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Shameka Gillespie, Johnson C. Smith University- c/o 2014, Criminology

Shameka Gillespie, Johnson C. Smith University- c/o 2014, Criminology

Name : Shameka Gillespie

HBCU : Johnson C. Smith University

Graduation Year : 2014

Major : Criminology

Email : shamekagillespie18@gmail.com

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Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*

Wingate, NC. My God mom introduced me to HBCUs

Shameka Gillespie, Johnson C. Smith University- c/o 2014, Criminology
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Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*

I chose to attend an HBCU because the sight of seeing individuals who looked like me was admiring. I enjoyed the satisfaction of seeing African-Americans as a whole bettering themselves educationally.

Shameka Gillespie, Johnson C. Smith University- c/o 2014, Criminology
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What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*

Attending an HBCU, let alone college was something new to my family and the transition was difficult at first but as the years went by I joined various organizations on campus and tried to get involved as much as possible. I’m so glad I went because I’ve met some incredible people with interesting personalities and people who kept my four years live.

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"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*

Attending homecoming and football games at the college level is a different level of fun and excitement. Before I went to college I didn’t know much about anything so it was heartfelt to watch everyone especially alumni come back to support our alma mater. These were the best first time experiences.

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

I would say all my professors honestly. In high school the teachers try to make it seem as though college professors would show extreme “tough love” but I honestly felt like they were my family, people who made sure I made it to the finish line and beyond what I imagined.

I’ve always been the great straight A student and college challenged me and my professors made sure my way of thinking always improved and that I broke out of my shell.

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

The one everyone loved. Cause we the best in the bmm bmm bmm ayyyy CI-CIIIIIIII double A!

 

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