14th Jun2016

Yolicia Mitchell – Clark Atlanta University ’19

by Staff

“I am the first to go to college in my family. No one really introduced me to HBCU’s. I found out about them when I started doing college tours.”

"My major is Psychology. I chose psychology because I really want to become a child counselor."|Image Credit: Yolicia Mitchell

“My major is Psychology. I chose psychology because I really want to become a child counselor.”|Image Credit: Yolicia Mitchell

Name
Yolicia Mitchell

Your HBCU?
Clark Atlanta University

Graduation Year?
2019

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am originally from Memphis,Tn, but I moved to Atlanta,Ga my second semester of my senior year of high school. I am the first to go to college in my family. No one really introduced me to HBCU’s. I found out about them when I started doing college tours.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

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Yolicia graduating from High School, on her way to college! The first in her family to ever do so!|Image Credit: Yolicia Mitchell

My dream was always to attend college in New York, but that changed when I moved to Georgia. I visited some HBCU’s and it showed me that so many amazing African American have left their mark in some way or some form. I realized that I wanted to leave my mark as well.

Major? Why did you choose it?

My major is Psychology. I chose psychology because I really want to become a child counselor. I feel that if people just listen to kids it can make a difference. I want to be the voice for kids. I want to help them through their hard times. I also want to help them follow their dreams so they can become doctors, lawyers,teachers,counselors,etc..

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

Clark Atlanta University is known for having over-achieving students. Just to be a part of that group makes me feel like I have accomplished something that is bigger than me. I am so happy to be a part of the AUC. I honestly can’t wait to make a difference in my community and at my new HBCU!

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

One of my first time experiences in college was learning how to network. I have been offered many great opportunities in Atlanta and I chose to take them. That is why I am transferring to the illustrious Clark Atlanta University as a sophomore. Even though I will miss my friends at my old HBCU people learn and grow.

Another one of my first time experiences was attending a yard show and it was amazing. It showed African Americans getting along and actually enjoying themselves.

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

My psychology teacher has been a big impact on my life in and out of the classroom. She has given me opportunities to work in the community and network with a lot of people. She has also stayed after school to help me prepare for a test or if I needed some help, to help me through a hard time.

Questions about transferring to an HBCU? Attending Clark Atlanta University? Respectfully ask Yolicia!

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19th May2016

Blair Polite – Florida A & M University – 2018

by Staff

“FAMU prepares you for the REAL WORLD….Hard work & determination is what you need to survive at the “College of Love and Charity”.”

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Blair Polite of Florida A & M University, Class of 2018| Image Credit: Blair Polite

Name
Blair Polite

Your HBCU?
Florida A & M University

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Growing up, my mom worked with high school students and was a part of the communities HBCU College Tour program. Every year we would go and tour numerous college campuses with hopes that each student would find the one for them.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

To be completely honest, I choose an HBCU over a PWI because I wasn’t accepted into the PWI of my dreams. FAMU was one of the other 4 schools I was accepted into. It took some soul searching and serious conversations with God, and he lead me to the BEST HBCU in the land!

Major? Why did you choose it?

Here at FAMU I am a psychology student with a minor in African American studies. My lifelong dream is to become a clinical psychologist and try to eliminate the stigma of mental illness within the black community.

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

FAMU prepares you for the REAL WORLD. There are no hand outs and no easy ways out. Hard work & determination is what you need to survive at the “College of Love and Charity”. It’s a fufilling feeling to be surround by peers who all share a common goal.

Questions about FAMU? Respectfully ask Blair!

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12th Mar2016

Seandra Kelly – South Carolina State University – Class of 2009

by Staff

“I had the best time (@ SCSU). I met great people, and became proud to say I was a student there because of its rich history.” – Seandra Kelly, an Alumnus of South Carolina State University (C/O 2009)

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SCSU Alum Seandra Kelly showing love for her awesome HBCU! | Image Credit: Seandra Kelly

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

From Columbia, SC! I was introduced to HBCUs by my high school band director

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

It just felt right. I had visited the campus a couple times and everyone was so nice. It felt like family before I was a student. I had already been accepted to 2 PWIs, including UNC Chapel Hill for Biology. I only applied to SCSU because my band director said we should since the rep was there and the application was free.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I chose Psychology because I always wanted (and still do) to know why people do what they do.

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

I had the best time. I met great people, and became proud to say I was a student there because of its rich history.

I attended a PWI for one semester because I wanted to move back home, but it wasn’t for me and I went right back. I would rather commute 70 miles everyday so I could be at the school that made me feel most like me.

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

Dr. Omari Dyson and Dr. Dorothy Brown.

Dr. Dyson was young and I related to him. I was slightly older than some students because I left and came back.

Dr. Brown because her class was the toughest yet the most interesting. I hated history but she drew me in everytime she began teaching.

Any Questions about SCSU? Feel free to ask Seandra!as

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29th Dec2013

MacKenzie Milon – Fisk University – 2016

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From growing up near the hometown of legend Michael Jackson to leading her HBCUs’ volleyball team; MacKenzie Milon speaks on her Fisk University experience and how it all came to be. 

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Proud HBCU Student – Athlete, MacKenzie Milon of Fisk University (c/o ’16)| Image Credit: MacKenzie Milon

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

I am from Merrillville, Indiana, which is a few minutes away from Michael Jackson’s hometown-Gary, Indiana, and an hour away from Chicago, Illinois. My mother briefly introduced me to HBCUs when I was first starting high school.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a pwi because of the historical reputation of academic excellence that many colleges and universities have.

No matter where I go, when adults ask me where I go to school and I tell them Fisk University, I don’t need to go into further detail about my HBCU because many already know the kind of education Fisk has to offer.

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

I decided to become a student at Fisk University for two reasons. I was recruited to play volleyball for Fisk University on a scholarship. The team had only been in existence for a few years and I wanted to be apart of a team that could build up the reputation of athletics at Fisk.

The other reason why I decided to go to Fisk University was because I knew that even if I was never able to play volleyball again, at least I would be at an university where I could grow not only academically but personally. I felt confident that once I graduated in four years that I would never have to worry about being hired for a job because I had ‘Fisk University’ on my resume.

What professors at Fisk 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?

Although this person is not a professor at Fisk University, he works in the admissions building and is my assistant volleyball coach, Patrick Gonzalez. This year, 2013, was my first year I met him and I have learned so much from him in such a short period of time.

Not only does he inspire me on the volleyball court, but I can talk to him about anything outside of volleyball. He is a very intellectual individual, & I do consider him my mentor. He has taught me a lot about how I can become a better leader, which is what Fisk University also strives to build in each student that studies there.

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

Coming into Fisk University in 2012 my faith wasn’t as strong as it could be. I didn’t realize how having strong faith can get a person through tough times in their lives when sometimes you just can’t turn to anybody.

Surrounding myself which some wonderful group of friends, and going to church with them every Sunday, I was able to learn so much about my life, how to become a better friend and how having such a strong spiritual background can make all the difference when life doesn’t seem to go the way you planned.

Fisk University is also known for its strong religious background, and I felt that from my first year there.

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

Fisk University helps students make an easy transition into the workforce by making students aware of internships or different opportunities available depending on your specific major. Many times your counselor will email you and inform you of upcoming internships opportunities which is always helpful.

How does your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

One thing that I appreciate about Fisk University is that they are trying to diversify the campus more and more each year. I am seeing more races other than African Americans coming to the university, which not only helps students learn how to work with many different kinds of people but it also shows the outside world that Fisk University has more than African American students.

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

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After your visit to Fisk University, stop by Knockout Wings!! | Image Credit: Kim F. of Yelp

My favorite wing place that is walking distance from Fisk is called Knock Out wings. My favorite wings to get there are the honey barbecue wings with blue cheese, and the biscuits are AMAZING. They are more famous for their biscuits than anything.’

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

At the end of basketball games, if we know we already won with minutes left on the clock, students will pull out car keys, dorm keys, or any type of keys and chant “Beep beep beep! You better go start the bus!” to the other team until they walk off the court.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I overcame my nervousness about going to college by continuing to tell myself ‘I can do this’. I made it this far (I graduated high school), this is just one more big step in life that I will conquer.

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

My major is psychology. I chose to study psychology because I love observing peoples behaviors and I have a curiosity of figuring out why people act the way they act.

What to date has been your proudest moment @  Fisk University?

My proudest moment at my HBCU took place this year when we, the Fisk volleyball team, became #1 in the Eastern Division of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, and placed third in the Conference tournament in Little Rock, AR.

What to date has been your saddest moment @  Fisk University?

My saddest moment at my HBCU was when my grandmother passed away. She passed away in the Fall of 2012, and I received the news right before a home volleyball game.

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

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MacKenzie Milon leading her team to victory at Fisk University | Image Credit: MacKenzie Milon

I am the captain on the Fisk University volleyball team.

Where is the “yard” located?

The “yard” is located right in front of Spence Hall, which is our dining hall.

What and where are the historical places on campus?

One of the most famous buildings on campus is Jubilee Hall which now holds all incoming freshman females. Jubilee Hall was built for the well-known 1871 Jubilee Singers.

Did you know that Henderson A. Johnson Gymnasium was named in honor of outstanding Fisk athlete, coach, dean of men and director of physical education. |Image Credit: hbcudigitallibrary.auctr.edu/

Did you know that Henderson A. Johnson Gymnasium was “named in honor of outstanding Fisk athlete, coach, dean of men and director of physical education.” |Image Credit: hbcudigitallibrary.auctr.edu/

Also, our only gymnasium on campus-Henderson A. Johnson gymnasium, is where Martin Luther King Jr. once spoke.

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

No

What is your process when you are going through a hardship that you have never faced before?

If I am facing a problem that I have never faces before I pray about it and called my mother, father, and depending on the situation, sometimes a coach.

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

The advice that I would give to student who are filling out college applications for the first time is before filling out an application for a school do your research.

Before applying to Fisk University I searched their academic rankings. Students should not worry about how big the school is or, how good their football team is, ect.

The only thing that matters in the end is your education, parents work long days and nights for the first 17 plus years of our lives so that we can hopefully go to college and get the best education we can, parents don’t pay thousands of dollars each year and semester so their children can party.

Questions about Fisk? About completing your college application? Respectfully contact MacKenzie below:

Facebook:  MacKenzie Milon, Instagram: _kenzierene
Email Address: mmilon94@att.net

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09th Dec2013

Nekos Davis – Tuskegee University ’07

by Staff

Nekos Davis, a proud graduate of Tuskegee University (Class of ’07) shares his HBCU Experience, his favorite professor, and much, much more.

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Nekos Davis, a proud graduate of Tuskegee University (Class of ’07) | Image Credit: Nekos Davis

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

West Point, Ga. Family members attended and graduated from HBCU’s.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Truthfully it’s all I’ve every known, not saying I’m against pwi; but I believe in what our schools have to offer more than pwi’s.

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

My mom chose Tuskegee for me, my choice was Grambling State Uni. Her words were, “7.5-8 hours for school? when Tuskegee is down the road. That’s where our family went, and that’s where you’re going.” To this day, I don’t regret her decision at all.

What professors at Tuskegee 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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Interim Chair and Associate Professor Vivian L. Carter, PhD, MHR | Image Credit: tuskegee.edu

Dr. Carter one of my sociology professors invested the most within. She explained the black family infrastructure to me as a whole. Her teachings really instilled some core values within me, that I want to carry over into my family.

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

My experience was solely based on finding out who I was as a person,and taught me first hand how to handle business. Tuskegee molded me into a hard working man.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

Tuskegee helped me alot! I’m a high school collaborative teacher, working with behavioral kids. The schools that our department head had us doing student teaching that mirrored the schools and work environment that I’m currently working in.

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

Helped out a lot, learning and studying under African American professors to working around other African American professionals from other HBCU’s. Easy transition, period. Thank God!

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

Tuskgegee Lake, was the only off campus place. Other than that, we’d sneak into dorms or have our lady friend(s) sneak into our dorms, after 11 when the dorm director and RA’s would close the office.

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

The COOP! That was the main attraction, and it was one of the only places that stayed open 24 hours. It’s a small buffet place, we mostly ate there coming from a night out.

Other places, were KFC-Taco Bell (this place was horrible! And there was this BBQ trailer that would sell plates every Thursday.

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

Our chants were very profane and vulgar, lol! I’ve heard several times that our student section was very rude, but I’m proud of my days in that student section. To the goodies…to other visiting teams, “bitch get yo’ shit and get up our house” repeated several times.

Another, “yo mama’s a man, yo mama’s a god-damn man …alright alright alright”. When the student section was full, and we’d yell out to other stuendets, “noooooo moreeee seattttsss …MOVEEEE BITCH!”. On a lighter note, we’d sing the first verse to Shai’s to “If I Ever Fall In Love Again”.

Who was your College crush?

Kermetria McMurry, she’s from Jonesboro, La. Good ole’ country girl, she has strong HBCU roots in her family. Her mom graduated from Southern, and was department head at Grambling.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

Wasn’t really nervous, I was overly excited to be away from home.

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

Psychology was my major, with a Sociology minor. Chose it because I wanted to become a relationship counselor, at the time. But God had greater plans and his road is which I chose to travel.

What was your proudest moment @ Tuskegee University?

Graduation day! The special thing about Tuskegee is this, commencement service is on Mother’s Day. There’s no other day I’d rather graduate on than that. Coming from a single parent home, that’s something I earned for my mama.

What was your saddest moment @ Tuskegee University?

Saddest moment, the Monday after graduation. I knew Sallie Mae was about to start calling me about setting up loan payments.

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

I wanted to pledge but I didn’t, truthfully I didn’t know anything about Greek life. I showed interest, but I quickly learned it wasn’t for me.

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

No clubs nor SGA involvment, but I was apart of a group of guys that played intramural football every Sunday on the practice field. People knew who I was from those games.

Where was the “yard” located?

The yard was in front of the cafe and patio. Great times there! One thing about Tuskegee’s yard, you had to step out looking nice all the time.

Rave Review fashion shows, Greek yard shows, and Friday’s music on the yard. Friday people skipped their one o’clock classes to stay on the yard.

What and where were the historical places on campus?

Carver museum, where all of George Washington-Carver’s belongings are. From paintings to rocks he collected. The Oaks, the house he called home, while in Tuskegee.

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

Ghost stories? Nah, none of those. All our stories came from the football team.

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.)

Several first, came during my time at Tuskegee. First road trip, was to Louisiana. First love, Kermetria McMurry. First time I cheated on a test was in History, first beer, first “E”, first severe injury (seperated my AC Joint), and a few other things.

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 the seeds, skills, and crafts that you’ve invested in our family down through the generations.

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

One, Pray for guidance everyday, it’s hard and acknowledge God in everything you do. Two, be the person you wish to see change the world.

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

Becoming a father changed my life. Being the father of a daughter and becoming responsible for a mouth to feed is a big responsibility. Changing the world that she has to live in, being a good male figure, showing her how to be a respectable citizen, and a good Christian is my sole responsibility.

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

Football, wrestling, and I was a member of the Key Club. I played football and wrestled, to stay active and keep from going home everyday. It was boring. Key Club, just happened because I was a diverse person.

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

Apply to schools, that are known and highly respected in the field in which you choose to major. The business world, medical world, the medical world, and world of education are very competitive. The institution of higher learning on your diploma will carry your far, or cut you short, so choose wisely.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

At this point in my life, I ignore it because in today’s time it is a banner of ignorance.

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

I don’t want to be the person to change the world, I want to be the person that inspires others to change it.

Questions about Tuskegee University? Completing your college application? Respectfully contact Nekos!

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17th Nov2013

Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent – Wilberforce University 1996

by Staff

Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent takes us on a great journey that gives insight into her HBCU Experience at Wilberforce University, her favorite professors, why she chose an HBCU and much, much more.

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Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent proud HBCU Alumnus of Wilberforce University | Image Credit: Tyffani Monford Dent

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

I am from Lima, Ohio. My older sister, Angela attended Central State University and my aunt Emma attended Kentucky State.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

After experiencing the stress of attending a rural school with very few Black students, I wanted the opportunity to be in an environment where being Black was celebrated and Black achievement was an expectation.

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

Initially, I wanted to attend a different HBCU but, due to the distance from home, my father strongly suggested I choose a school closer to home. I liked the fact that Wilberforce was small, had a strong religious foundation, as well as a long history of academic excellence.

What professors at Wilberforce 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?

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Dr. Muriel Brailey was appointed the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2010 | Image Credit: ricksheridan.netmar.com/

Dr. Muriel Brailey, who did not teach my major, but taught me the importance of speaking my mind.

Dr. Johnson who made me realize all of the possibilities a degree in psychology offered. I ended up attending (and graduating) from the same doctoral program that he had.

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

At Wilberforce University, I grew socially and academically. It provided the opportunity to be surrounded by other Black people who recognized the importance of education, had goals, and were supportive of me achieving my own.

Some of my Wilberforce classmates have become more like family than even some of my blood relatives. Our connection has remained even though we have not been in school together for almost 20 years.

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

Wilberforce University required participation in cooperative education practicums. I was able to gain exposure to various areas of my chosen field including work at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor Michigan and Middletown Regional Hospital on the psychiatric unit.

Such access to administrators and mental health professionals while being an undergraduate was not common. I learned about professionalism, the importance of resume-building, and networking—thanks in large part to the mandatory cooperative education program.

How did your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

Coming from a small, rural predominantly White hometown, to an HBCU, I learned the importance of being able to interact with all groups of people. Again, my cooperative education practica placed me in work environments that were very diverse.

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

Ummmm

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

My favorite restaurant was Red Lobster—because of the cheddar bay biscuits 😉

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

“You should have been a bulldog” and “I saw G-O, go, Bulldogs go–and shake that thang”.

I actually was the captain of the Wilberforce cheerleading squad at one point.

Who was your College crush?

Ummm. He knew. He definitely knew.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I was not nervous about going to college. In high school, I was a part of a summer program at Bowling Green State University where I was on campus all summer working in the Computer Science Department

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

My major was psychology. I chose my major in the 8th grade after watching the movie “Sybil”. How the mind works fascinated me.

What was your proudest moment @ Wilberforce University?

Other than graduating? When I became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.–Beta Chapter.

What was your saddest moment @ Wilberforce University?

Leaving Wilberforce

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

I pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I was impressed by their community service, academics, the sorority’s illustrious history, and I must admit, they were fly 😉

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

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Editor-literary magazine; Secretary-Senior Class; RA-2nd Floor Askew Hall; Sigma Omega Honor Society; Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society; Wilberforce University Cheerleader; wrote, directed, and produced plays that were shown on campus.

Where was the “yard” located?

In front of the Student Union

What and where were the historical places on campus?

The Fountain; The Barn; Shorter Hall

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

Not of which I am aware

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.)

1. First Love
2. First road trip—to Ball State with my sands and then another to Clark Atlanta with them as well
3. First debt lol

Describe a situation from your life where this proverb came to life or occurred “The person who grew up without correction will find his mouth slipping instead of his foot.”

Cannot recall one

What was your process when you are going through a hardship that you have never faced before?

I think about the situation, look at the skills and supports that I have to assist in managing it, and then make a plan to overcome it

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

Do not “cut and paste”. Think about what makes that particular college a good choice for you. Choose a college based upon your wants/needs—not your friends’. Have someone read your essays before you submit them.

Questions about HBCUs? Need someone to review your essay? Respectfully contact Dr. Monford Dent!

Twitter: DrTyffanMDent

Facebook: Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent/ Monford Dent Consulting
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16th Sep2013

Marcus Palmer Morehouse College 2017

by Staff

Proud HBCU Supporter and all around great person, Marcus Palmer donates words of wisdom about the Morehouse College Experience and how it came to be!

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Future Morehouse Graduate Marcus Palmer | Img Cred” Marcus Palmer

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Candid moment in Hubert Hall; Image Credit: Marcus Palmer

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Hampton, Virginia.

Marcus’ Old High School: http://woodside.nn.k12.va.us

Describe your high school experience. What extra curricular activities did you participate in?

High School was my second home;

I did everything in the school. From being Freshmen and Sophomore Class President, to singing in chorus. Participating in school plays and the school musicals. Singing the Star-Spangeled Banner at Varsity basketball games. Being apart of groups like, YADAPP, Project Inclusion, iMagnify, Principals Advisory Group, Student to Student, and Service Learning.

I was a National Honor Society member, Tri-M music Society member, apart of the homecoming committee my Freshmen and Sophomore years, and was a participant in the Every 15 Minutes program. Over 2,200 kids attended my arts and communications high school and every day was something different.

The different fashion senses, attitudes, hair styles, talents, and involvement. Homecoming was interactive, as the halls were decorated with a certain theme for a certain class, and the pep rally was held in the gym all 2,200 of us screaming at the top of our lungs.

Our morning TV show got us hype and ready for the day to begin and of course there’s always that one fight everyone will find out about. I enjoyed high school to the fullest. So many changes happen during this time, puberty, maturity, socialism and so much more.

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Graduation with my mother and sister. | Image Credit: Marcus Palmer

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

My GPA was 3.77
My ACT score was a composite 19
My SAT: Math -370 Reading- 450 Writing- 510

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

I sent all of my HBCU applications out around December.

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

Take your time and ask for advice. Everything can’t be done alone, you didn’t get to fill out the college app process alone. Focus on your essay topics and get the right people for recommendations. Also apply apply apply for scholarships!!!

How did you first learn about HBCUs? Were your guidance counselors helpful or hurtful?

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Marcus Palmer as a youth | Image Credit: Marcus Palmer

Being an African-American male of course HBCU’s were stressed by my family, church, and friends.

Churches thrive on sending their young congregation to an HBCU and your relatives that attend an HBCU want you to follow their footsteps. I had the best counselors anything and everything that I wanted to know they had an answer to.

My counselor would pull me out of class just to make sure that my college application process was going smoothly. They gave out SAT books, website references and more. If all counselors were like them a lot more blacks would be attending an HBCU or PWI.

Who gave you the most insight regarding the HBCUs you were considering?

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Mentor & Student Support Specialist, Ms. Powell of WHS | Image Credit: Marcus Palmer

My mentor Ms. Powell every time I was confused on where to go she would give me in depth advice on what the school had and what challenges I would face going there. She really was a huge help to my decision making my entire Senior year.

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

Having the urge to learn more about my heritage, meet my race, and make a name for my race. I want to change the stereotypes that people think about us. I wanted to be a Morehouse Man to gain integrity, excellence, and balance. I want to be that example other young black males can look up to. HBCU’s are the type of schools that promote diversity and equality they want the best out of there students. They want us to be Corporate heads and Entrepreneurs in this world. Failure isn’t an option for them.

Which HBCU did you decide to attend? And why?

Morehouse College. As I stated in my last comment to learn more to what it is to be a successful black man in America. I feel Morehouse will challenge me to reach my full potential to climb the ladder to success. The school is beautiful. People are chill, the atmosphere here just says welcome home. (See the acceptance letter)

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

Psychology, I love the human mind. I want to study why we do the things we do. Why a child screams in stores, why we choose to drink and smoke. I want to see what transmitters contribute to our daily actions. The brain is one of the most powerful tools in the body. I want to dig deep and find out people’s problems, and be able to help them resolve their issues a little more easier.

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

Study, Take your time on test and essays, GET INVOLVED!!! Pray and trust God he is number one and will get you through any trial or tribulation. Talk to your counselors everyday, manage your time and money well and be organized. Being unorganized gets you nowhere.

Using the links below, you can respectfully reach Marcus should you have any questions about HBCUs and/or the application process!

Networking Contacts

facebook.com/marcus.palmer.165
twitter.com/Marco_Ehh
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