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.”

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“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?

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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?

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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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04th Jul2013

Ashley Clayborne – Howard University ’17

by Staff

Future Pediatrician and Social Butterfly, Ashley Clayborne shares with us where she is from and how she came to choose Famed Howard University as her college of choice!

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[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs back in the day?[/dropshadowbox]

I was born in Baltimore Maryland, but raised in Atlanta Ga.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”550px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]How would you describe your high school experience and environment?[/dropshadowbox]

My high school experience was great. I am glad I made new friends, created new memories, and just basically had a exceptional high school experience.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”450px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]What extra curricular activities did you participate in?[/dropshadowbox]

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Ashleys’ Beautiful Senior Portrait | Image Credit: Ashley Clayborne

Marching Band freshmen year
Lacrosse for 3 years
Girl Talk
Drama Club
Freshmen, sophomore, and junior advisory board
Senior representatives
Friends club
Leaders of tomorrow Atlanta chapter
National Black MBA Association
Spirit hawks
Film club
Pre-med society

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]What was your GPA? ACT, SAT, etc. scores?[/dropshadowbox]

  • 3.6 GPA

  • 23 ACT

  • 1480 SAT

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]When did you send your application to the HBCU of your choice?[/dropshadowbox]

I sent my application to Howard University in late December.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”425px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]How did you first learn about HBCUs?[/dropshadowbox]

I first learned about HBCU’s from the spring break college tour trips I used to take.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]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?[/dropshadowbox]

My counselor wasn’t that knowledgeable about HBCU’s. Being that I attended a majority white school. Therefore I had to basically search information on the school of my choice by myself.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]What led you to choose an HBCU over a pwi (predominately “white” institution)?[/dropshadowbox]

I chose a HBCU over a pwi because I want to have that “black” college experience.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Which HBCU did you decide to attend? And why?[/dropshadowbox]

I chose Howard University because it is my dream school. I just love the environment. I love the location. I just see myself having the time of my life during college.

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Ashley looking confidently and proudly towards her future at Howard University! | Image Credit: Ashley Clayborne

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]What is your major? And why did you choose it?[/dropshadowbox]

I chose biology as my major because I would like to become a pediatrician.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]What advice do you have for upcoming juniors and seniors in High School looking at colleges?[/dropshadowbox]

1. Start narrowing down your decisions on what college you would like to attend.
2. Do not wait until the last minute to start applying for college.
3. Be sure to try your hardest when you take the SAT and ACT
4. Be sure to maintain a good GPA.
5. Apply for as many scholarships as you can!

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Questions about completing the Howard University application? Need help “narrowing down your decisions”? Contact Ashley![/dropshadowbox]

Email: pasenda[AT]yahoo.com
Twitter and Instagram: @ashclayborne

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27th Jun2013

Janelle Thompson – Howard University ’17

by Staff

Janelle shares with us how she came to select Howard University as her college of choice, and how she incorporated her Jamaican culture into her American high school experience.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and currently live in Atlanta, Ga.

How would you describe your high school experience and environment?

My High School experience was definitely a good experience. I’ve learned a lot about myself and who my friends are in the past four years.

What extra curricular activities did you participate in?

Like many Jamaicans, I ran track for two years with my High School. I also founded a multicultural group to defeat ignorance and stereotypes towards other cultures and people.

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Janelle conducting an interview themed on the culture in Jamaica | Image Credit: Janelle Thompson

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

4.047, 1920

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

I sent in my application Early Action in November.

How did you first learn about HBCUs?

I learned of Howard through the multiple Alumni that were involved in my life.

My Uncle graduated from Howard Law and owns his own law firm in Maryland, as well as my friend’s mother who graduated from Howard and owns her own firm in Atlanta. From there I started to do my own research on HBCUs.

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 somewhat knowledgeable about HBCUs. The information I did not get from them I went and researched myself on the internet or through alumni.

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Janelle looking elegant as a high school senior before she travels to attend the one and only Howard University | Image Credit: Janelle Thompson

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

There is a certain feeling that you get when you go to an HBCU. You feel as if you’re making history. One of my main goals in life is to create a legacy. I couldn’t be happier if that legacy was shared with African Americans and especially my fellow Jamaicans.

Which HBCU did you decide to attend? And why?

I chose to go to Howard University because I love how prestigious Howard is…It is basically number one in my eyes. The connections available at Howard are endless.


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

My major is Administration of Justice. When I watch the news I have never been concerned about the punishment of a crime, I have always been concerned for the criminal and what took place in their life to make them do such a thing.

My major allows me to find the connection between the justice system and crime causation factors.

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

1 Start Now, Not tomorrow, now!

2 Speak to your counselor every chance you get

3 Don’t be afraid to get a tutor

4 Get involved in school activities

5 Join the site College Prowler

Janelle on Goals,Family, and Motivation

I have seen my parents strive for success starting from nothing. My parents and I were all born in the complicated, controversial island of Jamaica. Many people are surprised to hear me describe the country this way, but Jamaica isn’t all sandy beaches and coconuts, but I will always recognize that throughout the struggle; Jamaica’s people keep their head up.

No matter what they fight to become stronger as one. This attitude has inspired me to strive for my goals, not just for myself, but my country. Most people have goals just to make their parents proud, but mine is much greater, much bigger, and much more powerful. After my career in law, I plan to become the US ambassador of Jamaica and affect each of my fellow Jamaicans, whether they live in the bustling city or the quiet country.

Questions about Howard University? How to Apply? Respectfully reach out to Janelle!

Facebook | E-Mail: Janelle.R.Thompson[AT]gmail.com

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18th Jun2013

Shi-Vaughn Lee – Howard University ’17

by Staff

Future doctor and current student at Howard University, Shi-Vaughn Lee shares with us why she chose Howard University, her advice to high school students, and much more.

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Where were you born and raised?

Born and raised in Bermuda

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The Beauty of Bermuda | Image Credit: Shi-Vaughn Lee

How would you describe your high school experience and environment?

My high school was culturally different and had a high academic standard. I went to predominantly white private schools with people of all sorts of backgrounds.

Being in this environment has challenged me to become more open-minded and strive for excellence to live life comfortably.

What extra curricular activities did you participate in?

Netball, Piano, and Volunteering at the Bermuda Hospital

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

I took the SAT once and gained 1500. Standardized test scores are not stressed in Bermuda as they are in America.

However, I was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate programme, an English system which can reduce college time if certain grades are attained in Higher Level classes.

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Shi-Vaughn at her high school graduation en route to the Esteemed Halls of Howard University | Image Credit: Shi-Vaughn Lee

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

Early action submitting my application by November

How did you first learn about HBCUs?

I have had family attend HBCUs.

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?

Somewhat, however I did many of the research on my own, online, as well as ask family members who I knew had attended an HBCU in the past.

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

I have been educated in pre-dominantely white schools since I was 12.

I wanted a change and wanted to be around people of my own kind.

Which HBCU did you decide to attend? And why?

Howard University!!

I decided Howard because it was ranked high out of the HBCU choices and also because Howard provides a dual program to become a doctor in a minimum of 6 years in contrast to the traditional 4 year undergrad followed by 4 year med school.

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

Biology is my major as it will become the foundation to my future in becoming a doctor.

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

I would advise that you;

1. Attain the highest grades possible in each class in your junior year, as those are usually the transcripts that decide your university choices’ admission decision.

2. WATCH CLOSE TO DEADLINES.

3. Don’t apply everywhere, research plenty, have a top choice, apply early and you should be successful!

Questions about applying to Howard University? Need help deciding which HBCU to make yours? Respectfully reach out to Shi-Vaughn!

Facebook | Instagram/Kik: @shilegacy

Image Credit: Shi-Vaughn Lee

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17th Jun2013

Bria Givans – Howard University ’17

by Staff

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

Vine Credit: Chris Garcia

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.

Video Credit: JaMocha Rose

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!

Facebook | Twitter 

IG: @KingBriaG | Kik: brijaybby

Email: briagivans[AT]ymail.com

Businesses Online:

CandiGirlz Boutique IG: @candigirlzboutique

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11th Jun2013

Maya Crenshaw – Howard University c/o ’17

by Staff

Maya shares with us her high school experience, her GPA (when applying to Howard), how she learned about HBCUs, and much more.

Where were you born and raised?

San Antonio, Texas

How would you describe your high school experience and environment?

Well honestly you have your ups and downs but I made it through that’s what life is all about making it to the finish point.

What extra curricular activities did you participate in?

Cheer, Dance, Student body president, Homecoming queen, Prom queen, Delta GEM

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

3.9 GPA | 1900

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

September 2012

How did you first learn about HBCUs?

Grandparents

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?

Yes they were.

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

Grandparents legacy

Which HBCU did you decide to attend? And why?

Howard University

My grandparents went to Howard so it has been a dream of mine since I was 10

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

Psychology; I want to be a therapist for kids that’s my goal.

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

Start early so you can be well prepared your junior and senior year. It goes by so quickly next thing you know it’s almost time to graduate and you haven’t applied to not one college nor taken your SATS.

If you have any questions about completing your college application or narrowing down your HBCU choices, contact Maya!

Twitter | Facebook

Instagram/Kik/Email: @mayacrenshaw

Thanks to Maya and her inquiry this is our first interview with an incoming student to an HBCU!

Image Credit: Maya Crenshaw

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04th Jun2013

Why @DevineDaVaugn chose Howard University (@HowardU) coming out of High School

by Staff

@DevineDaVaugn was kind enough to share her time and let us know her reasons for choosing the Real HU (Howard University @HowardU on Twitter). She also let us know the status of her guidance counselors with regard to knowledge of HBCUs.

Once again thank you @DevineDaVaugn for your time and allowing us to share this conversation with the world. We look forward to you becoming an elite lawyer on behalf of the people.

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