30th Jun2016

Ashley Sidney – Grambling State University ’19

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“My first college football game against Bethune Cookman in fall 2015. It was very exciting, the crowd, the band, the dancers. It was everything I expected and some.”

“Representing my school at all times!”|Image Credit: Ashley Sidney

Name
Ashley Sidney

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2019

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Houston, Tx. I have a friend who was always talking about HBCU bands, more so Prairie View and that kind of got me into it. I asked him a few questions and I informed myself on the rest.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose to attend an HBCU over a PWI because, majority of my grade school years, there was a mixture of black, mostly hispanics and other races, and I wanted to know what it was like being at a school with people the same race as me all challenging ourselves for a higher education. Also there are life changing opportunities at HBCU’s that wouldn’t be available to us at a PWI.

Major? Why did you choose it?

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@whatsupwithFSUB|Image Credit: Ashley Sidney

I’m majoring in Leisure Studies. I chose that major because I like to stay active. The human body and how it moves fascinates me. I would like to help people stay active and live a healthier lifestyle.

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

Well I don’t have much of a story right now, just a few paragraphs. I’m still at the beginning of my story, but as I go into my sophomore year there will be much more to discuss on my experience. So far my experience has been great. I’m glad to say that Grambling will soon be my alma mater.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

At the Erykah Badu concert during Homecoming 2015

“At the Erykah Badu concert during Homecoming 2015!”|Image Credit: Ashley Sidney

Well, I have a few first time experiences. My first college football game against Bethune Cookman in fall 2015. It was very exciting, the crowd, the band, the dancers. It was everything I expected and some. My first Erykah Badu concert was during Homecoming week and it was phenomenal.

And Bayou Classic, one of the best rivalry games in the south was the best way to end the season with no loss in our conference. (Also my first time being in New Orleans.)

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

Professors that have impacted my life in and out of the classroom are Mr. Seals and Mrs. Calvin. If I need any help whether it’s with a recommendation or some help understanding an assignment,

Mr. Seals will explain it thoroughly. Mrs. Calvin is more of making sure I’m focused and to strive for better.

Questions about being a Leisure Studies Major? Or attending Grambling State? Respectfully ask Ashley!

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27th Jun2016

Terrian Woolridge – Grambling State University ’18

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“My experience at Grambling State University has been great so far and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.”

Terrian Woolridge - Grambling State University '18

Terrian Woolridge, Proud Member of the #GramFam at Grambling State University (Class of 2018)|Image Credit: Terrian Woolridge

Name
Terrian Woolridge

Your HBCU?
Grambling State University

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from New Orleans, La and I was introduced to HBCUs by my boyfriends mother and I liked them and decided to attend one.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU because I heard so much about them and I wanted to experience how it would be to attend a school with majority blacks and I love it.

Major? Why did you choose it?

My major is biology because I have always loved science.

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

My experience at Grambling State University has been great so far and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

I love my HBCU ! #GramFam


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

The professors that impacted my life in and out of the classroom are Dr. Stewart, Dr.Burkes, and Dr.Franklin. They are extraordinary people and always are willing to help or give advice when I need it.

Questions about GSU? Respectfully contact Terrian!

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21st Jun2016

Dre’Quan Cooley – Jackson State University ’18

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“Once I went on a tour of Jackson State I did not want to visit any other college due to the fun filled environment as well as the home feeling of the campus.”

Dre'Quan Cooley - Jackson State University '18

Dre’Quan Cooley of Jackson State University, Class of ’18|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley

Name
Dre’Quan Cooley

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Laurel Mississippi. I was researching for affordable colleges in my state and ran across Jackson State University still not knowing what an HBCU was.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Once I went on a tour of Jackson State I did not want to visit any other college due to the fun filled environment as well as the home feeling of the campus. That’s one of the main reasons why I would choose an HBCU OVER a PWI.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Dre'Quan Cooley Jackson State University 2018

JSU Business Marketing Major Dre’Quan Cooley|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley

My major is Business Marketing, I chose this major due to how diverse the major is within the business world.

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

Being at an HBCU, especially Jackson State University teaches a person how to become socially aware of the things happening in our communities and in the world that we live in. Coming into Jackson State ready to further my education, that was the only thing on my mind.

Later I found out that it is about academics as well as networking and stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things you may have never done before. It helps build a person for the real world especially when you want to become successful in your craft basically what you major in and whatever you may want to do in your life, not only career wise but these things can help a person out in everyday situations.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

Dre'Quan Cooley - Jackson State University '18|

“…stepping out of your comfort zone which I believe is a huge benefactor to all incoming freshmen as well as college students…” – Dre’Quan Cooley – Jackson State University ’18|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley

My first experience was really just introducing myself to others not really knowing how to do so, but I came around it took quite a while but I came out of my shell. Which leads to stepping out of your comfort zone which I believe is a huge benefactor to all incoming freshmen as well as college students who haven’t had the courage to step up and speak or do things in a manner that they think should be said or done.

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

One of the most recent professors I have to say that has impacted my life would be Dr. Crump he has really just shown me that as a student I have more potential that I have given myself to become that boss I plan to be in the near future.

Questions about being a Business Marketing major? Life at JSU? Respectfully contact Dre’Quan!

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Email: drequancooley@gmail.com

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15th Jun2016

Kennedy Watson – Dillard University ’19

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“I decided my Senior year of high school that an HBCU would be the best option for me because each HBCU embraces its culture and pushes you to become aware of many important events that are not taught to us in K-12 textbooks/classrooms.”

Kennedy Watson - Dillard University '19

Kennedy Watson of Dillard University, Class of 2019, Business Admin major!| Image Credit: Kennedy Watson

Name
Kennedy Watson

Your HBCU?
Dillard University

Graduation Year?
2019

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I was born in Englewood,New Jersey—but was raised mostly in Mobile, Alabama. I was introduced to HBCU’s by my parents. They attended Dillard University.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Throughout my childhood I struggled with accepting dark complexion.

Moreover, in my eyes at a young age, everyone had lighter skin than I did. The schools I attended in grade school seemed to only have very few people that looked like me.

I decided my Senior year of high school that an HBCU would be the best option for me because each HBCU embraces its culture and pushes you to become aware of many important events that are not taught to us in K-12 textbooks/classrooms.

I also chose an HBCU because of how strong Dillard’s networking is. I believe it’s important to have access to job shadowing, internships, scholarships, etc.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. I chose this field because in my twenties I will own a funeral home, a coffee shop, and a Women’s Empowerment Organization.

Technically, “I don’t need a college degree to own a funeral home,” but an undergraduate degree is almost required to have. By majoring in Business at Dillard University I will be prepared for the business world and connected with top of line resources.

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

Kennedy Watson of Dillard University, Class of 2019

Kennedy and her DillardU family at an event!|Image Credit: Kennedy Watson

I have experienced the close-knit family feeling, hospitality, and networking that I was looking for in an HBCU.

At Dillard, and many other HBCU’s we have Fried Chicken days (Monday’s). But what stands out about my institution is that we also have the New Orleans tradition of red beans and rice every Monday, and fried fish every Friday.

Like every other university, students get tired of the cafeteria food. But, I can always rely on our President, Dr. Kimbrough (@hiphopprez), to have a lecture where he provides a more upscale selection of food! My experience has been one in a million thus far and has connected me with great people to help guide me on the right path.

As soon as I got to Dillard I decided to join organizations that would be influential to my growth and career: Class Council, Cheerleading, Sister to Sister, Pre Alumni Council, and most recent–SGA. These organizations have kept/keep me focused on my studies because of the grade point average you need to have to be a part of them; so they make me stay focused.

I believe being a part of organizations in college makes the year go by faster, gives you a voice on campus, and more.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

My first time experiences were: Having a roommate. Being able to stay out however late I wanted to.

Going on Bourbon Street/Downtown NOLA with friends.

Meeting great people like Michael Eric Dyson, Mara Brock Akil, Dr. Saniko, Terrence J., Migos, August Alsina, Laurence Ross, and more.

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

Many of my professors have impacted my life, but Dr. Watts has impacted me the most. He instructs an African World Studies class and I walked away with vital knowledge of Africa that I was never introduced to.

He taught us that, “We know what we know, and we don’t know what we don’t know, because of the politics of knowledge.” This is one of the most profound statements I have ever heard.

Questions about being a Business Admin major? Attending DillardU? Respectfully ask Kennedy!

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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?

Yolicia Mitchell - Clark Atlanta University '19

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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06th Jun2016

Kyle Kidd-Buckner – Jackson State University ’17

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“I learned about HBCUs through my family, all of my relatives attended HBCUs and received their degree…”

Kyle Kidd-Buckner - Jackson State University '17

“The beginning of my story at Jackson State has been nothing less than a “faith trip.”|Image Credit: Image Captured by Cara Gonzales, Shared with us by Kyle Kidd-Buckner

Name
Kyle Kidd-Buckner

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Birmingham, Alabama but currently live in Los Angeles when not in school. I learned about HBCUs through my family, all of my relatives attended HBCUs and received their degree, however late in my life I moved to Los Angeles and never got the chance to experience an HBCU.

I realized however while attended a PWI in California, it doesn’t give me the drive, passion, or the feel of black excellence that I know I would receive at an HBCU.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a PWI because it’s something magical and life changing that happens when the intelligence, grace, and love from the black culture pours out on to you. I could of chose to breeze through college at a PWI and never truly become impacted at my school, or I could of chose a life changing experience that would give me a total different look on life and my culture.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Kyle Kidd-Buckner - Jackson State University '17

Mass Comm. Major and Student-Athlete, Kyle Kidd-Buckner of Jackson State University, Class of 2017|Image Credit: Kyle Kidd-Buckner

I’m a Mass Communication Major with emphasis in Multimedia Journalism and minor in Speech.

I chose this major because since a young age I’ve always been a great speaker on various subjects placed in front of me and an excellent writer.

Lately, in life I began to find my passion in Track and Field, I became infatuated with the sport from the inside and out. I plan to use this degree and blend it with my passion for Track and Field and become an ESPN & NBC Sports Analyst for Track and Field.

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

Kyle Kidd-Buckner - Jackson State University '17

Future Sports Analyst Kyle Kidd-Buckner of Jackson State University, Class of 2017|Image Credit: Kyle Kidd-Buckner

The beginning of my story at Jackson State has been nothing less than a “faith trip.” Less than a month before attended I broke down in my dorm at my PWI believing that I was at a brick wall in my life. I prayed and gathered myself, until this day I still don’t know how I found my way to Jackson State website.

I applied hoping this was God directing me to there, as of today, I completed my first semester at Jackson State and was elected Vice President of Programming for Campus Activities Board. My experience has been faith-filled.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

Coming in I did not know anybody, I didn’t know how the semester worked but I knew I wanted to get to work. However, I experienced the power of black excellence quickly.

To see young men and women “dress to impress” but not only dressing the part but highly intelligent as well. It made me re-evaluate what I’ve been doing to get towards my career and I made a change and told myself, ” I need to get in the game and make myself known”.

After constant networking, working in class, I became the first student out of Jackson State to become a writer for HBCUBuzz, #1 News Source for HBCUs and Writer for CampusLATELY, the #1 Collegiate Marketing Firm. All within one semester.

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

Professor Bonnie L Jackson - Kyle Kidd-Buckner – Jackson State University ’17

(L to R) Calling Panther Heritage Foundation board members Jim Shannon, attorney (left); Perry Hood, vice chair; Daphine Foster, chair; Renee Marable, board member; James Mitchell, treasurer; and Bonnie Jackson, secretary.|Image Credit: JacksonState.wordpress.com

Professor Bonnie L. Jackson, was my mentor coming into this past semester who helped me through the ropes of Mass Communication.

She constantly helped with writing my news articles for HBCU Buzz, she always pushed me to dig deeper in my writing and stick to the facts of the story.

I took this advice and applied myself deeper into my stories and ultimately wrote one of my most biggest stories, “Top 10 HBCUs to Develop Professional Athletes”, that received over 60k views and responses. Even after the story, she always reminds me to keep working and dig even deeper.

Questions about being a Mass Comm Major? Attending JSU? Ask Kyle!

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05th Jun2016

Taylor Monèt – Prairie View A & M University ’18

by Staff

“The Tuskegee Experience is unlike any other.”

Taylor Monèt, Former Tuskegee University Student and Current Student of Prairie View A & M University, Class of '18

Taylor Monèt, Former Tuskegee University Student and Current Student of Prairie View A & M University, Class of ’18|Image Credit: Taylor Monèt

Name
Taylor Monèt

Your HBCU?
Prairie View A & M University

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from the west side of Chicago, Illinois. My grandmother introduced me to Tuskegee University being that my deceased great grandfather attended the university. After when I had to transfer because of financial problems, Tuskegee helped me realize that as I continued my education it wouldn’t be a great experience unless I attended another HBCU.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Taylor Monèt enjoying the college life! Prairie View A&M University Tuskegee University

Taylor Monèt enjoying the college life!|Image Credit: Taylor Monèt

I chose a HBCU because of the experience I believed I would get. When you’re at an HBCU it’s the only time being African American dosen’t matter because everyone around you is African American and most of your teachers are also.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Nursing. I would like to be a Labor and Delivery nurse because I want to help underserved communities have a lower infant death rate. Loss of a child is a hard thing to over come, the mother not knowing how to take care of herself and the child during pregnancy is a big factor.

What is the story of your “experience” at Tuskegee University and Prairie View A&M University given their heralded statuses as stellar and prestigious institutions?

The Tuskegee Experience is unlike any other. It is truly a family. Tuskegee parties hard but works even harder it’s something I will never forget. And friends I’ll never part from.

Prairie View in comparison is not as great but the campus is wonderful. Continuing my education here will definitely give me a leg up in my profession.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

My first experience when I moved in with all the freshman at Tuskegee University. Adams Hall was filled with parents and girls getting ready for college.

We all had our doors open cause it was really hot in the Alabama heat. That’s when I met one of my good friends Kia she came and said how much she liked my room decorations and that started one of my many friendships at Tuskegee.

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

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Nursing and Allied Health Capping and Pinning Ceremony at Tuskegee University | Image Credit: Tuskegee.Edu

A professor that really inspired me would be Dr.Muhammad. He is one of the Nursing Chemistry teachers. He believed I could do better than the work I was putting out and pushed me to get the “A” I received in his class. He was very encouraging but he didn’t take no BS.

Questions about PVAMU? Tuskegee University? Just ask Taylor or Check out Dana Mannings’ YouTube Channel!

Questions about PVAMU? Tuskegee University? Just ask Taylor Monet

Questions about PVAMU? Tuskegee University? Just ask Taylor | Image Credit: Taylor Monet

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