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?

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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?

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“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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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.”

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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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27th Mar2016

Aliyah Sellars – Alabama State University – 2018

by Staff

“I’m currently a Sophomore at The Illustrious Alabama State University and so far my college career has been great.”

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Aliyah Sellars of Alabama State University, Class of 2018|Image Credit: Aliyah Sellars

 Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

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Fort Lauderdale Native, Aliyah Sellars of Alabama State University, c/o 2018|Image Credit: Aliyah Sellars

I’m from Ft. Lauderdale FL. At a young age my parents always stressed the importance of education. I frequently visited different colleges whenever we would travel to different states growing up.

The first school I visited in fact was an HBCU. It was Bethune Cookman, and as a child that was my dream university. When I was there one of my mother’s former students took me on a private tour and I felt like a mini grown up walking around with her on campus.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Originally I didn’t have a preference of what kind of school I went to. My parents both went to college and graduated. My father went to Wiley College and my mother went to Florida Atlantic University.

I chose an HBCU because each school has a story and so much history behind it. When attending an HBCU you become part of a family. The faculty and staff look after you as if you are their own. At a HBCU you have the opportunity to be more than just a number if you choose to.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I chose to be a Political Science major because of my interest in social sciences and politics so this major had the best of both worlds.

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

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Aliyah Sellars at her first home game at Alabama State University | Image Credit: Aliyah Sellars

I’m currently a Sophomore at The Illustrious Alabama State University and so far my college career has been great. When I first arrived I was nervous being that I was so far from home but once I got settled in I joined freshman organizations like SGA Street Team which led me to branch out and meet new people and join other campus organizations as well.

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

All of my professors so far have impacted my college career. They inform me of all outside opportunities possible and encourage me to apply for internships and extra scholarships, especially ones that pertain to my major.

Questions about Alabama State? Respectfully ask Aliyah! 

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20th Dec2013

Constance Harvey – Tougaloo College ’00

by Staff

Successful and a 6th generation Tougalooian, Constance Harvey shares with us why she chose an HBCU over a pwi, why she specifically chose a legendary college like Tougaloo College, and much more

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HBCU Alum, Constance Harvey, a proud graduate of Tougaloo College ’00 | Image Credit: Constance Harvey

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

Forest, MS. I am a 6th generation Tougalooian!

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I love the family feel.

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

I followed in my Mother’s footsteps.

What professors at Tougaloo College 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?

Dr. Olabode always told me that he expected so much out of me because I was somebody. This really comforted me because I was such a shy person. I always do my best and are comforted with his confidence in anything I ever do.

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

Tougaloo College provided me a gentle and accountable well rounded education. The lessons I learned like always keeping copies of important documents and always speaking to someone that you pass are still with me today!

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

I was fortunate to participate in our Tougaloo/Brown University Exchange Program and I subsequently became super confident, made lots of friends, did exceptional in my classes and ended up attending Roger Williams Law School in RI until 911 happened!

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

I gathered all the tools I needed to be the best, never settle for less, be a team player and never take “no” for an answer.

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

The Co-op!

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

Papa Johns and bumpers! Loved chilli cheese fries and Papa Johns pizza and wings on Hwy. 15,

Who was your College crush?

aced

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

Read books and socialized!

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

Political Science, Pre-law and Journalism because I wanted to be an international atty.

What was your proudest moment @ Tougaloo College?

Graduation

What was your saddest moment @Tougaloo College?

When a friend transferred to Rust!

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

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Constance Harvey, proud Devastating Diva of DST | Image Credit: Constance Harvey

Delta Sigma Theta because I am a legacy and the public service drives were awesome!

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

Law clubs and DST!

What and where were the historical places on campus?

The Brownlee Gym and Woodworth Chapel.

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

No

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.)

First f!

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

Thank you for your investment to make this world better for me.

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

Enjoy yourself but leave the college in better shape that you found it!

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

Passing classes with Grade A!

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

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Read the Passion Driven Life by Louis F. Vargas | Image Credit: Barnes and Noble

After Law school I read The Passion Driven Life!

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

Basketball, Madrigals, Chorale, Band and Girl Scouts to socialize and make friends.

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

Be grateful and dream!

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

Shake my head and call on Jesus!

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

We all are dealt cards. It is up to us to be grateful, play them wisely and to stayed prayed up in advance.

Questions about finding your passion in life? About completing your college application? Respectfully contact Constance!

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Website(s): Theoliviagroup.net
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18th Nov2013

Chari-Elyse Lawrence – Spelman College, 2008

by Staff

Chari-Elyse Lawrence, a proud graduate of Spelman College (c/o ’08) takes us on a wonderful journey during her Spelman years. Take heed and enjoy her words of wisdom.

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Chari-Elyse Lawrence, a proud graduate of Spelman College | Image Credit: Chari-Elyse Lawrence

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

I was born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. My first introduction to Historically Black Colleges and Universities was probably through my parents.

As a child, I remember attending Jackson State and Southern University’s Football Games. Further, on our annual trip to the Nation’s Capitol, my parents would always take me and my brother to Howard University’s Campus. Both of my parents had attended and/or graduated from a HBCU. My mother went to Jackson State for a year and then my father went to law school at Howard.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Honestly, I choose to attend an HBCU because there were so many influential icons, who attended these schools and later went on to make a difference in American History. Therefore, I too wanted to walk in the paths that were laid out for me and hope to impact my community and the future generations.

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

Confession, I only applied to HBCUs when I decided to go to college. I had no desire to attend a pwi. I chose Spelman College, specifically, because I wanted to be around Black Women who would challenge me at the same time as they would empower me. I knew that I was a bright young girl, however, growing up in my public school district, it was hard for me to connect with those who didn’t crave to learn as much as possible.

What professors at Spelman College 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?

At Spelman, I enjoyed all of my professors but there were probably three professors who had the biggest impact on my future. They are political science professors, Dr. Marilyn Davis (a proud Hampton Univ. Alum) and Dr. Hashim Gibrill (CAU professor who was adjunct at Spelman).

In addition, my psychology professor Dr. Christine Harrell. They were just amazing mentors and teachers. They made you aware of what was going on in the world and eager to learn any and everything. I can say that Dr. Davis, always emphasized that we must not forget where we came from.

With that she encouraged all of her students that at some point in their life we needed to come back and teach at HBCUs. She stressed that no one can teach us better than we can. With being told that by Dr. Davis, at some point in my life I have a goal to give back to my community and to become a professor.

Dr. Gibrill, actually encouraged me to study abroad in England and I did a summer semester in 2007 at the number 3 political science school in the world, London School of Economics and Political Science. Nevertheless, Dr. Harrell made Psychology such a fun minor that I ended up taking every class that she offered.

She has such a beautiful and welcoming spirit about her that you don’t often find in professors now days. She was definitely like a second mother to me during my time at Spelman.

I greatly appreciate all that they have done for me.

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

Spelman College has so many memories and stories. Just being able to attend was an experience.

From First year Orientation week, when you wore dresses everyday and bonded with people from your dorms, your region, and your majors.

To eating Fried Chicken on Wednesday with your friends and hearing the music from Market Fridays as your sitting in your last class of the day. It was just a great experience to be a Leader, an Ambassador, and a student recruiter for the college.

In addition, having to attended weekly convocations, where you were constantly being exposed to things that effect women, our community and our culture. But the greatest experience while attending Spelman, would possibly be the moment when you march around “The Oval” and you are finally able to walk through the historical Alumnae Arch and right then you know that you have officially made it and you are graduating and given your first Alumnae Pin.

That was the best experience to share with your friends, your sorors, and other Alums.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

I don’t think I ever noticed while attending an HBCU that I was only surrounded by blacks, because you had professors from all over the world. After College I attended a pwi Law School (OLE MISS) and I would always get the question, well is it hard to adjust from Spelman to Ole Miss. And I would say yes, it is, I have never attended a school where Football was GOD. So I never had a diversity issue or shock.

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

By attending Spelman, every girl was going somewhere, either you were applying for a Fulbright Scholarship, headed to Wall Street, doing Teach For America, going to Law School, Grad School, or Medical School.

Therefore, by being surrounded by these types of women, everyone knew that they were about to take a next step but they wouldn’t be alone, they would have a group of Spelman Sisters who were in the same boat as them.

Further, by attending an HBCU it helped in your transition to the workforce because there are other HBCU alums that may be in your division or section, therefore possibly building a friendship and a broader network.

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

The Spelhouse hangout was the Stoop between Morehouse and Spelman. Further, freshman year a lot of kids use to go to Club Woody (the library nickname on CAU campus) and hangout there but I never went.

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

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Smothered Pork Chops, Candied Yams, Mac & Chz, Greens | Image Credit: Yelp; Alexis J.

Hands down my favorite restaurants Campus was either Busy Bees ( a soul-food restaurant) and this little smokehouse rib shack across from Morehouse’s Forbes Arena. At Busy Beez, I always got the smothered chicken, with greens, mash potatoes and gravy and friend okra. And at The little unknown smokehouse rib shack, I always got rib tips and white bread.. and I would sneak that into the basketball games and eat it. hahaha

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

Tiger Rumble & Papa was a Rolling Stone

Who was your College crush?

Freshman year, I attended my first Alpha Rho (APhiA) probate and fell head over heels in like with a Bay Area Dude, who had amazing locs. He was and is a creative genius. And ended up being one of my closest friends till this day. We will just call him “The Host.”

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I wasn’t really nervous. I had been to plenty of summer programs where I stayed gone from home for weeks. So even though Spelman was in Atlanta, it was only 6 hours from Hattiesburg. I literally use to fly home every month, so I didn’t have a chance to miss my parents.

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

My major was political science and my minor was psychology. I have grown up around local and state politics and enjoyed that lifestyle. I had always known that I wanted to do some type of work involving the government. And I minored in psychology, because my dad has this fascination that he sees me working for the FBI in the future. And after taking one class, I really enjoyed the material and fell in love with the faculty.

What was your proudest moment @ Spelman College ?

My proudest moment at my HBCU was when I graduated with Honors and everyone was shocked, because let’s just say I had a ball during my last two years in college. And I was named the person who was most likely to become a socialite, and you would want to party with. haha

What was your saddest moment @ Spelman College ?

Saddest moment, was the day of graduation, because this was the last time that all of my friends and classmates would be together as the Class of 2008.

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

I pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. “Sweet” Mu Pi Chapter. I have always been surround by powerful AKA’s while growing up in Hattiesburg. I was a part of the Ivy Pearls (men-tee organization by the Grad Chapter in Hattiesburg), further I was Ms. Pink Cotillion 2004, and I worked at the Leap Frog Summer Academy that they held annually.

Let’s just say I have been surrounded by AKA my whole life, from my Mother Shirley Lawrence, my dad’s law partner Hon. Deborah Gambrell, and my brother’s best friend Carol Jones-Russell.

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

As previously mentioned I was an AKA campus, I was in a volunteer organizations -SKIRTS, I was an ambassador, I was an orientation leader, I was a member of the Poli Sci and Psych Clubs. I was pretty busy as an undergrad, but I made it work.

Where was the “yard” located?

The Spelman Yard, would be lower Manley, that is where everyone hung out at. It was our HUB.

What and where were the historical places on campus?

It’s Spelman… Everything was Historical. But it was great when Sister’s Chapel open up and we were able to attend convocation and host events there.

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

Ghost I am not sure. Creepy Building that give you goosebumps yes. For some reason Giles Hall always seemed very eerie at night.

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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Chari-Elyse Lawrence shares her “first time” experiences at the Great Spelman College | Image Credit: Chari-Elyse Lawrence

Let’s just say there were numerous of first during college, but these are the ones I remember. My first college road trip was to Alabama A&M to see one of my close girlfriends probate for Delta Sigma Theta. I got my first and ONLY C in Science, and I freaked out and called my dad and he say hey your not trying to be a doctor so don’t worry about it. My first time cutting off all my hair happened my sophomore year. My first time using someone else ID to get into a 21 and up party.

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

Thank you for everything you have instilled me and I hope that I make you proud in my life’s journey.

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

Education is the basic foundation that you need in today’s society in order to advance yourself to greatness. And the sky is the limit, you can accomplish anything with hard work and determination.

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

LAW SCHOOL and moving to DC to work on the Hill. That was when reality hit me and I had to struggle like I had never struggled before but I made it through.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I think I am still discovering my passion in life. Life takes your through so many twist and turns and it opens up your eyes to new things.

I have always known I wanted to be a lawyer, and when I first went to law school I knew that I wanted to do corporate law. But after coming and working on the Hill, and later in Civil Rights with Dept of Justice, I know now that I have always wanted to be on the forefront of changing things that impact my family, my community, and my future children.

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

I was a dancer in high school. I was on the dance team for Hattiesburg High, and I also took private lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. I was also apart of the debate team, because of course I was a future lawyer in the making. I also enjoyed playing tennis. And I was a diamond girl for the baseball team.

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

1) apply to schools near and far
2) look at the schools with the best programs for what you want to do
3) if you have the opportunity to go on a college tour definitely go
4) research people that inspire you and see what they have to say about the schools they attended
5) go somewhere that is going to challenge and bring you to your full potential

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

As Blacks we all know that we have to work twice as hard to prove ourselves to America. So when you encounter ignorance from other people, you don’t stoop to their level. Let them be your motivation and the thing that is pushing you to be the best that you can be. So when you look back at this person that you may have encountered you know that they have nothing on you.

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

My Motto is Carpe Diem- Seize the Day. Tomorrow is not promised so every day hit the floor running. Don’t allow your time to be wasted. And By Any Means Necessary do what you have to do to get where you need to go.

Questions about Spelman College? Need help completing your college application? Respectfully contact Chari-Elyse Lawrence!!

Twitter: @C_lawya3
Email Address: celawrencesq@gmail.com
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17th Jun2013

Amanda McCombs – Central State University ’15

by Staff

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

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

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

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

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

I am from Xenia, Ohio.

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

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

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

Felt Like Home

Feel free to elaborate…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the story of your “HBCU experience”?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Where is the “yard” located?

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

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

My whole HBCU is a historical place.

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

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

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

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

National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center central state university

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Terry V. Percy, Esq. – Alabama A&M University

by Staff

C/O 1969

Majors: Social Studies & Political Science

“Make your way by preparing yourself and seizing all opportunities that will contribute to that preparation. Take nothing for granted..”

 

 

 

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

I was fortunate enough to be offered a basketball scholarship to A&M, which was the primary reason for selecting the school.

 

Alabama A&M University defending against Alabama State University Credit: David Campbell/AS
 

 

What professors at Alabama A&M 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?

Professor George McCaleb inspired me the most. His thorough command of the subject matter, his passion and his humorous approach to imparting same.

 

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

I grew up as a man, while there. The Vietnam conflict was in full bloom and a number of my relatives and friends, who were not fortunate enough or who couldn’t afford college, were drafted into that insane war.

 

 

A number of them never returned and those that did were scarred for life in many ways. I got to travel to other states and other HBCU campuses via the basketball team, which broadened my life experience and enhanced the college experience.

 

 

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

On the Hill, behind Grayson Hall.

Grayson Hall on the AAMU Campus Credit: AAMU
 

 

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

A few fast food joints. Hardee’s comes to mind. The Burgers were the raze.

A Glimpse of Hardees in the 60’s
 

 

 

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

Don’t recollect.

 

Who was your College crush?

BJH

 

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

Thinking about my draft board, back in Mississippi.

 

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

Social Studies and Political Science. I was influenced by a high school teach\coach that I wanted to be like.

 

What has been your proudest moment @ YOUR HBCU?

Graduating on time and with Honors!

 

 

What was your saddest moment @YOUR HBCU?

April 1968, when Dr. King was assassinated. We struggled in expressing our sorrow and rage, without getting expelled from school.

 

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

I pledged ALPHA, in a graduate chapter after resuming my professional life in Miami, FL.

 

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

In addition to being a scholarship athlete, I was member of a Social Studies Club, and Dorm Rep. I ran a barber shop in one of the dorms.

 

Where was the “yard” located?

Around the Student Union.

 

 

What and where were the historical places on campus?

The Girls Dorms.

 

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

Nada.

 

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.)

Got to visit 5 states and a dozen college campuses. Got to go to Pontiac, Michigan on a job interview. First visit to that state. Considered joining the Marine Corp as an Officer upon graduation for one nano second.

 

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

Sighs! I followed your advice. I was indeed blessed as you forecasted. Thanks for guiding my steps.

 

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I have a few passions, many of which were revealed while still in high school, and of course during college and later in my professional life.

 

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

As a Baby Boomer, I’m sure I’m a better person because of the experiences, the sacrifices, the injustices, the challenges and ultimately the triumphs we endured. The many things denied to us, strengthened us immensely.

 

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

Make your way by preparing yourself and seizing all opportunities that will contribute to that preparation. Take nothing for granted..

 

Nubian King and Elder Terry V. Percy, Senior – we thank you for sharing the importance of the impact that the Vietnam War had on people years ago that attended high school and college. Just from some of the links we have visited (above) we have learned so much. It has been an honor to delve and partake of your great wisdom.
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