20th Jun2013

Terrell Branham – Morris College ’14

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Proud and Accomplished HBCU student-athlete, Terrell Branham of Morris College shares his HBCU Experience and is living proof that one can excel academically while excelling as an athlete.

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

I’m from a town called Kingstree, South Carolina. I was introduced to HBCUs back in the day by a college recruiter.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I never had thoughts choosing an HBCU over a pwi.

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

I decided to become a student at my HBCU through reputation, mostly by accreditation.

What professors at Morris College are leaving the most impression upon you as a person and student? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

One professor I would like to say that is leaving the most impression is my General Studies professor Dr. Early, because she sees how I carried myself on a positive perspective.

I would also like to say is my academic advisor Dr. (Richard) Smith (Chairperson of the Division of Business Administration). He always want me stay proactive, and get out there and do it.

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

All I could say about my experience about my HBCU is what you make out of it. You just have to get out there and get involved.

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

I don’t have one because I don’t have a girlfriend.

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

Before we had a Pizza Hut, we had the regular student center menu. My favorite was the six wing combo menu. It comes with six wings with fries.

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

I know at halftime of the mens basketball game, its often the sororities and fraternities of each greek letter organizations.

During basketball games we go by the cheerleader’s famous “Do Those Hornets Rock?” cheer.

Who is your College crush?

There so many of them, but turns out they have boyfriends, and I was kind of upset a little bit.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I won’t say that I’m nervous, I just got to get used to meeting new people.

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

My major is Business Administration, and I choose it because I want to become an Administrative Assistant or to work within a computer-related business.

What to date has been your proudest moment @ Morris College?

My proudest moment at my HBCU is to achieve at something either in an organization, sports, or activities.

What to date has been your saddest moment @ Morris College?

My saddest moment is that I got held back for a year because I have not met the required grade from one of my courses.

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

I didn’t pledge in a D9 greek organization, but I did pledge Phi Beta Lambda, and my reason is that I know I can bring ideas to the table.

Ever since I pledged, I have brought the idea to update our wall on campus.

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

Yes I am. I’m a Student Ambassador, member of Phi Beta Lambda Incorporated, and a student athlete.

Where is the “yard” located?

The “yard” is actually located on campus.

What and where are the historical places on campus?

We have three buildings that are historical and they are not far apart from each other.

We have the Pinson Administration Building which was a library at first, the Academic Hall, and Brawley-Starks Academic Success Center which used to be a male residence hall.

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Pinson Administration Building | Image Credit: Morris.edu

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Brawley-Starks Academic Success Center | Image Credit: Morris.edu

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

Not that I heard of.

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

I have many: first award my freshman year, first award in athletics that’s also during my freshman year, first time in a pageant and I don’t really do pageants like that but I did and got 1st runner up.

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Mr. Branham with his “Outstanding Sprinter” Award in Track & Field – Congratulations Brother! | Image Credit: Terrell Branham

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

I don’t think I’m in that kind of situation from my life.

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

I talk to some of my closest friends and tell them that I’m going to miss out on this graduation. They give me some encouraging words. They told me don’t let that discourage you and always keep your head up.

If you have any questions about Morris College or Have questions about the Business Administration major; Contact Terrell!

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Email Address: terrell_branham[AT]yahoo.com

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19th Jun2013

Chineze Emodi – Bethune Cookman University ’15

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Chineze Emodi kindly gives us an inside look at the HBCU Experience to be had at Bethune – Cookman University; All while telling us the best places to eat, best professors, and words of wisdom that will last for a lifetime.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I always wanted to be part of the Hbcu family.

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

I’m from los Angeles.

My high school teacher Mr. Conner encouraged and advised me about Hbcu’s, which helped me in making the choice of going to the great B-CU.

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How did you decide to become a student at Bethune Cookman University?

 

Felt Like Home

 

Feel free to elaborate… The first time I came to visit B-CU they were so friendly and welcoming. The teachers were nice and the way the teachers interact with their students one on one made me know that this was the school for me.

 

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?

 

MS. CANDACE FINLEY. omg ms finley that’s my main.


She is such a nice woman, always there for her students both academic and personal life being that she is so young most students are so comfortable talking to her because she has been in our shoes before.

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

It’s been so fun , my dorm life I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. I love my school and would always represent my school anywhere.

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

Nursing. I always wanted to work in the medical field and nursing was less years instead of going to medical school and its faster.

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The School of Nursing at Bethune-Cookman University | Image Credit: cookman.edu

Where is the “yard” located?

We call it the quad. It’s located by White Hall.

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

Mary McLeod Bethune’s house lol people always say the black cat that walks around the campus is mary McLeod because that was her cat but I don’t believe in ghosts.

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Mary McCleod Bethunes’ Home | Image Credit: allenfamilyreunion.org

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

There is a lot of food restaurant around Bethune cookman especially by the beach which is 5 mins away from the school but my favorite food place had to be Bethune grill..its know for this sweet spicy chicken that its so good lol u haven’t enjoyed yet until u eat Bethune grill.

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A young lady enjoying the delectable food provided by Bethune Grill in her dorm room | Image Credit: Myspace.com

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 didn’t really have a lot of firsts because when I came to Bethune cookman I was 16 years old and most thing I could involve myself in you had to be 18.

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

I am one of the bcu athletic trainers. I’m also a member of the African students association, which we remade active last year; also a member of UNCF, which I have been involved with since high school.

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Chineze Emodi enjoying the life of an accomplished and inspirational college student | Image Credit: Chineze Emodi

I was the activities coordinator/ peer leader for college summit and a member of my sisters keepers in high school.

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

Enjoy The HBCU Experience ,stay in school and get involved in school events and  join different organizations.

If you have any questions related to Bethune Cookman University or joining student organizations? Respectfully reach out to Chineze!

E-Mail: chineze.emodi[AT]students.cookman.edu

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18th Jun2013

Latisha Miles – Central State University ’13

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Central State University Alum, Latisha Miles shares with us her HBCU Experience and gives us insight into how it all came about. 

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a PWI, because I wanted the opportunity to delve into my history more than a PWI would allow me to do.

Where are you from? When you were younger who introduced you to the greatness that is HBCUs?

I am from Indianapolis, Indiana.

My high school counselor, Mr. Henry, took a group of students to an HBCU fair at Martin University and made sure we all applied to each HBCU present.

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

Felt Like Home

Feel free to elaborate…

The campus tours program at Central State University personalizes each tour they give.

They know exactly how to reach each type of person.

When I arrived to the campus, I felt like I never left home. Later that year I joined the campus tour guides.

Which professors at Central State University left the most impression upon your academic and personal life? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

Mr. Kenyal McGee left a major impression on my academic and personal life.

He made me work so hard during his course that I thought it would never end.

All the work he gave was fully relevant to his course, so my hard work resulted in an “A” in his course. To this day, he still communicates with me to make sure that I am staying on track.

What is the story of your “HBCU experience”?

My HBCU experience is purely described by growth.

While at my HBCU (Central State University), I grew into a woman.

I learned how to take care of my own business, while still having time for fun. CSU taught me the essence of a well-balanced lifestyle.

My HBCU experience couldn’t be traded for all the money in the world. I LOVE MY CSU!

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Latisha Miles’ hard work and social eloquence is rewarded as she graduates from the one and only Central State University c/o 2013 | Image Credit: Latisha Miles

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

My major was Business Administration with a concentration in Management.

I chose this major because I have always been a natural leader. I also have a passion for business.

I love to dress in my business attire and feel like I am on top of the world while learning how to make a business successful.

How did you overcome your nervousness that first year?

I overcame my nervousness of my first year through the support of my Resident Advisor, Aminta Moses, and my Student Ambassador, Kendrick Jones.

The two student leaders broke my silence, kept me as far from my room as possible, and encouraged me to get involved at Central State University.

They were and still are the mentors in my life, as well as two amazing friends.

What were the chants heard most often at sporting events?

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO oooooooooo OOOOOOOOOOOOOO ooooooooooooooo, IT’S MARAUDER LAND ( it’s marauder land) IT’S MARAUDER LAND ( it’s marauder land)

It sounds much better when singing it haha.

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

My favorite restaurant near campus was BD’s Mongolian grill.

I love having my food prepare in front of me.

They cook the food you give them, so you have total control of the flavor.

Who was your college crush? Where were the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle?

My college crush was actually Aamar Blair. He was my initial freshman rival, and a major support system.

He is currently serving as Mr. Central State University, and I am so proud of him.

Spring at Central State

I didn’t really cuddle much outside of my room, but the stadium was my favorite place to go lay and look at the stars.

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

I was positively active on my college campus by being an amazing tour guide and recruiter for my university.

Tour guides are constantly in the limelight and are great representations of what our university has to offer.

–>Check out the CSU Tour Guides having a little fun after a day of hard work

I was also the Senior Class Vice President and helped the confidence of several women by putting together the Miss Voluptuous Pageant, alongside the wonderful Reachelle Castillo.

In High school I was a senior mentor.

We were awarded the opportunity to help the incoming classes at Ben Davis adjust. We were the role models of the high school.

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

HBCUs embrace you into their family and support you through everything.

It is up to you to figure out what you want from life, but your family will see you through it!

Questions about CSU? Want to Network? Respectfully contact Latisha, using the info below!

Email: lmmiles22[AT]yahoo.com

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17th Jun2013

Amanda McCombs – Central State University ’15

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Future lawyer, Amanda McCombs, c/o 2015 shares with us her HBCU Experience thus far at Central State University and much more.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose to attend an HBCU over a PWI because I wanted the experience that only an HBCU can offer an African-American student.

I went to a majority Caucasian high school and I wanted something different for college.

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

I am from Xenia, Ohio.

My father introduced me to the greatness that is offered at an HBCU.

My dad works at the university that I now attend and he shined a whole new light on the HBCU experience to me as I was preparing to make a choice on which university would suit me best.

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

Felt Like Home

Feel free to elaborate…

I decided to become a student at Central State University because from day one it felt like this is where I should be.

At my new student orientation I was embraced as if they were my actual family and they really cared about my well-being and had my best interest at heart and that meant a lot to me.

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?

The professor that has had the biggest impact on my life is Professor Sidney Williams.

Mr. Williams is the law professor at Central State University and also the advisor over the Pre-Law Society which I have been a member of since the beginning of my journey at Central State.

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Central State University Pre-Law Director Sidney Williams
Image Credit: Charles Caperton; Xeniagazette.com

This incredible man has not only pushed me to always do my best when it comes to academics but he has also sharpened my professional demeanor and helped me propel myself to the next level when it comes to ambition and drive.

What is the story of your “HBCU experience”?

The story of my “HBCU Experience” is one of student leadership and success.

I have always been an outspoken and heavily devoted person to whatever I put my heart into, but Central State helped me tremendously by giving me an outlet to do what comes natural to me.

There are so many opportunities at Central State for you to shine and be a leader and become the light that helps guide the next generations, and my experience has taught me that you must follow before you can lead and that everything happens in due time.

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

My major is Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration and a minor in Pre-Law.

I chose this major because I plan on going to law school upon graduation, and I love anything to do with the law and government.

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Terry V. Percy, Esq., Alabama A&M University Alum ’69 also was a political science major – Image Credit: MyHBCUInterview.com

 Where is the “yard” located?

The “yard” that I love and cherish is located in Wilberforce, Ohio.

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

My whole HBCU is a historical place.

Some of the prominent buildings that are known for their historical value are Galloway Hall, which before the 1974 tornado that demolished the auditorium was a prominent place for Civil Rights activist to come speak to students and the community alike.

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Galloway Hall also known as “Alumni Tower” – Image Cred: centralstate.edu

Another place that is filled with historical value pivotal to an HBCU campus is the African-American Museum (on fB) that sits on Central State’s ground.

Even though the museum itself isn’t historical the information and knowledge it houses tells a story that dates back generations and that every student that attend an HBCU should hear.

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National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center located on the Central State University campus; Image Credit: Facebook

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

The best restaurants near campus would either be Nick’s Grill or Los Mariachis.

At Nick’s really anything you order off their menu is amazing and at Los Mariachis I can never leave without having their delicious fried ice-cream.

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.)

While attending Central State University one of the “first” time experiences I had was going on a business road-trip with the Pre-Law Society to University of Toledo Law School and Case-Western Law School.

I’ve been on road-trips for leisure before but my first time business road trip was a lot of fun and a great learning experience which also introduced me to the law school that I hope to attend after graduation.

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

I am positively active on my college campus by being a Tour Guide as well as being a member of the Pre-Law Society, the Political Science Society , and TRIO/ Student Support Services which helps acclimate high school students to college and then undergraduate students onto their next step in life.

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

If I could only speak a few words to the youth coming after me I would say, ” Every reality was once a dream, so set your sights on the stars and let them soar.”

Network with Amanda and ask her your HBCU and Central State related questions! Her contact info is below:

Email: mndmccombs[AT]yahoo.com

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Instagram: Manda_CSU15

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17th Jun2013

Bria Givans – Howard University ’17

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Future world-renowned psychologist, Bria Givans (c/o ’17) shares insight with us into her journey from high school to the Esteemed halls of Howard University.

Where were you born and raised?

Miami, Florida

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How would you describe your high school experience and environment?

My high school experience was like no other. I attended the same school freshman, sophomore, and half of senior year. Junior year I moved to another city and attended a different school.

The beginning of senior year I did a program called Early Admissions where you could attend college full time. I would say my high school experience was really busy the last two years.

What extra curricular activities did you participate in?

Red Cross Club, TV Production, National Science Honor Society, and TV Production.

What was your GPA? ACT, SAT, etc. scores?

GPA: 3.7 ACT: 23 SAT: 1600

When did you send your application to the HBCU of your choice?

I sent in my application early January of 2013.

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How did you first learn about HBCUs?

I first learned about HBCUs through Twitter. Especially the HU17 and FAMU17 hashtag.

Were your guidance counselors knowledgeable about HBCUs? If not, where did you get all of your information from about the HBCUs you were thinking of attending?

My guidance counselors were knowledgable about HBCUs but didn’t really promote them like they did other schools.

I got most of my information on HBCUs from my aunts and uncles who’ve attended HBCUs themselves.

What led you to choose an HBCU over a pwi (predominately “white” institution)?

I chose a HBCU over a pwi because I knew I would be most comfortable there. Being surrounded by so many people similar to you, with the same goals and aspirations is a great feeling.

Which HBCU did you decide to attend? And why?

I decided to attend Howard University because my cousin graduated from there and he said it was great experience.

When reading student reviews on schools, I carefully took into consideration the many aspects of attending Howard. The history and others’ stories about Howard was all I needed!

What is your major? And why did you choose it?

My major is psychology and I chose it because I am extremely fascinated with how the human body and mind works together as one.

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Howard University Alum, Jerrica Oliver was a psychology major as well. Class of 2010 | Image Credit: MyHBCUInterview.com

What advice do you have for upcoming juniors and seniors in High School looking at colleges?

My advice for upcoming juniors and seniors is apply early!

Also, apply for as many scholarships as possible.

Do not wait until it’s too late because it could be the determining factor whether or not you attend the college of your choice.

If you have any questions about Howard University and the application process, respectfully reach out to Bria using the contact info below!

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IG: @KingBriaG | Kik: brijaybby

Email: briagivans[AT]ymail.com

Businesses Online:

CandiGirlz Boutique IG: @candigirlzboutique

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07th Jun2013

Amelia Davis – Florida A&M University c/o ’95

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Esteemed FAMU graduate, Amelia Davis,MBA shares with us her HBCU Experience and how it all came to be.

Amelia also gives us insight into what makes HBCU professors the best professors on this planet. Enjoy and soak up the knowledge!

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I choose to attend a HBCU, Florida A&M in particular, because of the strong legacy and history of my alma mater. As a child I recall going to field trips to Lee Hall Auditorium (on FAMU campus) to see the Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater; the excitement of the campus to a few 8 year old kids was unforgettable.

I honestly never saw myself attending any other university, because of the strong presence FAMU had in my community.

Where are you from? When you were younger who introduced you to the greatness that is HBCUs?

Born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida.

My teachers in elementary, middle and high school were graduates of both HBCU and PWI, but as a child you don’t know the difference. It wasn’t until I got older, is when I saw the difference and knew the significance and why HBCUs were created.

How did you decide to become a student at Florida A&M University?

Scholarship

Feel free to elaborate…

I was awarded a partial scholarship to FAMU, presented to me by Dr. Frederick Humphries (former FAMU President;in video below) at my high school graduation, June 1991.

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

Dr. Victor Oguledo was my academic adviser and would take the time to sit with me and go over my educational path to graduation.

Also, Dr. Rudolph Daniels encouraged and always challenged his students to be the best.

He also sparked the interest in subscribing to the Wall Street Journal (it didn’t hurt that we had to show proof of subscription for extra credit).

Dr Daniels encouraged graduate school, as he would always say, “Go to graduate school directly after you graduate, because once you start making money and living your life, it will be hard to go back”. It took me 13 years to go back to get my MBA, so needless to say…he was right!

One thing that sticks out to me is a conversation I had with Dr Ogueledo.

The summer I was set to graduate, FAMU didn’t offer the classes and I had to attend summer school at another university across town, he told me, ” You will see the difference on how professors will help you”. I didn’t know what he meant, until I finished the two classes and I went back to him and admitted he was right.

What is the story of your “HBCU experience”?

My HBCU experience…words cannot describe the love I have for my university and the memories.

It may sound cliche’ when you hear that we are a “FAMUly”…but its true. There is an indescribable force that connects all Rattlers, especially alumni. We look out for each other, we help each other, we support one another… I wouldn’t trade my HBCU experience at FAMU, for any other school on this earth.

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

As a freshman, I entered Florida A&M as a Chemistry major. I didn’t mind Chemistry, but hated Biology and my grades reflected that. My sophomore year, I changed to Business Economics (which was really a major in Economics with a minor in Business Administration)and never looked back. That was the best decision I made!

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics.

How did you overcome your nervousness that first year?

I wouldn’t call it nervousness…..I would actually say it was excitement. It didn’t hurt that me, my best friends and some of my high school classmates went to FAMU and had some of the same classes. My transition into college life was quite easy.

What were the chants heard most often at sporting events?

It was sooooooo many, especially when you sat by the band, The Incomparable Marching 100!

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

Let’s see….. B. Merell’s had the BEST 25 cent wings at Happy Hour and then there was Skinner’s across from FAMU. Being from Tallahassee, or a “local” as they called us, I really didn’t eat out a lot, as I always had a home cook meal, when I wanted. 🙂

Who was your college crush? Where were the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle?

Hmmm..I’ll skip this one 🙂

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

I was a member of SGA Sophomore class cabinet 92-93 and a member of NCNW, when it was first being chartered on FAMU campus. After my Sophomore year, I pretty much became less active in groups and more focused on my studies.

High school I was a member of SGA, Co-Editor of the yearbook and Senior class President.

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

Please value your college experiences, as this will be the most defining moment of your life. Take it serious!

If you have questions about HBCU Life or your major (if its Business) feel free to contact Amelia Davis below: 

E-Mail: amelia.davis91[AT]gmail.com

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05th Jun2013

Reasons why you need to be part of the FAMUly at Florida A&M University and more with @SoOuttaYoLeague #FAMU17

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@SoOuttaYoLeague shares her reasons for choosing Florida A&M University during her years as a junior/senior in High School and tells how HBCUs played a part in the lives of her elders and other family members.

Thank you @SoOuttaYoLeague for taking the time to share with us and we know you will have a great experience during your 4 years at FAM.

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