03rd Jul2013

Cydni Brown – Central State University ’16

by Staff

Thanks to a rich HBCU family legacy and ever-present atmosphere of HBCU advocacy, Cydni Brown proudly shares with us her extraordinary and motivating HBCU Experience thus far at Central State University.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”300px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]Where were you born and raised?[/dropshadowbox]

I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. My grandma was a strong advocate about me attending a HBCU. But a lot of my family members played a role in me attending an HBCU.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?[/dropshadowbox]

At an HBCU, I earn a higher education and gain a sense of identity and heritage, and experience a nurturing atmosphere. It is such a historical significance, importance, and value that HBCU’s carry.

And I knew I wanted to be a part of that. I wanted to be a part of succeeding with my peers. That is why I choose an HBCU!

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]How did you decide to become a student at Central State University?[/dropshadowbox]

I have been coming up to Central State University since I was a little girl. My granddaddy, who is a Centralian and the President of the Cincinnati Alumni Chapter, took me to Centrals track meets.

My aunt, who is also a Centralian, took me to the football and basketball games when she was a cheerleader.

I spent my summers at Central States basketball camps. It was no doubt that I was destined to attend Central State due to my family legacy.

I also received a academic scholarship. And most importantly Central just felt like home.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What professors at Central State University are leaving the most impression upon you as a person and student?What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?[/dropshadowbox]

Dr. Hassan was my English professor who continues to push me in everything I do. He always assigns me a different topic from my other classmates.

But the challenge is to logically express my points, use a quote in each paragraph, use all aspects in a given situation in a twenty page paper. He says the reason he is so hard on me is because I am going to be somebody whether I like it or not.

And I am his “homie” from Cincinnati so he expects nothing but the best from me. He continues to try and convince me to change my major to English. He even talked to my academic advisor about changing my major.

But I cannot help but love Dr. Hassan, he left the most impression upon me as a person and as a student.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What is the story of your “experience” to date at Central State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?[/dropshadowbox]

The story of my experience at my HBCU is leadership, transformation, and growth. I am constantly growing and transforming into the best CSU woman I know how to be.

Central State constantly reminds me that I am a student first and to step out of my comfort zone and try new things.

It has definitely been a learning experience of not only who I am but who I am becoming as a woman, and how Central is preparing me for my future as a successful business woman.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?[/dropshadowbox]

The spots to go if you wanted to cuddle with your boyfriend or girlfriend would be at the movie nights or at the stadium.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What are the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?[/dropshadowbox]

I enjoy the stuffed shells at the Mercer Café on campus.

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Mercer Cafe – Home to delicious food | Image Credit: Central State University Dining Services Facebook Page 

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What are the chants heard most often at the sporting events?[/dropshadowbox]

OOOOOOOHHHHH OOOOOOOHHH OOOOOOOOOHHH OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH IT’S MARAUDER LAND (IT’S MARAUDER LAAAAND) IT’S MARAUDER LAAAAND (IT’S MARAUDER LAND) IT’S MARAUDER LAND (IT’S MARAUDER LAAAAAAND) IT’S MARAUDER LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNND!!!!!!

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”350px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]Who is your College crush?[/dropshadowbox]

Oh gosh, I do not have a college crush now, but my college crush was a senior football player when I was a freshmen.

I know what you are thinking he was about to graduate, but he was still handsome with a nice smile. He graduated and I was too shy to tell him even though it was probably obvious. (embarrassed.)

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?[/dropshadowbox]

I was never really nervous. I was more excited to start a new chapter in my life.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What is your major? and Why did you choose it?[/dropshadowbox]

I am a Business Administrations major. I chose this major because I always wanted something I can call my own.

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Dr. Charles H. Showell,
Dean of the College of Business | Image Credit: Central State University 

At first I wanted to open up my own restaurant. But now as I start to get into my main courses, I have been exploring all of the aspects of my major.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What to date has been your proudest moment @ Central State University?[/dropshadowbox]

My proudest moment at my HBCU has been making the Dean’s list, which I plan to continue doing. So far so good!

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What to date has been your saddest moment @ Central State University?[/dropshadowbox]

I have not had a sad moment at my HBCU.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What are you pledging? And why? And if not, why not?[/dropshadowbox]

If I choose to pledge then you will just have to wait and see 😉

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]How are you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)[/dropshadowbox]

I am positively active on campus by getting involved in organizations. I am the Multicultural Affairs Senator of the Student Government Association 2013-2014 academic school year. I am a member of the Student Activities Committee. I am also a member of Destined for Greatness.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]Where is the “yard” located?[/dropshadowbox]

The yard is located at Wilberforce, Ohio.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What and where are the historical places on campus?[/dropshadowbox]

One historical place on campus is the Galloway/Alumni Tower. But the students call it the clock tower. In 1974 we had a massive Tornado that wiped out a lot of our buildings.

But what I love about the Galloway Tower the most is every hour “The National Negro Hymn” and “Our Alma Mater” is played. And there are not many institutions with a clock tower. That’s what makes my HBCU unique.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?[/dropshadowbox]

None that I am aware of.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]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.)[/dropshadowbox]

I have a few first experiences. I had my first Dean’s list ceremony. I received my first scholarship. I received my first SGA position. I went to my first off campus party.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]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.”[/dropshadowbox]

I have not had a situation in my life that this proverb occurred, thank God, and I hope it stays that way. I for the most part try to think before I speak to avoid those situations.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#ffffff” ]What is your process when you are going through a hardship that you have never faced before?[/dropshadowbox]

When I am going through a hardship that I have never faced before, my process most likely starts with calling my grandma. Grandma gives the best advice. Then I pray on it and read a inspirational quote.

Questions about completing the application to Central State University? Want to know how to receive an academic scholarship? Ask Cydni!

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01st Jul2013

LeTavious Brown – Morris College ’10

by Staff

Published Author, Future Husband, and Genius in the Veterinary Science field, LeTavious Brown, gives us insight into his HBCU Experience at “MoCo” or Morris College, how he first learned about HBCUs, Top professors at “MoCo” and much more.

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

I was born and raised in Conway, South Carolina. I first heard about Morris College when we had a college workshop day at my high school. I expressed an interest in obtaining a degree in Biology so I could go on to Vet school and I was introduced to Dr. Maggie Glover, former Senator turned HBCU-UP director.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I choose it (HBCU over a pwi) because of the promise of a family bond that wouldn’t be broken and the fact that I wouldn’t become a number lost in the masses of students. To this day that promise hasn’t been broken.

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

I decided to become a student once I weighed my options and Morris or MoCo as we call it seemed more like a good place to be.

What professors at Morris 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. Radman Ali, the director of the science division left an impression on me because he was bound and determined to push us to the next level and he did so.

Dr. Maggie Glover is the most amazing woman on campus because she was a second mother to me and I wouldn’t have made it without her.

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

It’s been around for a century helping young men and woman move on to a greater stage in life with a staff that is here to help, and when I got there in 2006 it was no different. Everyone there was willing to point us young men and women in the right direction.

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Students learning about Morris College from a “MoCo” rep | Image Credit: morris.edu

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

Well my favorite spot was parked right in front of the Wilson Booker Science building. We weren’t allowed to have too much PDA on our little christian campus but we still got it in. Now I’m engaged to my fiancee Devin Vestal, still engaging in PDA.

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Wilson-Booker Science Building on the Morris College Campus | Image Credit: morris.edu

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

The best restaurant was an asian cuisine joint called Teriyaki Wok. They gave you so much food for so little money. The other favorite spot was Murray’s they had the best donuts on Earth. Forget Krispy Kreme, and Dunkin Donuts, Murray’s had them beat

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Delicious Donuts from Murray’s | Image Credit: Mike G./Yelp

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

I didn’t really attend enough sporting events to know sadly.

Who was your College crush?

I spent my time in the science labs until I was blindsided by Devin Vestal one day my senior year. Now we’re engaged to be married on March 8, 2014. I love her more than anything on this earth.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I took a step, took a breath, and realized this is the first step to the rest of my life. I had to make it a good one.

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

My major was Biology I chose it because I love science and science always seemed easy to me.

What was your proudest moment @ Morris College?

My proudest moment was probably scoring the highest score in the school, that semester, on our senior exit exams.

What was your saddest moment @ Morris College?

The saddest moment at our school is learning of one of our classmates death from a disease to the spinal cord.

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

I pledged Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity inc. Why because its the first and greatest! Really, I did because my sister pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. when I was very young and the Alphas she hung out with mentored me and taught me a lot. I wanted to pay it forward to the next generation.

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

Through my fraternity I participated in the Headstart programs and helped, play with, feed, or teach young kids. I enjoyed every moment of it.

Where was the “yard” located?

Pretty much every where, but primarily by our Greek wall near the cafeteria.

What and where were the historical places on campus?

Our church and greek wall.

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

No Ghost stories, but we were all kind of paranoid about the presidents house which was right behind the campus. We all swore he was watching us 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.)

The only first I could remember is my first time setting something on fire in the lab. It was an accident, but funny.


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

I’ve come this far, and I’m going a lot farther. All thanks to your guidance. Thank you and I love you.

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

Never let someone deviate you from your dream’s path. Always work hard to achieve it, because no work equals no success.

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

Honestly, making that logical decision between buying a new game, or food to sustain life. Life is far more important, once you cross that threshold you’re a man.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

My passion in life for Veterinary science came from always having a pet and wanting to keep it safe and happy. My passion for writing came from being bored and wanting to make my own stories, eventually leading me to writing my own book titled Sacred Swords which is available now.

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Sacred Swords is available now! Go purchase a copy! | Image Credit: LeTavious Brown

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

I didn’t play a sport actually.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

I dealt with racism simply by not letting a slur or derogatory stick to me. I was not, am not, nor will I ever be any one thing that someone has called me out of anger or ignorance.

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

You have to do work, to obtain success. You have to believe in yourself for someone to believe in you. You have to trust someone for them to trust you. Basically you have to give a bit of your soul, to get a better standing for your soul.

We thank you Mr. Brown for taking the time to enlighten us all to the greatness to be found at Morris College. We wish you all the best in your present and future endeavours!

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29th Jun2013

Jordyn Hawkins-Rippie – Hampton University ’17

by Staff

Future medicinal private practice owner, Jordyn Hawkins-Rippie shares with us his journey through high school into the Famed and Historically rich halls of Hampton University.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Bear, Delaware and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland.

How would you describe your high school experience and environment?

I attended a small, all-male K-12 private school located in Baltimore and my high school experience was largely shaped by a selective and rigorous academic curriculum, involvement in a number of clubs and organizations and memorable times spent hanging out with my friends.

What extra curricular activities did you participate in?

Varsity Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field, Black Awareness Club, Diversity Club, Traveling Men (school’s a capella group), Fellowship of Christian Universities and Schools (FOCUS)

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

GPA: 3.5
SAT: 1940

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

I sent my application to Hampton in early November to make the Early Action deadline.

How did you first learn about HBCUs?

My parents were the first set of individuals to explain what an HBCU was to me.

My stepdad graduated from Howard and at the onset of my college search, I was primarily encouraged by my parents to apply to one of these institutions.

Talks about the social scene, the gorgeous women (see the graceful Nubian Queens of “Ebony Fire” below!) and the academic offerings was an alluring trifecta I simply couldn’t resist.

Were your guidance counselors knowledgeable about HBCUs? If not, where did you get all of your information from about the HBCUs you were thinking of attending?

My guidance counselors were minimally knowledgeable about HBCUs – throughout my college process I was always more knowledgeable than my counselors about the institutions.

I obtained most of my information through online research and through conversations with both alumni and current students of the institutions to which I applied.

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

I strongly felt the need to experience something different from the predominately white school I had been attending: I wanted to be in the majority for once in my life and to create a genuine appreciation and awareness for who I am both as an individual and as an Afro-American.

The positive repercussions of being the majority in an educational and social setting are strikingly evident and I certainly wanted to be able to have that experience.

Which HBCU did you decide to attend? And why?

I choose to attend Hampton University for both personal and financial reasons.

On a personal level, I loved the picturesque scenery of the sea, the congeniality of the students with whom I talked, the classes I shadowed and the social atmosphere – all of which I experienced during Hampton’s Honors Weekend.

Hampton also offered me a near-full ride to attend, which was certainly an offer none of my other schools had given me.

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Hampton University students participating in Honors Weekend | Image Credit: Hampton University Honors Weekend facebook page

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

I am a Business Management major also pursuing a Pre-Med route. I was awarded a scholarship from the business school at Hampton and the caveat is that you have to be a business major; I choose Business Management specifically so I would have the background and skillset to open a private medical practice if I wanted.

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

1. Don’t be easily swayed or discouraged by another person’s opinion on a college in which you’re interested. You’ll be much happier to find a college that fits who you are as an individual than find one that causes you to lose your identity.

2. Some schools are more generous than others in terms of how much financial aid you receive, but the bottom line is you will pay a nice chunk of the comprehensive fee, so in order to avoid paying a ton of money, search constantly for scholarships. There are scholarships for everything now, so focus on applying to ones that deal in your strengths and ones that are choosen at random.

3. Develop your ability to articulate your thoughts both orally in speech and visually on paper – these two skills are required in nearly all you do, so best to learn them early.

4. And finally, always be willing to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. You can never know where your true passion lays unless you’re willing to go out on a limb to experience it.

Questions about applying to Hampton University before the Early Action deadline? Curious about where to find scholarships? Respectfully inquire with Jordyn!

Email: jmhawkin24@gmail.com

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28th Jun2013

Rose Amazan – Bethune Cookman University ’14

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From continuing her family legacy by attending an HBCU to her many “first time” moments, Rose Amazan shares with us her memorable experience thus far at Bethune Cookman University.

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Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU because most of my mentors growing up attended HBCUs and and the choice was very clear when it came down to making a decision.

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

I am from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I was introduced to HBCUs from an early age by my middle school as well as my high school!


Fort Lauderdale is Home to the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

How did you decide to become a student at Bethune Cookman University?

Family Legacy

Feel free to elaborate… My mentor who is like my father figure attended the same school so I felt that it was only right.

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?

Man, where do I start!? I have plenty of professors who left lasting impressions on me but two of them stood out the most.

Dr. Robinson was my Anatomy and pathophysiology professor and he was a great science teacher and I would strongly recommend him.

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Dr. Irving Robinson (far left) featured in an article in the Daytona Times | Image Credit: Daytona Times 

Ms. Thompson is one of the teachers in nursing program and she is one that goes above and beyond to make sure that her students are successful and that alone makes me want to strive for greatness.

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Professor Thompson | Image Credit: Cookman.edu 

What is the story of your “HBCU experience” at Bethune Cookman University?

The story behind my experience is absolutely the best. I would choose to attend an HBCU over and over again if I was given the choice.

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

My major is nursing. I chose this major because of the endless possibility and the amount of caring that going into being a true nurse. I love to serve and I enjoy helping every chance thy I get, being a nurse would help me be a better person.

Where is the “yard” located?

Our “yard” is actually called the “quad” and it is located in the middle of campus, you can’t miss it, it is right before you get to the cafeteria !

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

We have several! Our campus itself is very historical. We have the white hall which was probably one of the original buildings on campus and then our founder Mary McLeod Bethune house which is located just east of the quad!!

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

Anyone who has been to BCU knows about Bethune grills! I always get the 6 piece wings and fries.

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

I had my car towed for the first time outside of a club, it was like two in the morning and I had to call my parents to get money to get the car back.

I got my first speeding ticket. I got my first on the phone break up with my long distance beau, i cried for weeks and did not talk to my roommates for days. I got my first apartment my sophomore year. I got my first D and I think I cried for like a week.

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

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Rose Amazan living the life of an accomplished college student | Image Credit: Rose Amazan 

I am a student athletic trainer and that takes up all my time during the peak of sports seasons. I was a wildcat write mentor for two years, and I am an inactive peer counselor member.

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

Always be smart and make sound decisions.

Don’t follow the crowd, be your own person, be a leader not a follower.

Questions about being a nursing major? Applying to Bethune Cookman University? Ask Rose!

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EMail: Rose.amazan[AT]students.cookman.edu

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27th Jun2013

Janelle Thompson – Howard University ’17

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Janelle shares with us how she came to select Howard University as her college of choice, and how she incorporated her Jamaican culture into her American high school experience.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and currently live in Atlanta, Ga.

How would you describe your high school experience and environment?

My High School experience was definitely a good experience. I’ve learned a lot about myself and who my friends are in the past four years.

What extra curricular activities did you participate in?

Like many Jamaicans, I ran track for two years with my High School. I also founded a multicultural group to defeat ignorance and stereotypes towards other cultures and people.

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Janelle conducting an interview themed on the culture in Jamaica | Image Credit: Janelle Thompson

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

4.047, 1920

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

I sent in my application Early Action in November.

How did you first learn about HBCUs?

I learned of Howard through the multiple Alumni that were involved in my life.

My Uncle graduated from Howard Law and owns his own law firm in Maryland, as well as my friend’s mother who graduated from Howard and owns her own firm in Atlanta. From there I started to do my own research on HBCUs.

Were your guidance counselors knowledgeable about HBCUs? If not, where did you get all of your information from about the HBCUs you were thinking of attending?

My guidance counselors were somewhat knowledgeable about HBCUs. The information I did not get from them I went and researched myself on the internet or through alumni.

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Janelle looking elegant as a high school senior before she travels to attend the one and only Howard University | Image Credit: Janelle Thompson

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

There is a certain feeling that you get when you go to an HBCU. You feel as if you’re making history. One of my main goals in life is to create a legacy. I couldn’t be happier if that legacy was shared with African Americans and especially my fellow Jamaicans.

Which HBCU did you decide to attend? And why?

I chose to go to Howard University because I love how prestigious Howard is…It is basically number one in my eyes. The connections available at Howard are endless.


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

My major is Administration of Justice. When I watch the news I have never been concerned about the punishment of a crime, I have always been concerned for the criminal and what took place in their life to make them do such a thing.

My major allows me to find the connection between the justice system and crime causation factors.

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

1 Start Now, Not tomorrow, now!

2 Speak to your counselor every chance you get

3 Don’t be afraid to get a tutor

4 Get involved in school activities

5 Join the site College Prowler

Janelle on Goals,Family, and Motivation

I have seen my parents strive for success starting from nothing. My parents and I were all born in the complicated, controversial island of Jamaica. Many people are surprised to hear me describe the country this way, but Jamaica isn’t all sandy beaches and coconuts, but I will always recognize that throughout the struggle; Jamaica’s people keep their head up.

No matter what they fight to become stronger as one. This attitude has inspired me to strive for my goals, not just for myself, but my country. Most people have goals just to make their parents proud, but mine is much greater, much bigger, and much more powerful. After my career in law, I plan to become the US ambassador of Jamaica and affect each of my fellow Jamaicans, whether they live in the bustling city or the quiet country.

Questions about Howard University? How to Apply? Respectfully reach out to Janelle!

Facebook | E-Mail: Janelle.R.Thompson[AT]gmail.com

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25th Jun2013

Precious Denham – Central State University ’14

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Future educator to the inner city youth, Precious Denham shares with us how Central State University became her college of choice.

In addition, she speaks about her favourite professors, why she chose an HBCU over a pwi, and much more.

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

I am originally from East Chicago, Indiana but I was raised in Suffolk, Virginia.

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Mayor of East Chicago, Indiana, Anthony Copeland | Image Credit: eastchicago.com

Nobody in my family went to college before me, so I didn’t know what an HBCU was until one year prior to me attending Central State University.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

When I finally understood the rich history HBCU’s carried, I wanted to be a part of that.

I believed that if I was a part of the legacy, I would gain the proper knowledge to create my own working legacy.

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

When I went on a tour to Central State University, I could tell how family oriented everyone was. What really sold me was the dedication from the professors. Watching them teach and give individual help to the students led me to believe they cared about the student succeeding.

What professors at Central State University are leaving the most impression upon you as a person and student? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

Dr. Latson.

She goes beyond what she really has to just to ensure that we are secure in the knowledge we gain. She is always making herself available to the students. As a future educator, this simple thing spoke volumes for me.

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Dr. Hazel Latson, Department Chair of the College of Professional Education | Image Credit: centralstate.edu

It raised the standard for me to always question myself to say “Did I do enough for my student? Was this something that they could carry on in life? Was I enough?”

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

The story of my experience at my HBCU is Leadership transformation and Revolutionary Enthusiasm. So many times we forget the essence of who we are as students. Central State constantly reminds me that the leader I am being transformed into is preparing me for my future as an educator.

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

The spots to go to cuddle with your boyfriend or girlfriend is at the movie nights or maybe your room after all your work is completed of course. (smiles.)

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

The best restaurant on campus is the grill. They have amazing chicken and turkey wraps.

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

OHHHHHHHHHH OOOOOHHHHHH OOOOHHHHH OOOOOOOHHHHHH ….IT’S MARAUDER LAND (IT’S MARAUDER LAND) IT’S MARAUDER LAAAAAND…..

Who is your College crush?

My College crush was a football player from my freshmen year. I never knew his name, I just knew that he looked good and he had a nice smile.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I was never really nervous about coming to school. I was always excited more than anything.

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

My major is Middle Childhood Education Language Arts and Social Studies. I choose this major because I understand the importance of a good educator in inner cities. We are an essential for the next generation.

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

My proudest moment at my HBCU was when I was selected as Ms. College of Education for the 2013-2014 Academic School year.

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Ms. Denham being rightfully celebrated on the Central State University facebook page | Image Credit: Facebook

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

My saddest moment at my HBCU was knowing that one of my peers had lost her life.

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

I wouldn’t dare say! (smiles)

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

I am positively active on campus as I am a proud member of Destined for Greatness and active secretary, I am a member of the NAACP,and I serve as Ms.College of Education for the 2013-2014 academic school year

Where is the “yard” located?

Our yard is located in Wilberforce, Ohio.

What and where are the historical places on campus?

The clock tower is my favorite historical place on campus. It’s proper name is Galloway Hall but students will refer to as the clock tower. In April of 1974 we had a massive tornado that destroyed over 70 percent of our campus and the tower was left standing.

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

I don’t know of any really.

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.)

I actually have a lot of first experiences. My favorite is when I got to travel to Alabama for a game. Although we lost, our school had so much spirit. It was freshmen year and I enjoyed watching it.

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

When I am going through a process that I have never faced before, I pray about it, I try to remain calm but depending on what it is I may get frustrated. I try and see what I can do to make the situation better before I completely give up.

We thank you Precious for sharing your time and wisdom with us!

Anyone interested in learning more about Central State or Middle Childhood Education Language Arts and Social Studies respectfully reach out to Ms. Denham!

Facebook | Email:  precious_denham[AT]yahoo.com

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Sarah Gibson – Central State University ’15

by Staff

Communications major and future script writer and director, Sarah Gibson shares with us and you, her HBCU Experience thus far at Central State University.

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

I am from Fort Wayne, Indiana and I was introduced to HBCU’s through a Black College Club in my city.

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Politician Kevin Howell is the co-Founder of Black College Club in Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a PWI because I felt it would be a place where the staff and faculty cared about me succeeding as much as I did.

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

I chose to become a student at my HBCU because when I visited, I loved feeling and remembering “this is right where I belong, this is home”.

What professors at Central State University are leaving the most impression upon you as a person and student? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

My Freshman Year English Professor, Mr. Cash.

He left the most impression upon me as a person and student because he endeavored to explore what I really wanted to do and gave me assignments in regards to it.

He recognized me as a great writer and challenged me to go beyond the ordinary. To this day, what he’s done that means so much to me goes beyond me, but also what he has done with other students in the classroom.

He pushed us to be more intellectual than robots of our communities due to social networking and everything being “made easy” for us.

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

My “experience” at my HBCU has been wonderful from the faculty and staff, to the students and new President and First Gentleman.

They have all played in integral part in making sure that my college experience would be the best possible.

Among many stories, I was honored as a Student Ambassador to escort my President and First Gentleman at the Dayton Classic and stay by them as a personal assistant for that day.

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President of Central State University, Cynthia Jackson-Hammond

It made me feel important to be under the most important person who has the power to make the greatest decisions at my university.

Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boyfriend?

I don’t have a boyfriend.

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

Applebees, the riblet basket.

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

What’s heard the most at our sporting events is the Band Song “Marauder Land”.

Who is your College crush?

Nobody.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

In order to overcome my nervousness about going to college, I simply went to college. The only way to overcome something is by dealing with it. Once I got there, it became easy.

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

My major is Communications with a Concentration in Broadcast Media. I chose it because I endeavor to be a script writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and television sit – coms.

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The Journalism and Mass Communications Department at Central State University; Image Credit: Centralstate.edu

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

The proudest moment at my HBCU was when I got a 4.0 while holding nine titles and also taking 18 credit hours, I didn’t think I would make it to that G.P.A.

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

The saddest moment at my HBCU was when I went with a bus full of people to Chicago in order to celebrate the homegoing of a fallen Marauder who was on the football team, this happened during my Freshmen year.

Suspect wanted in death of CSU athlete

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

I’m not pledging undergrad. I had a plan when I came in to be done a semester early, pledging will divert me from that goal.

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

I am highly involved. I am a Student Ambassador, NABJ Member and Secretary, the new Student Activities Senator, in the Honors Program, I served as a Marauder Fellow, Student Activities Committee Member and Secretary, Student Affairs Committee Member, Sophomore Class Secretary, Wesley Village Hall Council Member, English Tutor, and I am now also a Tour Guide as well.

Where is the “yard” located?

Wilberforce, OH.

What and where are the historical places on campus?

The most historical place on my campus is the Clock Tower which sits across from our Sunken Garden.

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Clock Tower – Central State University, Ohio
By: Ramani Kandiah Image from: Photo.net

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

No.

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.)

I have had my First Job Interview at college and my First D on a test, but it was brought up to an A.

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.”

I don’t quite understand the proverb.

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

When going through a hardship I have never faced, I face it with previously gained knowledge. I may have never been faced with something in particular, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t at one point learned something in the past that can contribute to my dealings with it.

Questions about Central State University or what you need to do to attend? Reach out and contact Sarah at the link below!

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Profile Image Credit: Sarah Gibson

 

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