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Tokiwa Smith, Florida A & M University- c/o 2016, Chemistry

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

Name : Tokiwa Smith

HBCU : Florida A & M University

Graduation Year : 2016

Major : Chemistry

1

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.

Dr. Wesson, currently the VP of Research and Development at UMES;
Dr. Wesson, currently the VP of Research and Development at UMES;
2

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.

3

What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU 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.

4

"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*

N/A

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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 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.

 

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