After attending a Black College Tour covering HBCUs in Alabama, Georgia and Florida during my junior year of high school…I was completely sold that I was going to a HBCU. At that time I had convinced myself that I would attend a HBCU and not a predominantly white institution because I admired seeing African-Americans as a whole bettering themselves educationally. From this experience, I felt that the sky was the limit; if African-Americans could assist one another in obtaining an education then African-Americans could accomplish any vision. It was very empowering!
So I began a search to choose a HBCU that my parents and I could agree on because I felt destined to be apart of such an experience. They too, attended a HBCU, along with one of my brothers and various family members. And after much discussion with family members, friends and most importantly graduates of Hampton University, we decided this is where I’d give it a try. But my work wasn’t done.
I had received a full ride to an in state HBCU and my father needed to be convinced why he would willingly pay tuition for me to attend another HBCU. So we traveled to attend Hampton’s infamous “HIGH SCHOOL DAY” and he was completely sold. From the cheerfulness of the students to the administration rules and guidelines and some financial assistance as a STEM major; we were convinced that Hampton was the place for me.
I am sure that you all have a story on how and why you chose your HBCU. We invite you to share it here. Tell us what made you choose your HBCU? And do you currently admire or regret your decision to attend a HBCU ?