Merlina Aventurin, Florida A & M University- c/o 2017, Journalism & Mass Communication with a concentration in Print Journalism
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I am from the beautiful island of Sint Maarten.
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Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
I choose to go to FAMU because its program in Journalism is amazing and rewarding.
"Shooting 'b' roll for our Island Flavoring documentary trailer!"
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
During my time at Florida A&M University it was trying because I was so far away from home but being in the FAMU family I felt at home.
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
Culture shock, mainly a huge transition being that I grew up in the Caribbean. The shock came when I saw how freely the environment is as far as the rules.
Coming from a somewhat strict environment to this led to the main shock. But my very first memorable experience was first going to "Step Friday", where I first saw the fraternity Kappas strolling, it was at that moment I knew I was home.
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
Alicia Hope through teaching me graphic design.
Professor Kenneth Jones for being the best professor that the FAMU Journalism department has - he inspired me to pursue videography.
Professor Angeline Taylor who saw something special in me and appointed me to be assistant layout editor for thee FAMUAN.
Category : Alumni
Florida A & M University
- Athletics: Florida A&M University is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and participates in NCAA Division I-AA. FAMU offers men's sports in baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming, tennis and track and field. It offers women's sports in basketball, bowling, softball, swimming, wrestling, tennis, track and field and volleyball.
- Notable Alumni: Wilbert Bryant - Former Secretary of Education of Virginia** Raymond A. Brown - Attorney whose clients included Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and "Dr. X" physician Mario Jascalevich  Arthur R. Collins - 1982 - Founding partner of the Collins Johnson group, a strategy, policy and communications firm established in 2011** John W. Thompson - 1971 - Chairman and former President and CEO, Symantec Corporation; former VP IBM; part owner of the Golden State Warriors** Corrine Brown - 1969 - Current U.S. Congresswoman Andrew Gillum - Current Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida Alcee L. Hastings - Current U.S. Congressman Mia L. Jones - 1991 - Current member of the Florida House of Representatives Gwendolyn M. Miller - Chairwoman of the City Council in Tampa, Florida, District 1 David Scott - Current U.S. Representative from Georgia's 13th congressional district John W. Williams - Current Inspector General of the South Florida Water Management District Althea Gibson - Tennis player Daniel Sunjata - Actor, Broadway actor Gregory Anderson - Film producer (Tri-Destined Studios) Rob Hardy - Film producer (Rainforest Productions) T'Keyah Crystal Keymah - Actress Pam Oliver - Sports anchor William Packer - Film producer (Rainforest Productions) Angela Pitts - Contestant on Flavor of Love 3 and winner of I Love Money 2 Angela Robinson - Actress Anika Noni Rose - Tony Award-winning actress Peyton Alex Smith - Actor Common - attended - Music Artist K.Michelle - R&B singer Tyrese Gibson - attended - Singer, actor, author and producer stic.man - Member of hip-hop group Dead Prez M-1 - Member of hip-hop group Dead Prez Bernard Kinsey - Owner of one of the largest African-American art collections
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