24th Dec2013

Agnes Allen-McLean – Fayetteville State University ’02

by Staff

Agnes Allen-McLean of Fayetteville State University (Class of ’02) speaks on her journey to FSU, those professors that positively impacted her life, the true HBCU Experience and much, much more!

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Proud HBCU Alum, Agnes Allen-McLean of Fayetteville State University (c/o ’02) | Image Credit: Agnes Allen McLean

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

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York. I first heard about HBCU’s from family members and hearing them talk about them as a child. Later on I heard about them from other folks and I decided to check them out on my own.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

The first college I went to was a pwi. I decided to go to an HBCU to see what the cultural differences were, and to see the difference between the educational curricula.

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

I decided to become a student at my HBCU because it was a smaller school and I wanted a different experience.

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

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Associate Professor, Dr. Brooksie Harrington of FSU | Image Credit: uncfsu.edu

Dr. Brooksie Harrington (English 101/African-American Literature). He is such a caring educator, and very knowledgeable about literature.

He is also very passionate about teaching his students. I learned a lot in his classes. I still see him from time to time on campus during Homecoming and other events.

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

My HBCU is still lauded as an outstanding and upstanding institution of higher learning. It still has a “family” atmosphere and is a close-knit campus. Also, the professors and staff are caring towards students.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

It taught me how to work with people from other cultures and backgrounds. Having the ability to meet and get to know others from various countries and nations was a great experience.

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

It taught me to love English literature even more–which lead to me becoming an English teacher.

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

There are too many to name–LOL.

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

There weren’t too many near campus, but we did have a lot of restaurants in Fayetteville–Sandpiper’s, Vick’s Drive-In, etc.

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

“Awwwwwww sit down”, “So glad to be a Bronnnnnncoooo”, “Attituuuuuuuuuude Check….Broncoooooooo Priiiide”

Who was your College crush?

That’s a secret….LOL

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I wasn’t that nervous to go to college because I was ready to be away from home and on my own.

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

English Literature and Secondary Education. I chose it because I love literature, education, and children.

What was your proudest moment @ Fayetteville State University?

My graduation day in May 2002.

What was your saddest moment @ Fayetteville State University?

My graduation day in May 2002.

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

I didn’t pledge because I didn’t think it necessary.

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

I was active with the United Voices of Praise (UVOP) Gospel Choir. I was a member and officer for 3 years.

Where was the “yard” located?

In the quad area in front of Hood Hall.

What and where were the historical places on campus?

The Greek plots, the Nick Gerald’s stadium, Capel Arena.

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

None that I know of.

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

Had a lot of my “firsts” at another college before my HBCU.

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

I would tell them “thank you” for instilling in me the will and drive to go to college and finish college. It wasn’t easy but it was well worth it to go.

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

Enjoy your college experience, those days will be some of the best days of your life.

What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into womanhood?

Finishing college and moving on away from North Carolina.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I discovered my passion years ago as a child, when I discovered my love of reading.

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

I didn’t have any.

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

Take your time in choosing the colleges you want to apply for.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

I try to remember that everyone wasn’t raised as I was. Racism is something that will eventually die out (hopefully), and we will just have to continue progressing as a hueman race and move forward positively.

What’s your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

Life may be complicated, but it is a beautiful gift.

Questions about FSU? Having trouble completing your application? Respectfully contact Agnes!

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23rd Dec2013

Jonathon Gambrell – Livingstone College ’15

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Jonathon Gambrell speaks on his legendary HBCU Experience thus far at Livingstone College (Class of 2015) and why he chose and stayed with his HBCU!

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Jonathon Gambrell (Mr. Livingstone 2013-14), a proud student at Livingstone College (Class of 2015) | Image Credit: Jonathon Gambrell

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

High school for me was a struggle. One of my best friends attended the school and told me how well she was doing there. I applied in the spring of 2011 and got accepted for fall 2011 admission. My HBCU has helped me find myself and what I am truly capable of doing.

I have maintained a cumulative grade point of 3.5 all three years thus far. I was going to transfer to a PWI but I didn’t want to risk my grades dropping not knowing how well I was going to do at another school.

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

Well I am from Hope Mills, NC. The movie “Drumline” introduced me to HBCU’s. I always heard my parents talk about North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University and Clark Atlanta University and always gave it the best impression that they were the best HBCU’s in the land. I ended up doing my research and fell in love with the history itself.

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

Scholarship

Feel free to elaborate…

My HBCU is a private institution and because it is not a state funded school we are limited to funds. My GPA helped me out a lot for helping me get scholarships my freshmen year. I didn’t apply for any scholarships. God just knew I needed money for school and found a way. I was awarded 3 scholarships!

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

All my professors I’ve had since my freshman year have impacted me to do my best work at all times. I can’t single one out because they are the reason why I’m so passionate about my education. As a future educator, I see the light to being successful and role model to my students.

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

It’s what you make it. I have came across a lot of opportunities thus far. Deep in my heart I love my HBCU and will continue to give them praise because this college gave me a chance to attend college and I am making it’s forefathers proud with all that I have accomplished thus far.

What is your major? Why did you choose it?

Early Childhood Education. Growing up I didn’t like school at all and I saw how kids around me struggled in the early stages of their lives. I want to be the foundation for the children going into Kindergarten that they are a step ahead of the game.

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

Once I graduate from Livingstone College, Rowan county public school systems guarantees a job for Livingstone College graduates to teach in their desired field.

Due to the field experiences, observations and student teaching it helps provide a confidence booster to be ready for the workforce.

How does your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

Well being that I am a education major I have to deal with a diverse group of people everyday. My professors are showing me how to approach and speak to others daily. Working with the children, co-workers and even the parents prepares me to be ready for any job that I plan on applying for in the years to come because of the experience I have under my belt.

Where is the “yard” located?

701 West Monroe St
Salisbury, NC
28144

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

There are a lot of historical places on our campus. The Andrew Carnegie Library is one of the school’s most prized possessions.

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

Tokyo express. My favorite dish would have to be hibachi steak and shrimp along with rice and pink lemonade on the side. I love Japanese food!

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.)

Well my first love experience happened my freshman year. I just thought it was the best friendship/relationship ever until I found out that person wasn’t being completely honest. I forgave them but I just can’t trust that person the same way ever again. We’re still friends ’til this day.

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

Don’t be discouraged because you may not meet all of the criteria needed for that school. It doesn’t hurt to apply. Take the SAT or ACT more than once. Be heavily involved with events on campus and in your community. Don’t apply to a school just because that school may be the “party” school, there may be a better school out there awaiting you and just haven’t found it yet.

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

Well I have been apart of the Livingstone College Men’s XC/Track and Field team for the past 3 years and we participate in The United Way: Day of Caring, Habitat for Humanity and campus cleanup.

Giving back to the community and the people before us made it possible for us to live here and start businesses. Service is something I just love to do, if I can impact someone’s life then half of my job as a leader is complete.

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

Some of the little decisions you make bring about big results. Continue to defy the odds and show the world that you are capable of being the best qualified candidate you can be.

Questions about Livingstone? Completing your college application? Contact Jonathon!

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13th Nov2013

Shon Clark – Winston-Salem State University ’13

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Shon Clark takes us on a great journey about her triumphant years at Winston Salem State University.

From her favorite professor, to advice for high school kids, to the legacy of HBCU graduates in her family. There is much to enjoy  and keep with you as you live life. So read and take heed!

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Shon Clark proudly representing Winston-Salem State University | Image Credit: Shon Clark

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I choose a HBCU over a pwi because of the college experience… Football classics, homecoming , home Style cafe food etc. WSSU is a small HBCU.

I love the environment at WSSU the student professor ratio is small as well I can get that one on one help with a professor.

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

I’m from Roanoke Rapids NC (Country girl). My mom always encouraged us to go to college and education is key… She a graduate of Elizabeth City State University

Which professors at Winston-Salem State University left the most impression upon your academic and personal life?

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Show some love for Winston-Salem State University!! | Image Credit: Shon Clark

I became a student at WSSU by transferring from ECSU back in 2009… As a transfer student WSSU welcomed me with open arms.

Which professors at Winston-Salem State University left the most impression upon your academic and personal life?

The professors that had the most impression for me was Professor Cole Russing. My major was Mass Communication.  He really cares about the students there, he was the best in the department … He wrote me several of letters of recommendation for grad school.

What is the story of your “HBCU experience” at Winston-Salem State University?

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Become part of the WSSU Family! | Image Credit: Shon Clark

Overall my college experience was great … Of course I miss it… That’s why I try to come back for homecoming to see family, friends, old professor etc… WSSU motto is ” a Enter to learn, Depart to Serve” and that’s what I’m doing excited about the next phase of my life.

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Shon Clark at her graduation ceremony!! | Image Credit: Shon Clark

Also I graduated with honors with a 3.3 Cum Laude.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

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Shon Clark on Rams TV! | Image Credit: Shon Clark

My university prepared me well for the workplace … Back in school WSSU would have career fairs, grad school fairs, etc. Also mock interviews.

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

Well definitely networking and give internship opportunities

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

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Shon Clark holding her 2013 RAMS Girls Rock Award | Image Credit: Shon Clark

My major was Mass Communications I love media … Because it’s make me happy my ultimate goal is to have my own production company in the future

How did you overcome your nervousness that first year?

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Shon taking part in a ceremony at WSSU | Image Credit: Shon Clark

Umm I got involved with campus organizations and started doing Community service.

What were the chants heard most often at sporting events?

The chants are “so hard to be a RAM” and “WSSU”

Best restaurants at or near campus?

Umm def Bojangles and Burger King McDonald lol fast food … We love Bojangles. We will get them 5 dollars meals lol

College crush?

I saw a lot eye candy at WSSU lol

Where were the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle?

To answers the first question my room lol I’m very private about my relationship or love life lol

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

I was both active in high school and college … I played sports in high school … In college I took a different approach lol I didn’t play sports something I kinda regret.

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

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Get out of your comfort zone and LIVE!! Embrace life!! | Image Credit: Shon Clark

The advice I would give high school students don’t be nervous about college def get out of your Comfort zone and try a HBCU… Where I’m from …Roanoke rapids nc the kids don’t get out and experience culture events

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

I want to be a role model for these kids and lets them know you can do it… I’m from a small small town and I did it!!!

 Questions about the WSSU Experience or applying to college? Respectfully contact Shon!

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12th Nov2013

Terail LeSane – Fayetteville State University

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Terail LeSane speaks on why he chose Fayetteville State University and shares with us his favorite professors.

Why did you choose Fayetteville State University?

“I chose FSU because I needed an online program plus, I’ve always wanted to go to an HBCU FSU was perfect for me.”

Favorite professors at Fayetteville State University?

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Dr. Roger Yao Klomegah | Image Credit: uncfsu.edu

Roger Klomegah

What did Professor Klomegah do that left a lasting impression on you as a student and a person?

“He was brutally honest, he pulled no punches. Which I appreciated. He was also compassionate & understanding. Not many people could be understanding & compassionate without being a pushover. He is definitely a class act.”

These responses have been posted with the permission of Terail LeSane.

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10th Nov2013

Jamie Patterson – North Carolina Central University (NCCU) 2000 & 2002

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You are about to enjoy a great journey as Jamie Patterson shares his HBCU Experience at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Take heed to the wisdom in his words!

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Jamie Patterson, Proud Alum of North Carolina Central University NCCU | Image Credit: Jamie Patterson

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

I’m from Red Springs, NC. HBCU’s are a huge part of our culture in Southern NC. North Carolina has the most HBCU’s in the country.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

NCCU is one of my family schools. 2 of my Uncles, my sister and I attended NCCU. So, it was at the top of my list.

How did you decide to become a student at North Carolina Central University (NCCU)?

I really wanted to come to Durham, because I had family and my uncle gave me the grand tour and I liked the school.

What professors at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

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Dr. Robert E Stiefvater | Image Credit: nccu.edu

At NCCU, it was really “hands on” with the professors. They were always available for consultation. Dr. Rob Stifvater was the professor that helped me in undergrad and put me into graduate school.

He helped me see that I was smart and could do the graduate level work.

What is the story of your “experience” to date at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Well, NCCU is known for the “Female to Male ratio” and that’s all I needed to hear. In my era, from 1995 – 2002, it was 17 females to 1 male.

I’ll take those odds everyday and I did. That fact alone will make any institution heralded.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

I can’t say that it did. I learned diversity in the Boy Scouts, being one of a small group of Eagle Scouts.

At NCCU, we’re pretty much all black, so the chance to see “diversity” amongst the student body, really doesn’t exist.

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

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“The “Career Services” staff certainly helped me achieve a dream…” | Image Credit: Jamie Patterson

The “Career Services” staff certainly helped me achieve a dream of coaching basketball and getting paid to do so.

I found internship opportunities through different groups and that helped me transition into better career decisions.

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

We had co-ed visitation, so our dorm rooms would be the spot to cuddle. If you had a car, you can take your lady out to eat.

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

There were some spots around the 2 different malls in Durham, but, to date, no real good restaurants are close to NCCU.

At those restaurants I did frequent, it was normally a steak dinner that I enjoyed.

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

Normally, it’s held out version of NCCU.

Nnnnnn
Cccccc
CCCCCC
U!

Who was your College crush?

I had too many, but let me attempt to list who I can remember.

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The one and only epitome of beauty, Bronzwyn Hunt | Image Credit: MeetUp.com

*Bronzwyn Hunt, even the girl’s name is amazing!
*Salimah El-Amin
*Sharla Evans
*Monica Boone
*Charlene Flowers

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I was never nervous. The plan was to get out of Red Springs and the most natural step was college.

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

Sports Management. I love athletics and wanted to be involved in sports.

What was your proudest moment @ North Carolina Central University (NCCU)?

Pledging Omega Psi Phi.

The mighTY Tau Psi Chapter.

#1 – FALL 1998 – The Notori9us

What was your saddest moment @ North Carolina Central University (NCCU)?

I can’t say that I really had a “sad” moment. Breaking up with old girlfriends was sad, but only for a moment.

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

*THEE Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

*Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity, Inc.

I pledged them both because I wanted to be apart of their legacies, impact campus life, and since I was younger, I knew I wanted to be one of the “purple guys”.

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

I was super active on campus. I was in each group I could get in.

Phi Beta Lambda
Omega Psi Phi
P.E.R.M.A.
Worship and Praise Inspirational Mass Choir

Where was the “yard” located?

Really at the Greek Plots and the street in front of the student union.

What and where were the historical places on campus?

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Statue of Dr. James E. Shepard | Image Credit: BlackPast.org

The Victory Bell, The James E. Shepard Statue, The Art Gallery, The Library bowl.

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

The story goes that the Dr. Shepard statue will drop his books if a virgin graduates from NCCU.

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

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“First Love” Tajuana Greene | Image Credit: MeetUp.com

I had quite a few “firsts”. My first love was Tajuana Greene. My first roadtrip was Freaknik 1995.

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

Get your higher education, but more importantly, be ACTIVE at your university. Knowledge is a small part of the equation. People knowing YOU and YOU knowing different people will be the best part.

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

Attend any 4-year institution for the worth of your life. It is all about exposure and college will give so much worth to your life.

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

Pledging Omega. That process is not for little boys.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I was very lucky. A friend of mines from Duke University started a t-shirt company and asked me to be a part of it. That was in July 2004 and we’ve never looked back.

That passion is “business”. I can recognize a good deal. I understand what being fair is, and people know us for doing “good business”.

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

Football, Basketball, Track, Chorus, SGA, Boy Scouts, and Band.

I am a natural athlete and always wanted to go on trips. It was a perfect fit.

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

*PUT YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR TO WORK!!! Don’t allow them to walk around looking busy and NOT work for you.

*Look for scholarships wherever you can find them.
*Start looking at schools as a High School Freshman.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

Laugh. How are you still insecure about race in 2013?

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

If you can remember that we’re on a blue rock floating through the sky…everything else is bullshit.

I enjoy my station in life. Everything, to me, is about timing and right now, it’s pretty sweet to be alive.

Questions about NCCU? Completing your college application? Reach out to Jamie today!

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03rd Nov2013

Jocelyn Chavis – Shaw University 2005

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Jocelyn Chavis, Owner of the The J Agency Media Group and Proud Shaw University Alum. happily shares with us her HBCU Experience, advice to high school students, her favorite professors, and much, much more! Take heed!

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The Epitome of Wisdom and Beauty | Image Credit: Cobi Media

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

I’m from Philadelphia, PA. I knew about HBCUs all my life. I come from a household where education was everything.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Funny thing is I started at a PWI and transferred to an HBCU. Although I gained a lot at the PWI. My experience at an HBCU definitely defined who I am today.

How did you decide to become a student at Shaw University?

After attending a PWI I didn’t feel nurtured at all. I had received a HBCU guide that Ebony Magazine produced and something about Shaw University stood out to me. So I applied.

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

Ms. Lowe my Mass Communications teacher was EVERYTHING. She was a petite woman but carried a mean punch. I had her at 8 am and she would not let you in the door at 8:01. She taught us professionalism early on in the game and it’s carried me so far in life. I appreciate her so much for that. Her expectations were high so you aimed higher to get the best results.

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

First and foremost I am a graduate of Shaw University the oldest HBCU in the South.

From us came many.

When I got to that school I was not impressed but when I met the people it was a feeling that you get when you are with family. I served in so many roles from Miss UNCF, Pre-Alumni Council, Student Development Leader, radio, and newspaper. As with anything it’s all in what you make it.

How did Shaw University prepare you for a diverse workplace?

I think that experience taught me I was walking in with 2 strikes I am a woman and black. I had to do more than my white counterparts to even be considered on even playing field.

How did Shaw University help you to transition into your careers workforce?

The good thing for me is I interned at a radio station and I worked for the television station while in school. I had a plan and took the books to get me in the door but my drive kept me in the building.

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

LOL! Now Shaw University is a Baptist college so when I got the acceptance letter there was also a list of things you won’t be doing and public affection was one of them. However there was the “Yard” which is now called the “Quad” and if you were grown like me I had an apartment.

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

Now Shaw is in the heart of the city. So we had McDonald’s for a quick bite, Larry’s down the street for some soul food (above), and Angelo’s for Italian food. But my favorite was Greenshields they brewed their own beer but I went for the fish.

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

Shaw U Motherf-a! (I know so in appropriate) or Shaw U Hey and F-K St. Aug. LOL

Who was your College crush?

LOL too many to name. But my main crush became my oldest daughter’s father. Shout out to Jay aka Hov.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I was never nervous about going. When I graduated from high school I was packed and ready to hit it. I think because I went on a recruitment trip I couldn’t wait to get back to that life.

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

My major was Mass Communications and English. I picked that major because I always wanted to work in the entertainment field in some capacity. English because I enjoyed writing.

What was your proudest moment @ Shaw University?

Walking across that stage at graduation having my parents front and center and my baby girl. Yes I got pregnant in college and I finished. It might not have been with my class but I still walked and loved every moment.

What was your saddest moment @Shaw University?

It’s something I never really talk about but not being able to finish a process I started.

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

The organization got suspended and did not return until about 4 years ago. Linked to my saddest moment.

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

This was answered in a previous question.

Where was the “yard” located?

Shaw is a small campus so it was located in the center of the campus in between the old dorms and cafeteria.

What and where were the historical places on campus?

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Historic Estey Hall; Image Credit: wikimedia.org

Estey Hall was located across the bridge. Shaw is filled with history.

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

Not that I was aware of.

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

I got to Shaw pretty well rounded. I did get my first car thanks to that good refund check 🙂

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

My grandmothers had both passed on years before but I would have to say look we can add another college graduate to the legacy. I would thank them for their strength and the blood line for me to carry on.

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

College is all about what you make it. If you stay in your room all day and sleep you will miss out on so many opportunities to meet some awesome people who you will need in the future.

What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into womanhood?

Jocelyn Chavis - Shaw University 2005 2

Live your life to the fullest! | Image Credit: Cobi Media

I just had the revelation sitting at my laptop and realized I’m not a kid anymore. I’m married with 2 children. A business owner, a mortgage and real deal bills. I’m such a woman.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I never knew how alive I could feel until I sat behind the boards at a radio station and was doing my thing. I work in education currently and it just doesn’t give me that same zest. So I started my company The J Agency in order to keep my communication chops fresh.

My love for communications and education has lead me to joint ventures. The J Agency Media Group and a non-profit, Motivating Others to Reach Excellence Through Education (M.O.R.E).

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

I was in everything Drill team, photography, Student Government. Pick something. I learned early on in the game to get involved. When you do you have power to get your voice heard.

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

To apply to schools you really have no interest in attending. Do what feels right for what you want to do.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

Going to school in the south I was called a nigger by a group of white men. It didn’t bother me. The not so in your face racism is what hurt me the most. It’s the people in the office that make backhanded compliments or subtleties that bother me.

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

I’d rather fail than to never have tried.

Questions about HBCU Life? Transitioning from high school to campus living? Respectfully contact Jocelyn!

Social Networking Links (separate with commas): @jocebrownsugar, @JAgencyInc, FB: Jocelyn Noelle
Email Address: jocelyn@j-agency.com
Your Company: The J Agency Media Group

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14th Sep2013

North Carolina A&T State University Campus Pictures

by Staff

We had the honour of taking a tour of the North Carolina A&T State University Campus and we wanted to share the beautiful images with you.

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