02nd Jun2016

Tanishia Henderson – Florida A&M University ’05

by Staff

“Dr. Michael Thompson who was then the head of the College of Pharmacy clinical department now the Dean. He had so much knowledge and he knew how to break it down for you to understand.”

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FAMU Graduation 2005 | Image Credit: Tanishia Henderson

Name
Tanishia Henderson

Your HBCU?
Florida A & M University

Graduation Year?
2005

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am from Rockledge, Florida not in Arkansas. My sister graduated from Florida A & M University in 1996 with her registered nursing degree.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Since neither of our parents went to college and my sister attended an HBCU, I figured we could start a family tradition.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I graduated with my Doctorate of Pharmacy. Well, choosing it I kind of just fell upon it. I never knew what pharmacy was being a military brat we go to the doctor then walk down the hall get handed a brown bag you go home.

My highschool boss at the newspaper where I worked sat down and talked with me one day. Asked me about my future as I was thinking of not going to college but just continue working there. She asked me what subjects interest me. I said math and science. She said how about a career in Pharmacy. I said you think that fits me.

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Doctor of Pharmacy, Dr. Tanishia Henderson, Proud Graduate of HBCU, Florida A&M University | Image Credit: Tanishia Henderson

She said you are too smart to just work in advertising. So, I went home told my parents they were very excited. Me I still had no idea what was going on.

My first day at orientation they told us the degree had changed to a six year degree right then in there panic struck I almost walked out. I got sick while at college went to doctor they handed me a script instead of brown bag. I called my mom crying saying they just gave me a piece of paper. She said you have to go to Walgreens or at that time Eckerds.

Sooo, that summer I decided it was time to get an internship to better understand what I just got myself into. Needless to say 17 years later I’m still with the same company!

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

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My life! | Image Credit: Tanishia Henderson

For me since I was blessed that my parents would put my sister and I thru school I never had to deal with financial aid and I knew my job was to go to school and get done. I also, stayed off campus so…

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

My first time experience would be in 1994 when my sister invited me and best friend to homecoming that year. I was so excited as a freshman in highschool. Thru connections we were able to enjoy some after parties. But to see so many future Minority professionals in the making in one spot having a good time. The energy in the atmosphere that weekend. I knew then I would follow in her footsteps with college. I never visited any other colleges.

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

Dean Dr. Michael D. Thompson, PharmD, BCNSP florida a&m university famu

Dean Dr. Michael D. Thompson, PharmD, BCNSP florida a&m university famu

Dr. Michael Thompson who was then the head of the College of Pharmacy clinical department now the Dean. He had so much knowledge and he knew how to break it down for you to understand. His passion made you excited to go to his class everyday. His notes to this day I still have. He also, got to know you. Took time to listen to you if you needed to talk. Very down to earth.

Also, Ms. Deborah Taylor she was an administrator but more for me an advisor. She was my safe spot when I just needed to get away. She allowed me to talk to her thru the rough times to keep me going!

Questions about FAMU? About being a Pharmacist?

IG: drtanishia
Twitter: @TanishiaHdoc
Facebook: DrTanishia Henderson

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19th May2016

Blair Polite – Florida A & M University – 2018

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

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

Name
Blair Polite

Your HBCU?
Florida A & M University

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

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

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

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

Major? Why did you choose it?

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

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

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

Questions about FAMU? Respectfully ask Blair!

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02nd Feb2016

Tokiwa Smith – Florida A & M University – 2001

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Tokiwa Smith (@tokiwana), an alumnus of Florida A & M University (c/o 2001), STEM educator and entrepreneur  gives us and YOU insight into her HBCU Experience as part of the FAMUly on the highest of the 7 Hills!

Tokiwa Smith, proud alumnus of Florida A & M University, c/o 2001

Tokiwa Smith, proud alumnus of Florida A & M University, c/o 2001

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I grew up in Miami, Florida. I have two aunts that are graduates of HBCU’s, Florida A & M University and Fort Valley State University. Growing up in Miami, there were a lot of HBCU alumni. Several of the women that were a part of the village that helped raised me where FAMU alumni and my childhood dentist were FAMU alumni.

Growing up in Miami, I attended several events at Florida Memorial University and remember going to parades were the Marching 100 were a part of the parades.

The other HBCU’s that I was introduced to as a child were Bethune Cookman College (now University), Grambling State University, Xavier, Howard University, North Carolina A & T University, Albany State, Tuskegee University, Southern University and the Atlanta University Center (AUC = Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and the Morehouse School of Medicine)

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose to attend an HBCU over a PWI, because I wanted to spend my college years in an environment that would prepare me academically and provide a nurturing environment while preparing for my post graduation options. I also know that when you are at a HBCU, you know that recruiters are looking to hire students of African descent; that isn’t always the case at PWI.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I majored in chemical engineering. I chose that major because as I child, I grew up always loving and excelling in math and science. In 10th grade, I discovered that my favorite STEM discipline was chemistry. Majoring in chemical engineering allowed me to combine my love of chemistry and math as well as gave me more post graduation career opportunities if I decide to delay or not attend graduate school than if I majored in chemistry.

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

I had a great experience at FAMU, I truly experienced “excellence with caring” while matriculating through FAMU. The majority of my professors cared about my academic success as well as provided guidance with my personal and professional development.

In addition to academics, I had access to activities and resources that prepared me for my post graduation opportunities such as a great career center, STEM professional societies and STEM research opportunities. The most importantly, you become a part of the FAMUly, where no matter when you attended once you one of your fellow Rattlers, they show you love and if you ask for support they do what they can to support you.

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

I had several professors that impacted me in and out of the classroom, Mr. Harvey my Calculus 1 and 2 professor that gave me confidence in my ability to do higher level math and taught me that it is okay to ask for support when I need it.

Dr. Wesson, currently the VP of Research and Development at UMES; Image Credit: UMES.edu

Dr. Wesson, currently the VP of Research and Development at UMES; Image Credit: UMES.edu

Dr. Wesson (pictured above), my chemical engineering professor that taught me in multiple of my major courses and I still have a relationship with today. Dr. Wesson is the person that taught me the importance of being connected with STEM professional societies and networking. He also taught me not to make career choices based on salary, but based on the direction you want to take your career and the opportunities that are presented to you.

Social Network Info.

My personal twitter handle is @tokiwana and people are more than welcome to contact me on LinkedIn.

I’m a STEM educator and social entrepreneur that has a nonprofit SEM Link, whose website is www.semsuccess.org and a consulting firm Kemet Educational Services whose website is www.kemeteducation.com

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02nd Sep2013

Deme Davis – Florida A&M University ’18

by Staff

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Focused and Intelligent, soon-to-be high school graduate Deme Davis shares with us her reasons for choosing to make the Distinguished Halls of Florida A&M University her home.[/dropshadowbox]

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Member of the FAMUly, Deme Davis embodies intelligence and beauty; Enjoy a great interview! | Image Credit: Deme Davis

 

Where were you born and raised?

Born in Tampa, Fl . Raised in Adel, Georgia.

How would you describe your high school experience and environment?

My high school experience was great. I did everything I wanted to do, I meet a lot of new friends. The environment was nothing less than what Southern Hospitality has to offer:)

What extra curricular activities did you participate in?

I was a dancer with the band, SGA, Captain of our HS Step Team, Track&Field, President of our DeltaGEMS (also on Facebook), and Advertisement Manager for our journalism program.

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

I actually sent mine my junior year, early graduation:)

How did you first learn about HBCUs?

My Aunt is a FAMU alum. so she took me to my first classic when i was 6 ( Fam vs. Bcu ) and ever since then I became more interested in learning more about HBCUs. Once I did my research I fell in love with the HBCU life, history & everything they stood for & I fell in love with FAMU in particular.

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 counselor was knowledgeable.

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

Me being a black female, in the world we live in today I wanted to be around my own people so I could encourage them & uplift them, be there to tell them “Keep it up, you’re doing great!”.

Not just females, but males too.

HBCUs have so much rich history &I feel as though when it comes to Colleges & universities HBCUs have the strongest “family” bond.

Which HBCU did you decide to attend? And why?

FAMU. I chose to attend FAM for their nursing & criminal justice. For the band, the school pride & the bond of the FAMUly .

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

Nursing, you can always find a job in nursing.

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The Stellar School of Nursing at FAMU | Image Credit: famu.edu

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

Well, I am a junior but I’m an early graduate so take my advice with a grain of salt but I say, if you want to do something don’t let anyone talk you out of it especially if it’s something positive like early graduation.

Live your life for YOU & enjoy HS, I feel like I was just a freshman the other day. Lol

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Having trouble with your college application? Need some direction in choosing your major? Contact Deme![/dropshadowbox]

E-Mail: minellydavis[AT]yahoo.com

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22nd Jul2013

Angelica Washington – Florida A&M University ’09

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[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Knowing she wanted to attend college from her days in elementary school, HBCU Alum Angelica Washington shares her Florida A&M University experience, favorite professor, advice to high schoolers, and much more.[/dropshadowbox]

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Angelica Washington bka “Miss Popularity” in her “FAMU Green” | Image Credit: Angelica Washington

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

I’m from the great city of Atlanta, GA. I was probably hearing about HBCUs in the womb. We have more HBCU graduates than PWI graduates in my family.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU because I’ve been going to “historically black” schools my entire life (I’m talking pre-school through high school) and I couldn’t see myself not going to an HBCU.

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

I was originally dead set on going to an HBCU in Atlanta but in the 11th grade my marketing class took a trip to FAMU to tour the top-rated School of Business and Industry. During this particular trip, it happened to be election week and so it was an amazing experience. Also, after taking my trip, a couple in my church (who are also alumni) made it their mission to get me in the orange and the green.

What professors at Florida A&M University left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

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Professor Gina Kinchlow, FAMU | Image Credit: sjgc.famu.edu

If you know me, you know the one person I will mention is Prof. Gina Kinchlow (her YouTube Channel). SHE IS THE BEST. She was my PR professor for two years. She molded and guided me in, and out, of the classroom. She is one of the smartest, wisest, kindest women I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I still keep in touch with her to this day.

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

My experience was awesome. I had some of the best professors/professionals in the field teaching me how to perfect my craft. I was in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. This school has won just about every journalism award a college could win, for print and broadcast. Not to mention, the gem that is PRodigy Public Relations Firm (on Facebook). I wouldn’t trade my experience for anyone else’s.

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“The 2012 Women’s Conference begins on Mon. March 26. The theme: Young, Gifted & Black. It is going to be #EPIC!” | Image Credit: PRodigy PR Firm facebook page

How did Florida A&M University prepare you for a diverse workplace?

Contrary to popular belief, HBCUs are some of the most diverse schools on the planet. I met people from all over the world and it taught me that just because they categorize us all as “black,” doesn’t mean we have the same culture or ethnic background (meaning, a person could look black American but be Jamaican, Haitian, South African, Brazilian, etc.).

How did Florida A&M University help you to transition into your careers workforce?

Like most schools, we were required to do internships just about every year. We also had to shadow professionals in our field. Those required experiences along with the high level of expectation from my professors made it easy to go to the workforce post-graduation.

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

Lake Ella. Hands down. Number one. lol

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

O’leans. Hands down. You get a refrigerator of food on your plate for a few bucks.

I also love Hobbit Hoagies… Carolina Gold wings, cheese curly fries and a sweet tea. Yes Gawd!

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

The “Rattler Charge,” it still moves me when I hear it. My favorite show of school spirit is throwing the strike and hissing. No words needed.

Who was your College crush?

Ch… Next question.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I wasn’t nervous. I had a countdown clock on my phone. I was ready.

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

My major was public relations. I chose it because it fit who I am. I love to talk, meet new people, go new places and make good money. PR afforded me with all of those opportunities.

What was your proudest moment @ Florida A&M University?

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Angelica Washington graduating with Honours from FAMU in 2009 | Image Credit: Angelica Washington

My proudest moment is graduating. I know it sounds cliche but through all of the ups and very few downs, I made it. Not many people can say they did. It’s easier to get in to school than it is to get out.

My whole life, I’ve wanted to go to and graduate from college (seriously, even when I was little, I wanted to skip high school and go straight to college) so actually achieving that dream was awesome.

What was your saddest moment @ Florida A&M University?

My saddest moment was when a DJ in our freshman class had a brain aneurysm after lunch leaving the cafe. When we saw him, we thought maybe he’d just gotten overheated but later that night when we heard what happened everyone was in disbelief. I also had a classmate to die in a car accident our junior year. It was so tragic because I’d just seen her the week before.

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

I did not pledge. I will say it’s not for my lack of trying. I’m looking at graduate chapters now.

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

I was EVERYWHERE! lol One of my friends called me “Miss Popularity.” She said I knew everyone and everyone knew me, which I don’t think is true but you know how it goes. I was in SGA, class cabinet, PRodigy, PRSSA, and a host of other stuff. I was also at just about every event cutting up with my crew.

Where was the “yard” located?

“The Set” is at the top of campus, where the Grand Ballroom is. Every Friday you could catch me in the mix, unless it was raining. And, yes, I did trip on The Set (I’m a real Rattler lol).

What and where were the historical places on campus?

FAMU is a historic place so, everywhere!

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

Yes, of course. Allegedly, someone died in Sampson and Young (the boys dorm) and a girl was killed in Wheatley (the girls dorm). I say “allegedly” because who knows?

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

First love, first road trip, first heartbreak, first time being completely and utterly broke, first time skipping and being late for class.

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

I’m continuing your dream. I will make you proud.

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

“Don’t be afraid of going after your dreams. Take advantage of every moment.”

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

The first time I was paying bills, working, going to school and I had a boyfriend. This was all post-undergrad but still, that was the moment. Being an adult isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For real. Pardon me, I’m still in my quarter-life crisis.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I actually just discovered my passion in life about a month ago. Which means I’ll be heading back to the Hill soon. It took losing my job, getting a job I can’t stand, and graduating with an M.A. that I realized isn’t my passion, for me to discover that, but I’m glad I’m still young.

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

I was in the art club, math club, and a few things I can’t remember. I didn’t do a lot because I figured I would save all of my energy for college.

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

Be thorough, re-read before you submit, let someone else read through it (especially if you have essay questions).

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

You remember that people are ignorant and some are willingly ignorant. The hard part is accepting it for what it is and moving on. Don’t waste energy on it.

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

You only have one life and even when you’re gone the world keeps spinning. Do everything you can to make a positive impact on the world. Exude positive energy always.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Questions about selecting your major? Completing the FAMU Application? Respectfully reach out to Angelica!

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15th Jul2013

Randy Henley – Florida A&M University ’13

by Staff

Living proof that churches do so much more than just preach a sermon, Future Internationally-Known,  Sports and Entertainment attorney Randy Henley shares with us his HBCU experience at Florida A&M University.

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Future Sports and Entertainment attorney Randy Henley | Image Credit: Randy Henley

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Where are you from? How did you first hear about HBCUs?[/dropshadowbox]

I was born in Fort Lauderdale Fl but I was raised between Miami and Memphis Tennessee.

While in Memphis I attended Olivet Baptist Church and Melrose High school in the historic Orange Mound neighborhood. It was a combination of the two that exposed me to some phenomenal HBCU alum and the culture. I was intrigued.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

The idea that I could receive a comparable education and a cultural immersion experience that would show and expose me to a side of my people that I had not fully experienced or understood while growing up.

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

FAMU has a rich and storied history here and abroad. Beyond that, the few Black male educators that I was fortunate to run across had walked these hallowed hills. We say “those who walk these hallowed hills must choose to give back to them.” I guess you can say I am a part of what they have given back to continue the legacy.

What professors at Florida A&M University left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

Are you trying to get me caught up in a case of bias? There are so many. Dr. Dana Dennard (article feat. Dr. Dennard / video below), Dr. Kinchlow, Dr. Carolyn Council,and the entire Psychology Department.

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Dr. Dennard educating the young mind of a student at FAMU | Image Credit: thefamuanonline.com

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

The best way to put it is to say in climbing this hill, there are things that you will need and things you will need to leave as you go along the path if you are to reach the zenith.

That simply means FAMU changed me from a boy with hopes and dreams into a man with plans and goals. I am now ready to make my mark on this great world.

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

HA! I have this open air spot that overlooks the entire city with campus at your back. It’s pretty awesome but I’m as single as a lost dollar bill. Most people like the gazebos around campus.

Really, being on a hill provides nice views from most buildings and even certain open spaces on the ground. I see young couples enjoying these spots regularly and I have to laugh at memories.

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Coleman Library in the Early Evening | Img Credit: Rattlernation.blogspot.com/

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

Olean’s! They have some pretty good soul food and Ms. Olean believes in piling your plate without emptying your pocket. Lindy’s is pretty good too.

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Baked chicken, green beans w/potatoes, Mac n cheese, greens, sweet cornbread muffin, red velvet cake !YUM!| Image Credit: Marie F. / Yelp

There are other places but, those are mostly chains that can be in any city.

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

“Do you wanna be a (insert competition’s puny mascot)? Hell nah!” 2x “So what ya gonna do? Go to FAMU!”2x

Then there is the most ominous STRIKE. No words are needed. The hissing and the strike have a way of rousing the crowd more than any chant.

Who was your College crush?

Is this being recorded? I plead the fifth!

No, seriously… I was infatuated with my high school star for a long time. Beyond that, I wouldn’t call them crushes.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I’m not sure I was ever really nervous. I’ve moved around so much in life that I never have a lasting problem with adjusting.

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

Psychology. I wanted to understand the very foundation of humanity, the way the mind works. This foundation is used to understand all realms and all levels of interaction. [other Psychology majors]

What was your proudest moment @ Florida A&M University?

The day a freshman told me that he had been told to find me for guidance. It’s crazy how lost you think you are until someone asks you for advice that you can actually deliver.

What was your saddest moment @ Florida A&M University?

November 19, 2011. I’m an athletic trainer at my university, and I had just gotten back to my apartment here in Tallahassee since we got on the road immediately after the game. I was sitting and discussing the weekend with my brother.

We both happened to glance at Twitter at the same time and we saw it. “Rest in peace to FAMU’s fallen drum major” It read like a nightmare in text.

Sadly, many of us can’t honestly remember the culture of FAMU before Robert Champion lost his life. I knew that night FAMU would never be the same. I didn’t want it to. We needed to make major changes if FAMU would survive.

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

I didn’t. My level of interest was never sufficient for me to waste space in someone’s organization when I knew I’d never be a productive member.

It makes no sense to join an organization and not be productive.

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

I may be the king of volunteers. I also worked as a peer sex health educator. I hated it at times but students began to call me the “condom man” because I was the guy to look for if you needed condoms, lube, dental dams, screenings, or just answers.

Where was the “yard” located?

The world renowned FAMU Set. The Set is actually a stretch of about 200 yards that spans the central portion of campus from between Lee Hall (administration) and the Quadrangle to Student Activities.

What and where were the historical places on campus?

ALL of the buildings. Many of our buildings are designated historical landmarks. There’s Coleman Library (affectionately called Club Coleman) which once housed the FAMU College of LAW before the state abruptly voted to close the program and divert funds to the neighboring PWI to start a law school.

The building I frequent most is Foote-Hilyer Administration Complex (FHAC) which houses the bulk of our administration offices, our clinic, and financial aid.

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FHAC on FAMUs Campus | Image Credit: Rattlernation.blogspot.com

Foote-Hilyer was initially opened to serve as the only hospital for people of color in northern Florida. The full-service hospital was owned and maintained by the university as a service to the community.

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

I was once asked if I believed the stray cats that roam campus could be the spirits of past university presidents that keep a constant watch over the university.

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.)

Jeez! I’ve had so many firsts since I arrived here. There was my first un-chaperoned road trip, my first job interview, my first job which had nothing to do with my first interview, and many more.

There were also the more illicit first time which include alcohol and other substances.

The funny thing is the idea that parents, faculty, and law enforcement have seen it a million times and know how to guide you beyond it even if they don’t intervene in a conventional manner.

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

You paved the way and told me I could make it through. I half believed you but I had no clue how it would happen. Here I am now. I wish you were here. I understand that you were ready to move on to the next step. I know you see it all and that is what held me when things got shaky. Thank you.

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

I was there and I made it. You’re there and you will make it too.

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

The day my mom called to ask if I needed anything as far as food and bills but I ended the call by telling her I was sending her some money for her bills and leisure.

When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I knew that I wanted to be an agent but never felt the power of that passion. Then I was standing on the sideline at the Florida Classic in 2010, my first year as an athletic trainer. In a span of four minutes the bands were battling as only two powerhouse bands can.

Beyond the bands though, there was the most spectacular collegiate game I’ve ever witnessed taking place on the field. The teams were fighting for true glory in the MEAC. Bethune was undefeated and FAMU was totally disrespecting that claim to fame.

They played ball in a way my high school coaches had described ball to me from years long before I came to exist. The feeling in that stadium could never truly be put into words. *I’ve attached the video of that exact span. If you listen to the announcer, you can hear exactly what was occurring on the field.

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

I was in SGA, peer counseling, marching band, orchestra, varsity football, and track & field.

How do you deal with racism if you encounter it?

I used to get angry. I’ve learned not to blame individuals for the ignorance they have inherited. It only requires my response if there is a political or physical significance.

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

My life is barely a blip on the grand timeline of existence. I will live out loud and make the most of this short ride in an effort to have something positive that lasts long beyond me.

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09th Jul2013

Yao Lydia – Florida A&M University ’15

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Future elite journalist and former “Freshman of the Year”, Yao Lydia shares with us his FAMU Experience and how it all came to fruition.

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Cherished Moments are made nationwide at our HBCUs everyday! | Image Credit: Yao Lydia

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

I am from Pompano Beach, Florida and HBCUs are just a way of life in my family. My daddy went to Talladega, Prairie View and Howard. My sister went to UDC and Howard and I go to FAMU.

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Blanche General Ely | Image Credit: blancheely.browardschools.com

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

It’s what was expected of me and it’s a tradition in my family. PWIs don’t do a well enough job of preparing blacks for today’s world. I <3 My HBCU.

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

FAMU was my 2nd choice. Howard was my 1st.

I had some application errors with Howard and it was too late to re-apply when I realized this. So a recruiter from FAMU who’s also a FAMU alum and a graduate of my High School came and visited in search of our top 10 students.

I was in the top 40. I told her my GPA and test scores. She offered me a scholarship; Within 2 weeks I applied and within a month I was accepted.

What professors at Florida A&M 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?

I really enjoyed Dr. Cohen, Ms. Sermon, Professor Reis, and Dr. Dukurugu because they taught with passion and cared about their students.

 

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Dr. Dukurugu, DrPH (@ghdokurugu on Twitter) | Image Credit: Pharmacy.famu.edu

 

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

FAMU has simply changed my life. It has made me a better man and I thank her for that.

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

THE SET!!!

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

Oleans, Hungry Howies and a lot of fast food joints. I love Oleans the most because of their Cheese grits and potatoes.

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

Let’s Go RATTLERS! I Represent Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University October 3, 1887. What????

Who is your College crush?

I won’t say lol.

How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

I realized I would be free and away from my parents.

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

Broadcast Journalism since I’ve been studying it since Middle School.

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Mr. Lydia proudly displays his love for FAMU and beloved Afrika  | Image Credit: Yao Lydia

What to date has been your proudest moment @ Florida A&M University?

Winning Freshman of the Year ^_^

What to date has been your saddest moment @ Florida A&M University?

The Death of Robert Champion.

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Robert Champion – RIP Famuly | Image Credit: Media.heavy.com

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

I’m not saying.

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

I am a Rattler Wellness Ambassador, Office of Student Activities Correspondent, A member of my Dorm’s Royal Court and Former Member of the Pride team, I also am the school’s first Mr. Set Friday.

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Mr. Lydia and His Colleagues proudly representing FAMU | Image Credit: Yao Lydia

Where is the “yard” located?

The Yard is located between Coleman Library and Lee Hall.

What and where are the historical places on campus?

Coleman Library, Lee Hall, Gaither Gym, Foote-Hilyer Administration Building

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Jake Gaither Gym at FAMU | Image Credit: FourSquare

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

Yes, I’ve heard some stories, but I’m not sure if they’re accurate.

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.)

First time campaigning.

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 used to be very arrogant and it cost me a lot of opportunities.

Questions about completing your college application? Life as a Broadcast Journalism major? Ask Yao!

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EMail: yaolydia1993[AT]gmail.com

 

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