm in all situations at a young age.

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

History. I chose history after I realized it fit what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I had already taken classes with many of the professors before so it was a perfect fit.

What was your saddest moment @ Fort Valley State University ?

It was afterwards but a friend of mine died in a car accident not too long after I graduated.

What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

No. Never had any interest.

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

Not as much as I should of been but my last years there I did join the History club and the Marketing club.

Where was the “yard” located?

Near the commons.

What and where were the historical places on campus?

Almost everywhere because the school is so historical.

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

Not that I’m aware of.

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

I did receive my first failing grade in college and I didn’t appreciate it. It was for a class I didn’t even need.

If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

I would say “I love and miss you. May your souls rest in peace”.

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

Be attentive to what’s going on the world; apathy is dangerous.

What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into woman or manhood?

Being by myself at school made me realize that I would have to become an individual.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I discovered my passion in high school by being in history class and really enjoying learning about it.

What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?

No sports but I was on the chess team.

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

Look for as many scholarships as possible. UNCF is a great resource as well as Google. Also ask your counselor for waivers on application fees.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

I’d address it upfront and challenge it.

Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

Live life not in the pursuit of selfishness but help those around you.

Questions about college? Need help completing your application? Contact Jonathan!

Email Address: jonathanellis2003@yahoo.com
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