31st Mar2016

Kirsten Jackson – University of Maryland Eastern Shore – 2016

by Staff

“My college experience has been nothing short of one that I will always cherish.”

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Kirsten Jackson of University of Maryland Eastern Shore looking beautiful in her Textures shirt (Class of 2016) | Image Credit: Kirsten Jackson

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Prince George’s County Maryland specifically Forestville Maryland, A family friend attended this University (UMES) and my parents encouraged me to apply.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Growing up, I remember watching shows like “A Different World” which took place at a fictional HBCU. The pride that I saw, people who looked like me had towards gaining a higher level education encouraged me to attend a HBCU, and learn more about my culture.

Major? Why did you choose it?

My major is Sociology. I enjoy studying people as well as the environments they have been socialized with, so sociology sparked my interest in just that way.

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

From meeting new friends from different areas, to going to college parties, pulling all nighters, to that necessary mid day nap. My college experience has been nothing short of one that I will always cherish.

“First time” experiences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore?

This was the first time I lived on my own without my parents guidance. Everything was on me, and I was pushed to be responsible by myself. This encouraged me to make the right decisions for my future and taught me a lot of things about my tolerance for many things.

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

One professor at my school spoke about the class failing very early on in the semester. I was determined to prove him wrong. His words gave me the drive to prove him as well as any one else with negative thoughts wrong. And of course I did.

Questions about life at UMES? Ask Kirsten!

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30th Mar2016

Jamia Robinson – Morgan State University – 2010

by Staff

Instagram Legend (@shefittho) and Proud Morgan State University Alumnus, Jamia Robinson speaks on her HBCU Experience and How it all came to be!!

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Jamia Robinson of Morgan State University, Class of 2010 | Image Credit: Jamia Robinson

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Kennesaw GA. I was introduced to HBCU by my track coach.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

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Proud MSU Alum Jamia Robinson | Image Credit: Jamia Robinson

I actually attended two other colleges before I chose MSU. When I went for a visit there before finishing up my sophomore year at CENTRAL ARIZONA COLLEGE, I fell in love. It was different. The people were intelligent. Their mind set displayed characteristics of individuals I wanted to be around.

Major? Why did you choose it?

My major was telecommunications. Concentration in television production. I chose it because it had always been a passion of mine.

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

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Jamia Robinson looking ready to go in her workout gear! Check out that bicep! | Image Credit: Jamia Robinson

Well I kept busy. I was a college track athlete. I took 20hrs+ every semester except my last. I would say I was very focused because I had a lot on my plate and failure was not an option.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

I was in culture shock. I wasn’t used to seeing so many people that looked like me. I felt like I actually fit in for once.

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

Professor Eric Dodson. Amazing man. Great professor. He really taught us how to think. My mind was constantly challenged. To this day I will see a Facebook post or something of his and I will analyze it. Nothing he ever says is what it appears. There is always deeper meanings to everything. Critical thinking.

Questions about Morgan State? Ask Jamia!

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26th Mar2016

Dominique Hinton – University of Maryland at Eastern Shore – 2018

by Staff

“I always wanted to go to an HBCU but what really solidfied me in chosing a HBCU was wanting to feel connected and understood.”

This is me at a BME: Night at the Oscars Fashion Show. BME stands for Bazaars Model Entertainment and they are Maryland Eastern shore\'s resident modeling team.| Image Credit: Dominique Hinton

“This is me at a BME: Night at the Oscars Fashion Show. BME stands for Bazaars Model Entertainment and they are the (University of) Maryland Eastern shore’s resident modeling team.”| Image Credit: Dominique Hinton

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Glenn Dale, Maryland. My family introduced me to the concept of HBCUs.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I always wanted to go to an HBCU but what really solidfied me in chosing a HBCU was wanting to feel connected and understood. I attended a private,Christian, and predominantly white high school.

While I was there I never felt like I truly belonged. They never understood why I didn’t like getting my hair wet or why I was sad hearing about hearing how Micheal Brown’s killer getting away. After 4 years of that I knew I did not want my college experience to be that.

Major? Why did you choose it?

My major is Biochemistry. I chose it because I always had a strong interest in science. I am striving towards being a pharmacist an my major goes hand in hand with that goal.

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

When I first came to Maryland Eastern Shore I didn’t exactly fit in. I was a little shy and completely out of my element. I had only gone to all private schools so they were small and it was easy to meet everyone.

Maryland Eastern was the biggest school I had attended. Everyone had different goals and mind sets. At first, I thought I had made a mistake attending and that I should just go back home and attend University of Maryland College Park. Then I convinced myself to stay for at least 2 semesters.

I finally got up enough courage to go out and start meeting people. I met wonderful friend who I am still friends with and they push me to do great things. On the academic side, I feel pushed and that is a good thing.

I do not just want to breeze through school I want to be challenged so I can achieve things that are beyond my limits.

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

Dr.Okpozo was my human anatomy instructor. She helped push me in class and show not to just settle for grades. That I should strive for the best I could possibly do.

Questions about UMES? Respectfully ask Dominique!

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28th Dec2013

Barbara Cook – Morgan State University – May 2014

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Elegant, Intelligent, and Empowered Nubian Queen Barbara Cook gives us insight into her HBCU Experience at Morgan State University! She speaks on her favorite professors and much, much more!

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Proud HBCU Student Barbara Cook of Morgan State University (Class of May 2014) | Image Credit: Barbara Cook

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Growing up as a military brat I’ve attended various schools across the country. The majority of my academic career I attended schools that were majority white. In essence, I never felt comfortable at these schools and I felt as if the curriculum was not fulfilling in its teaching of black history and in making students of color feel validated.

Also, my upbringing in Birmingham, AL influenced my choice to attend Morgan. I wanted to reconnect with the rich history of my hometown and I knew that Morgan State had a rich legacy that I wanted to become apart of.

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

I grew up in Birmingham, AL . When my mother went to college she attended Tuskegee University. Every year me and my siblings would go with her to homecoming events. It always was amazing to me to be surrounded by not only great food and loving play “uncles and aunties” who were my moms classmates but also great black doctors, lawyers, engineers, activists etc.

I learned early on that HBCUs were incubators of leadership and empowerment for black people. I knew that HBCUs not only encouraged scholarship but encouraged the building of true community. As the saying goes “it takes a village…” As I concluded my education at Morgan State I realize that I wouldn’t have made it this far without the love, care and discipline of my classmates, professors and Morgan family.

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

Scholarship

Feel free to elaborate…

I always say that I didn’t choose Morgan but Morgan chose me. I was accepted into 5 schools including Morgan. Originally, I was going to attend Roberts Wesleyan College in New York but when my family relocated to Maryland the summer of 2010 my father wanted me to stay close to home for my first year of school.

In a last minute scramble I got all of my information to Morgan and hoped and prayed that it wasn’t too late for me to actually get in. Needless to say today I am in my Senior year and I appreciate every moment of my time at Morgan State. I believe my education both in and out of the classroom has shaped me into a proud black woman who is ready to “grow the future and lead the world”.

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?

One professor that has had an impact on me is my world history professor Mr. Clarence Davis. He is a Morgan Alumni and he would tell us stories about the “old morgan” from sit-ins and protests organized by the students to where they used to party during homecoming.

He really gave me an appreciation for Morgan as an institution and also an appreciation for the sacrifices our elders have made.

What is your major? Why did you choose it?

My major is Sociology. I chose it because Ive always been interested in the social sciences and for me sociology is the perfect blend of psychology and social work. I absolutely love it!

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

The best thing that I’ve done was to use my resources. I go at least 3 times per semester to the career center on campus to get updates on postings of jobs and internships. Ive also taken the time to create professional relationships and develop mentorships with my professors. I learned that eventually they will no longer be my professors but they will be my colleagues.

Where is the “yard” located?

We call is the “quad” its right in the center of the major academic buildings. An easy identifier would be that its right in from of the Fredrick Douglas statue.

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

Ha! They say that this Alumni house that is behind our admissions building is haunted but I’m not sure I believe it.

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

I say you aren’t a true Morganite unless you eat at Sunny’s! Its located in Northwood plaza and my favorite meal is a 3 piece honey wing with western fries and a half & half.

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’ve experienced many firsts during college. First love, my first house party and other things. But I would say that being at school was my first time really living on my own. At college it is your responsibility to do everything for yourself. Theres no one to do your laundry, cook your food or wake you up for classes. College life has help me to find greater independence.

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

I would say get your application in as early as possible and if you can go away from home for college ,being on your own will help you to grow and prepare you for the real world. Its definitely a unique experience.

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

I am a member of MSU S.O.U.L which is Morgan State’s gay-straight alliance. Our group looks to create a safe space for LGBTQIA students.

I also pledged Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship Inc. in Spring of 2012. We are a community service based organization looking to empower black womanhood and support the movement of black people . We are sisters with interest never gone who promote higher intelligence and support women in need of growth.

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

Value yourself, your family, your community. In order for us as black people to move forward we must realize that if one is not free then we all aren’t free. “I am because we are , because we are therefore I am”.

More questions about Morgan State? Need help completing your college application? Reach out to Barbara!

Email: Bacoo1@morgan.edu
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31st Jul2013

Tiona Blyden – Morgan State University ’11

by Staff

HBCU Advocate, CEO/Sr Publicist at Blyden Multimedia & Consulting, L.L.C. Tiona Blyden shares with us how she came to attend Morgan State University, her high school years, and the influence “A Different World” made in her life.

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Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.

How would you describe your high school experience and environment?

In high school I was an overachiever. I did the morning announcements as a senior, was a member of the step team, and two other organizations for young ladies at the school.

Academically, I did very well. While I only gave about 70% effort, I graduated at the top ten percent of my class and graduated with two scholarships toward my college education.

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

GPA 3.3; I’m not sure what my SAT scores were, but the scores were pretty good.

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

I began preparing my college applications at the end of my junior year and sent my college applications in at the beginning of senior year.

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Tiona inpsiring and motivating the youth | Image Credit: Tiona Blyden

How did you first learn about HBCUs?

There was a College Bound Representative at my school, Ms. Bajar. She made sure that we understood the difference between HBCUs, Universities and College.

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 College Bound Representative was very knowledgeable. She even went as far as allowing us to go on free trips to visit schools around Maryland.

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

I felt that it was very important for me to be around students, professors and administrators who understood what it was like to be in my shoes and who could offer me suggestions to make my experience memorable.

Which HBCU did you decide to attend? And why?

I decided to attend Morgan State University because when I was 5-years-old my cousin Nicole took me on campus and I fell in love with campus life. As a young adult, I also watched “A Different World” which supported my need for the HBCU experience.

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

I originally chose Political Science as a major because people told me that I should be a lawyer because I liked to talk. Then I changed my major to Psychology because I was always interested in the way that the mind worked and always enjoyed counseling people. Finally, I changed my major to Telecommunications and I loved it! I could speak, write, talk; some of my favorite things to do.

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

Choose a career and major based on your natural talents. It will save you lots of time, agony and disappointment. Making a living doing what you love is the best reward of all.

Questions about completing a college application? Or applying to Morgan State University? Extend your hand in respectful friendship to Coach Tiona and her company!

Tiona Blyden Morgan State University

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18th Jul2013

Giovanni Pierre – Coppin State Univ. ’16

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[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]From historical Long Island, New York, Giovanni Pierre, a future nurse shares with us his HBCU Experience at both Morgan State University and Coppin State University.[/dropshadowbox]

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

I am from Long Island, New York and I was introduced to HBCU’s from going online and it just coming to me as a surprise. The only HBCU I knew about at the time was Howard University.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a PWI because I was surrounded my Caucasians all my life and I wanted to be around other African American people who are going for the same thing I am going for, a degree.

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

I recently was a student at Morgan State University, I transferred to Coppin State University because I felt as if it was a much better option, it is way more affordable, it’s a nice campus and they are known for the major I am going for, Nursing.

What professors at Coppin State University 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?

I love French so the professor that gave me the most impression was my French professor, Madame Poirier. She is such a wonderful and passionate professor, she always let me know how much of a good student I am and how I will go far and I really do appreciate that. French is now my minor.

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

Coppin is known for producing the majority of African American nurses in the state of Maryland and it is known for it’s alumni and it being an affordable institution with wonderful education and a beautiful campus.

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

If not in your dorm, you can go to the library or Grace Jacobs building maybe. Lol.

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

The Austin Grill is great when you don’t want to eat the cafeteria food. Everything on it is good.

Who is your College crush?

My college crush is now my boyfriend. 🙂

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I got to know some people on Facebook before actually entering the university so I could know some people getting into the school.

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

My major is nursing and I chose it because I always had a passion for helping people and just being in the health care field.

What to date has been your proudest moment @ Coppin State University?

My proudest moment is when I transferred from Morgan to Coppin State and have my grades increase drastically and meeting wonderful people.

What to date has been your saddest moment @ Coppin State University?

The saddest moment is when I found out I had to leave Morgan State because it was too expensive and I could not afford it.

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

I am not pledging, it is just not something I have been interested in.

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

I have just been there for a semester but when I get back, I may join the SGA.

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.)

My first job interview was during the time I was in college, first time getting an A, my first love was in college and my first heartbreak.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Giovanni we thank you for your time and hope that readers took heed to all of the wisdom you shared.[/dropshadowbox]

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15th Apr2013

Best professors at UMES with @cmansfield27

by Staff

We had the opportunity to chat with University of Maryland at Eastern Shore Alumnae and present-day Communications Executive Chevonne Mansfield; and she was kind enough to share with us the best professors teaching at UMES when she was a student. And they are:

Dr. Mosley

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Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Program

Dr. Mosleys’  book review on “Counter-Colonial Criminology: A Critique of Imperialist Reason” by Biko Agozino

Dr. Talley

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Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Services
Acting Dean of the School of Health Professions

Dr. Brockett

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A Former professor now a CEO and Executive Director of SeaBrock Institute

What students over at RateMyProfessor.com had to say about Dr. Brockett:

“Very confident professor, extremely impressive delivery of material. Her presentation makes you want to learn. She makes you proud to be attending a HBCU.”

“I love Dr. Brockett…she is fun and she help me to over come my fears and focus on positive attitude towards learning. She is one of the best professors at UMES!”

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