30th Jun2016

Ashley Sidney – Grambling State University ’19

by Staff

“My first college football game against Bethune Cookman in fall 2015. It was very exciting, the crowd, the band, the dancers. It was everything I expected and some.”

“Representing my school at all times!”|Image Credit: Ashley Sidney

Name
Ashley Sidney

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2019

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Houston, Tx. I have a friend who was always talking about HBCU bands, more so Prairie View and that kind of got me into it. I asked him a few questions and I informed myself on the rest.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose to attend an HBCU over a PWI because, majority of my grade school years, there was a mixture of black, mostly hispanics and other races, and I wanted to know what it was like being at a school with people the same race as me all challenging ourselves for a higher education. Also there are life changing opportunities at HBCU’s that wouldn’t be available to us at a PWI.

Major? Why did you choose it?

@whatsupwithFSUB

@whatsupwithFSUB|Image Credit: Ashley Sidney

I’m majoring in Leisure Studies. I chose that major because I like to stay active. The human body and how it moves fascinates me. I would like to help people stay active and live a healthier lifestyle.

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

Well I don’t have much of a story right now, just a few paragraphs. I’m still at the beginning of my story, but as I go into my sophomore year there will be much more to discuss on my experience. So far my experience has been great. I’m glad to say that Grambling will soon be my alma mater.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

At the Erykah Badu concert during Homecoming 2015

“At the Erykah Badu concert during Homecoming 2015!”|Image Credit: Ashley Sidney

Well, I have a few first time experiences. My first college football game against Bethune Cookman in fall 2015. It was very exciting, the crowd, the band, the dancers. It was everything I expected and some. My first Erykah Badu concert was during Homecoming week and it was phenomenal.

And Bayou Classic, one of the best rivalry games in the south was the best way to end the season with no loss in our conference. (Also my first time being in New Orleans.)

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

Professors that have impacted my life in and out of the classroom are Mr. Seals and Mrs. Calvin. If I need any help whether it’s with a recommendation or some help understanding an assignment,

Mr. Seals will explain it thoroughly. Mrs. Calvin is more of making sure I’m focused and to strive for better.

Questions about being a Leisure Studies Major? Or attending Grambling State? Respectfully ask Ashley!

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27th Jun2016

Terrian Woolridge – Grambling State University ’18

by Staff

“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!

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23rd Jun2016

Kindrell Plains – Grambling State University ’11

by Staff

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

I Love My HBCU

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

Name
Kindrell Plains

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2011

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

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

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

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

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

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

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

Major? Why did you choose it?

Kindrell Plains - Grambling State University '11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kindrell Plains - Grambling State University '11

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

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

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

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

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

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

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

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

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

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

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21st May2016

Quincy Wheaton – Grambling State University – 2017

by Staff

“It was at Grambling State University that I gained maturity through tough experiences, which has been my best teacher and I’ve appreciated every moment for how it’s made me into the man I am today, and who I’m still becoming.”

Quincy Wheaton - Grambling State University - 2017

Quincy Wheaton of Grambling State University, Class of 2017 | Image Credit: Quincy Wheaton

Name
Quincy Wheaton

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Houston, Texas. I was first introduced to HBCUs from being around my mother’s side of the family. Our family consists of a number of HBCUs including, Grambling State University, Southern University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Prairie View A & M University.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I knew I wanted to go to an HBCU because I just wanted that feeling of being surrounded by people that look just like me, and the feeling of nothing but black heritage, culture, and history. I knew I wouldn’t be able to receive the same experience I have thus far from being at Grambling State University, at a PWI.

Also, it was television shows like ‘A Different World’ that showed a positive image of black people obtaining an education at an HBCU that helped influence my decision. I chose Grambling in particular because that seemed to be all I knew being in my house, and I knew I’d also make my mother proud graduating from her same Alma Mater.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a Mass Communication major. I chose this major because I knew I wanted to be doing something with my skills for talking and being really charismatic and outgoing. My concentration is broadcasting, in which I plan to pursue a career as a radio personality, and hopefully follow in the footsteps of fellow HBCU graduates “The Fly Jock,” Tom Joyner (Tuskegee University) , and actor and television host, Terrence J (North Carolina A & T).

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

Before coming to Grambling State University, I knew I wanted to make a big name for myself there. The initial plan was to be a drum major, leading the “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band, but I didn’t stick with band after I graduated from high school. I came to Grambling just showcasing my talent of dancing and that was how I was initially seen around campus. As the years went on, I matured a bit and changed up my style of how I dressed and presented myself, from sweats, Chucks {Chuck Taylor’s}, durags, and fitted caps, to tailored suits, suspenders, wingtips and oxfords.

Quincy Wheaton of Grambling State University, Class of 2017

Quincy Wheaton walking to class on the GSU campus | Image Credit: Quincy Wheaton

It was at Grambling State University that I gained maturity through tough experiences, which has been my best teacher and I’ve appreciated every moment for how it’s made me into the man I am today, and who I’m still becoming.

Quincy Wheaton of Grambling State University, Class of 2017

“Eddie” aka Quincy Wheaton posing for the camera; Go Grambling! | Image Credit: Quincy Wheaton

Currently, I am one of the well-known mascots of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), known as, “Eddie” The Tiger Mascot, of Grambling State University. I’ve been the mascot now for three years, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I use my talent of dancing to make people laugh and smile, and there’s no better feeling. I suppose it was in God’s plans to make a name for me at Grambling, in His own way.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

Quincy Wheaton - Grambling State University - 2017 Erykah Badu Attended Grambling

Did you know that Erykah Badu attended Grambling State University? | Image Credit: Pinterest.com

Meeting Erykah Badu for the first time at Grambling was truly amazing. I’ll never forget anything about that day. Erykah was set to perform for our Homecoming concert, and I had permission to be one of the personalities to interview her. Her flight was delayed in Dallas, so she didn’t get there until about one something in the morning, but she gave the crowd more than their money’s worth when she performed.

The concert ended up ending around three in the morning! Afterwards, we met with her and she took pictures with everyone, and was so down to Earth. I remember asking her if I may take a picture with her, and when I took it, she said, “Wait, is that SnapChat?” and I said, “Yeah.” She said, “Hold on, let’s delete that picture, let’s do a video instead.” I thought that was the coolest thing in the world, and I will never forget it.

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

Quincy Wheaton - Grambling State University - 2017 great professor santoria black

Professor Santoria Black hosting “The Sports Beat” at Grambling State University | Image Credit: Thegreatestfan.blogspot.com

Two professors that have impacted me in and out of the classroom, are two of my mass comm. teachers, Mr. Santoria Black, and Mr. Alan Blakeney. These two teachers have managed to teach me more about the media field than I was planning to get out of it. With my concentration as broadcasting, I was strictly focusing on just working on the radio, but with these two teachers, I was able to learn so much more.

I can work in front of a camera, and behind, work the audio controls, edit videos and so much more useful information I can take with me. It was Mr. Black who provided me with my first internship working at a radio station and being able to use my voice. They’re more than teachers, but mentors, that manage to leave an impact on you.

Questions about Grambling? Inquire with Quincy!

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15th May2016

Nzingha Bomani – Dillard University – 2018

by Staff

“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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15th May2016

Charlesia Watkins – Grambling State University – 2017

by Staff

“First time experiences at Grambling State University has always left me positively speechless. My first Homecoming was AMAZING!!!”

Charlesia Watkins of Grambling State University, Class of 2017

Charlesia Watkins of Grambling State University, Class of 2017 | Image Credit: Charlesia Watkins

Name
Charlesia Watkins

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Mayor of Shreveport, Mrs. Ollie Tyler | Image Credit: shreveportla.gov

Mayor of Shreveport, Mrs. Ollie Tyler | Image Credit: shreveportla.gov

I am a native of the beautiful city/state of Shreveport, Louisiana. HBCU’s were introduced to me by the many alumni that evolved around me on a daily basis. The conversations, college football games shown on television, and the many rivalries that went on around me grabbed all of my attention.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a PWI because of it’s comfortability! Experiencing both institutions before making a solid decision was an amazing opportunity. I was able to balance out the pros and cons of both.

I gravitated more to the HBCU’s side because of the togetherness, understanding, and seeing the hardwork of many African Americans. I was able to fit right in and go with the flow and more importantly find myself and lifelong, beautiful friends from everywhere.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Charlesia Watkins of Grambling State University, Class of 2017

Charlesia Watkins looking stunning as she relaxes on a beautiful afternoon | Image Credit: Charlesia Watkins

I’m am now majoring in the field of Social Work. I chose Social Work based off my life and the obstacles that I have overcome and also others and their obstacles that gets in the way of them reaching their full potential. I believe in my heart and by my beliefs that I am called to be in the field of Social Work.

Help is needed everywhere and in every field, as we all know; being called to help is more intimate, in my opinion. I want to share my personality and spread my positive energy and diligence to those in need physically, mentally and more. I believe in getting connected and getting others connected to any and everything that will keep us all from falling. No one is left behind in my eyes. We all are ONE and EQUAL!

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

Charlesia Watkins of Grambling State University, Class of 2017

Charlesia Watkins looking gorgeous, radiant, and blessed as she models at an event | Image Credit: IllusionsGraphics

The story of my experience at Grambling State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution are the action and excitement of sports held at my institution. The football, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, track and field, and many more sports brings enlightenment to my institution. The support is surreal!

From what my eyes have seen while attending these activities and sitting in the stands, there has and will always be that audience or voice that keeps the team going and pushing harder and harder to finish strong.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

First time experiences at Grambling State University has always left me positively speechless. My first Homecoming was AMAZING!!!

The crowd of excited energy, the soulful and sweet sound of the One & Only World’s Famous Grambling Tigers Marching Band, the diligent coaches and team players, the speakers, the tailgating filled with many options of foods, and so much more. My first year at Grambling State University was astounding!

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

Some professors that has impacted my life in and out of the classroom are Mrs. E. Jenkins, Dr. Bradtford, Dr. Fobbs, Dr. Thomason, and much more! These important people helped me to keep going through their words but more importantly their actions. They showed that they cared. They helped push me to the young lady I am today! I will never forget the inspiring conversations and encouraging words that were given.

Questions about Grambling State University?? Respectfully, ask Charlesia!

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24th Apr2016

Monaé Howard – Dillard University – 2016

by Staff

“Dillard has provided me with so much experience in my field of study and for my future career. I do not believe that any other school could have done this for me.”

Monaé Howard - Dillard University - 2016

Monaé Howard looking stunning in her graduation garb on Dillard Universitys’ beautiful campus | Image Credit: KAI Photography

Name
Monaé Howard

Your HBCU?
Dillard University

Graduation Year?
2016

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?
I am from Pass Christian, MS. I was introduced to HBCUs in high school at the college fair.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Actually, an HBCU was not my first choice. I was enrolled to attend Loyola University in New Orleans,a PWI, for sports, but strangely enough they sent me a letter the week before classes started stating I was suppose to attend summer school. I had no prior knowledge of this, so I was told to attend a University for a semester and transfer to Loyola. I was like “Okay Monaé you have to find a school to go to for a semester.” I chose Dillard University. I did not plan on staying at Dillard, but the family atmosphere and the love I felt from faculty, staff, and my peers made me stay. Staying is still the best decision I have ever made.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a Political Science major. I chose this major because I plan to go to law school, and become an attorney for the United States Air Force.

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

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Monaé Howard looking towards the future as she embarks on her journey to become an attorney for the US Air Force| Image Credit: KAI Photography

A Dillard University experience is not anything one would find anywhere else. It is truly what you make it. Dillard University is my home away from home. I have people at my university I know I can call if anything goes wrong or I’m having problems in my personal life and academically.

I have made some amazing friends that I have grown with and love like they were blood sisters and brothers. I love my HBCU experience. I love the opportunities my university offers from spending the summer at The University Of Houston Law Center for a Pre-Law program to attending conferences in Washington,D.C to broaden my perspectives on different cultures. Dillard has provided me with so much experience in my field of study and for my future career. I do not believe that any other school could have done this for me.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

I am from conservative Mississippi where not a lot goes on, including not knowing much about black history. Being at Dillard University, it was my first time to truly learn about myself. I was able to lead others on campus, learn about my culture and history in depth.

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

 

Dr.Gary Clark dillard university

“Dr. Gary M. Clark is a political analyst, strategist, and commentator. He is a Barron Hilton Endowed Professor in Political Science, and Revius O. Ortique, Jr., Endowed Chair in Politics, and Social Thought at Dillard University.”| Image Credit: drclarknetwork.com

Dr.Gary Clark is my all time favorite professor at Dillard. He is real laid back and wants all of his students to succeed. He allowed for us students to participate in local campaigns, and he constantly let my colleagues and I know no matter what, a Dillard Political Science student is the best student.

He helped guide me when I felt all was lost. He brought the spark back in my classes since he let us openly discuss and debate topics in class. I feel he really helped prepare me for my next step in life.

Questions about being a Poli Sci major? Campus Life at Dillard U? Ask Monaé!

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