Korressa Williams, Fisk University- c/o 2011, Physics
Name : Korressa Williams
HBCU : Fisk University
Graduation Year : 2011
Major : Physics
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
I decided to attend Fisk University in order to take advantage of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters to PhD Bridge Program.
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
My experience at Fisk, so far, has been really positive. The staff has always been available when I needed help.
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
When I first arrived at Fisk, Dr. Arnold Burger gave me a hug and said “welcome”. Then we had a meeting, and he agreed to be my advisor and said he would do his best to help me reach my academic and professional goals.
Best restaurants on/near campus? Best dishes?
- Athletics: Fisk University is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I level, primarily competing in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, tennis and track & field; women's sports include basketball, cross country, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
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