Dre’Quan Cooley, Jackson State University- c/o 2016, Business Marketing
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.
JSU Business Marketing Major Dre’Quan Cooley|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley
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.
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU 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?*
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!
“…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
What sports do/did you play at your HBCU? What positions?
What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?
Best restaurants on/near campus? Best dishes?
How you heard about HBCU Interview Website?
Your wildest moment at college?
What is your funniest college story? (everyone has one lol)
Jackson State University
- Athletics: Jackson State University is a member of the NCAA Division I-FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) Southwestern Athletic Conference, commonly known as the SWAC. All SWAC sports are DI with Football being FCS. Currently, the university fields teams in men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, soccer, and bowling; women's volleyball; and men's football.
- Notable Alumni: Vivian Brown - Weather Channel meteorologist** Demarco Morgan - News anchor for WNBC in New York City** Percy Greene - Founded the Jackson Advocate newspaper, Mississippi's oldest black-owned newspaper** Cassandra Wilson - Jazz vocalist and musician** Willie Norwood - American Gospel singer, father and voice coach of R&B singers Brandy and Ray J** Cornell William Brooks - 1983 - Harvard trained lawyer that served as the 18th President and CEO of the NAACP** Tony Yarber - 2004 - Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi** Malcolm D. Jackson - CIO at Environmental Protection Agency during President Barack Obama administration. He is a Presidential Appointment** Shasta Averyhardt - 2008 - Professional golfer, 1st African-American woman to qualify for the LPGA Tour since 2001, and its fourth African-American woman member in the 60-year history of the tour** Marcus Benard - 2009 - Current NFL linebacker** Walter Payton - 1975 - Pro Football Hall of Fame running back; played entire career for the Chicago Bears** Karen Taylor - Played professionally in Europe, mother of Stanley Johnson** Michael Tinsley - 2006 - Track & Field sprinter** First Lady Michelle Obama - 2016 - First African-American to serve as First Lady of the United States. She was given an honorary doctorate from Jackson State University where she served as the keynote speaker for its 2016 Spring undergraduate commencement ceremony**
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