31st Mar2016

Kirsten Jackson – University of Maryland Eastern Shore – 2016

by Staff

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

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

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

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

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

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

Major? Why did you choose it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions about life at UMES? Ask Kirsten!

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17th Jan2016

Alexandra Lawrence – Spelman College – 2018

by Staff

Alexandra Lawrence, a student of Spelman College (class of 2018) gives us and YOU insight into her HBCU Experience thus far as a Spelmanite!

Alexandra Lawrence of Spelman College (Class of 2018)|Image Courtesy of Alexandra Lawrence

Alexandra Lawrence of Spelman College (Class of 2018)|Image Courtesy of Alexandra Lawrence

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

Today was quite chilly, but our campus was as picturesque as ever! #SpelmanCollege #GilesHall #1881 #SpelmanScenes

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I am from Atlanta, GA. My whole family has always done HBCUs. Always. I am a 4th generation Spelmanite. It’s in my blood.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU because of tradition and because I went to a predominantly white school for 6 years. Although the academics were great and the teachers were wonderful, I wasn’t taught how to be a successful black woman. Just how to be a successful woman (it was an all girls’ school).

My history wasn’t a focus in that school. My people weren’t a focus in that school. Spelman College teaches me how to recognize my worth and how to get other people to see my worth.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Sociology and Anthropology major. I chose it because I love studying people and cultures. It’s fascinating.

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

All of my Spelman sisters have been extremely supportive and caring. So has the faculty and staff. The family feeling that is throughout the AUC (Atlanta University Center) as a whole has been so supportive and loving.

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

All of my anthropology and sociology professors have been great. They encourage me to be my best and they provide a safe environment in which I can do so.

Alexandra pictured alongside Dr. Andrea Lawrence (her grandmother), the Chair of the Computer Science Department at Spelman College (Image Courtesy: Alexandra Lawrence)

Alexandra pictured alongside Dr. Andrea Lawrence (her grandmother), the Chair of the Computer Science Department at Spelman College (Image Courtesy: Alexandra Lawrence)

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28th Dec2013

Barbara Cook – Morgan State University – May 2014

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

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

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scholarship

Feel free to elaborate…

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

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

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

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

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

What is your major? Why did you choose it?

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

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

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

Where is the “yard” located?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email: Bacoo1@morgan.edu
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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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20th Aug2013

Lannie Smith – Fisk University ’14

by Staff

Born into the HBCU Legacy, happily married man Lannie Smith shares his Fisk University Experience.

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Proud representative of Fisk University, Lannie Smith | Image Credit: Lannie Smith

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

I was born and reared in Nashville,Tn. My mother graduated from Tennessee State University. From attending the various events such as homecoming and the TSU parade that is how I was introduced to HBCUs back in the day.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I did not even attempt to apply to an pwi. It was by choice of why I did not. I wanted to have the hbcu experience.

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

After attending Fisk Mini College Program (Summer Enrichment Camp 5-12 years olds) , under direction of the late Beth Madison Howse, in 2004. That camp left me inspired to attend Fisk.

I loved the professors and the beautiful campus at a young age just from attending the program. My senior year of high school while applying for schools and I decided to apply to Fisk from visiting a booth at the college expo.

I was also given the opportunity to stay on campus for prospect weekend in November of 2009 during homecoming. I saw all the students, campus life, and the family vibe. I knew this was the place just for me. That is why I chose Fisk.

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?

While attending Fisk Mini College Dr. Reavis Mitchell was one of my professors and he currently is. While in mini college he always stated,”he hopes to still be living once we become bright Fiskites.” By the grace of God he is still here.

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

Yes, Fisk a prestigious institution full of the most multi-liberal talented student’s. Moreover for my experience I got to become a well recognized student leader and most of all on the campus of Fisk University I got to know Jesus Christ for myself.

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

Through its service learning, internships, and work study opportunities my HBCU helps me with that transitions.

How does your HBCU prepare you for a diverse workplace?

My HBCU is not as diverse as I would like for it to be. However we have a diversity. I tend to work well with all groups of people.

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

Im not sure if I should share this (just joking). While dating most couples go to the steps behind Cravath Hall.

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

Knock Out Wings & Sonic. The biscuits from knock out wings are great.

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

FIS-KUNI-VERS-ITY FISK FOREVER! Alma Mater is not a chant but at the end of every sporting event it is sung.

Who is your College crush?

I am married to my High School Sweetheart, Lucinda.

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Lannie enjoying his wedding day with his bride | Image Credit: Lannie Smith & Facebook.com

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

This is a great question. During the summer before my first semester. I went to talk to Ms. Campbell in the office of Admissions. I was over there too nervous about the college courses. She gave me advice and told me I will do just fine. I left there empowered and encouraged.

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

I am sociology major. I chose this major because this was the closet major to social work that Fisk offered.

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

I must say my proudest moment was in March 2011. I was elected sophomore class president.

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

The passing of Ms.Beth Madison Howse.

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

In this season I chose not to pledge.

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

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C100 Bros making Fisk University proud! | Image Credit: Lannie Smith

I have always been involved with student government. I am a proud member of Collegiate 100. Outside the walls of my school I am always representing and promoting Fisk to the best of my ability.

Where is the “yard” located?

The “yard” is located in the center and most common usuage part of campus.

What and where are the historical places on campus?

Our entire campus is historic. Most of our buildings are listed under the historic listing site for the state of Tennessee.

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

There are no ghost stories that I know of.

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.)

Being actively involved with SGA, buying text books, walmart trips 2am in the morning, member of all male organization, and community tutor was my “firsts” at college.

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Mr. Smith taking part in a community based project with Tennessee State University | Image Credit: Lannie Smith

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.”

We fall down but we get up. We have to get up sooner we cant keep on letting ourselves marinate in our own mess.

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

I just pray!

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

Don’t forget about Fisk when applying for college applications. Also if you don’t have a good gpa still apply. Just apply you will be surprised that the kind of doors he will open. If he did it for me he can do the same and more for you.

Any questions about Fisk? Or how you can get involved with the campus life. Respectfully contact Lannie!

Email: Fisk.lannie@gmail.com

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16th Apr2013

Reasons why you should attend Lane College just like @CorieRaine

by Staff

We had a very informative conversation with @CorieRaine, a young lady who is attending Lane College in Tennessee.

In our brief conversation, we learned her reason for attending Lane and how she came to find out about Lane College. Enjoy!

Lane College has the following Divisions:

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Business and Social and Behavioral Science

Liberal Studies and Education

Natural and Physical Sciences

S/O to you @CorieRaine for knowing what your interests were in High School. Also S/O to the Boys and Girls Club for introducing the youth to HBCUs!

Thanks again @CorieRaine! We look forward to your graduation from Lane College in the future!

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05th Sep2011

Shelia Williams – Edward Waters College

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“Let nothing stop you from achieving your dreams. Don’t let someone else’s circumstance hinder you from greatness. ….never forget where we came from, reach back and help another, but above all, become a productive viable citizen.”

C/O 1981

Major: Sociology 

How did you decide to become a student at Edward Waters College?

It was time to make a change for the better.

What professors at Edward Waters 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. Hightower, Psychology Professor; Mrs. Gaither, Sociology; the late Dr. Umana, Velma Bannerman (“The first African American teacher, Velma King Bannerman, was hired by the Reading school district in 1957.” Nubian Queen Velma Bannerman’s soul lives forever through those she taught she has now joined the ancestors). Each one of these teachers shared life and academic skills unmatached in my life. Dr. Hightower bestowed the skilled of knowing and understanding that knowledge.

Along with Mrs. Gaither and others listed, they taught me to soar. Mrs. Bannerman saw a vision in me and today I thank her for introducingDelta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to me. Without her there would be no Omicron Beta Chapter at our school. Collectively, these role models continue to influence my life in every way. That is the way it’s done at “E-Dub”, nurture, teach, guide, engage, explore, soar. But, never forget where we came from, reach back and help another, but above all, become a productive viable citizen.

What is the story of your “experience” at Edward Waters College given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious HBCU?

Same as above

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

Hit the SUB. We were adult students also, so, we had our own places. Club Stepping Out, Jazzco, you know!

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

Jenkins BBQ, period.

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The Proud Men that make Jenkins Quality Bar-B-Que a Success! ; Image Courtesy of Jenkins Quality Barbeque

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

Go Tigers Go!

Who was your College crush?

Roland Banks

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

Came to school and got to work.

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

I chose Sociology because it was relevant to my life. For over 35 years this major has served me well in many professional settings. (There is an Annual Conference held by the Association Of Black Sociologists if you are interested)

What has been your proudest moment @ Edward Waters College?

I would be remiss if I did not mention several: When the school received full accreditation; when I became a Senator in the SGA; when I was crowned Miss Senior and last but not least; when we chartered our chapter for our sorority, and of course graduating.

What was your saddest moment @ Edward Waters College?

My saddest moment was when we learned of the death of Dr. Umana. He is missed.

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

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I pledged because of the great works the women before me had accomplished and what the organization was doing in the community. We are the first undergraduatechapter of DST in Jacksonville, Fl. Omicron Beta Chapter. We had the distinct pleasure of having a beloved founder W.C.Alexander at our ceremony and it was her birthday. Need I say more!!! (lol)

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

On campus I was active in the Student Government Association, Delta Sigma Theta, honor student, and evening student organization.

Where was the “yard” located?

ON THE CENTENNIAL LAWN. TIME TO STROLL!!

What and where were the historical places on campus?

Centennial Library, Tookes Library, Admin Building, Salter Hall

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Centennial Hall on "E-Dub"'s Campus | Image Courtesy of Blackpast.Org

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Tookes Library on Edward Water's College Campus

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

N/A

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.)

N/A

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 foundation and guidance.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I discovered passion for and in life when attending Dr. Hightowers lectures, it made so much sense. His teachings put it all together for me. All I had to do was go live it.

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

Dare to be different. I heard past Jaguar Head Coach, Tom Coughlin say, “Respect all, Fear None”.

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

Let nothing stop you from achieving your dreams. Don’t let someone else’s circumstance hinder you from greatness. You can do all things with the help of He that is Greater.

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