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Howard University


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Monica
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Even though the administration is not the best thing in the world here, I just love the fact that Howard University has so mu...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Even though the administration is not the best thing in the world here, I just love the fact that Howard University has so much diversity!! In these past couple of years, I have met and interacted with a variety of people (and backgrounds) not only from the different areas of the United States but from all over the world as well. I love meeting new people and being here at Howard has definitely opened up doors for that to occur. I have learned so much about myself, my peers, and my professors through these daily interactions.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

One main idea that I would stress as a word of advice to parents and/or students is to focus solely on the student as a whole. A student should take the time out of their lives, while in their last year of high school, to evaluate themselves on a more sophisticated level. They should realize that going to college is a major step that is going to determine their potential careers and futures as a whole. Parents and students together should discuss the students' aspirations, inspirations, interests, and the expectations that they have in this life. By laying this important foundation first, parents and/or students may then focus on finding the right schools that seem to be compatible and best for the student's ideal career and personal goals. Students who really want to make the most out of their college experiences should never forget who they are. I would advise students to be responsible, open-minded, motivated, ambitious, and goal-oriented. They have to remember that success is only accessible through obstacles and hardships. Students can and should only be themselves from this point forward in order to reap the illustrious benefits of college.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about my school is the fact the the administration and its members are not 100% willing to try to do anything that they can to help students in their time of need (i.e. financial aid, registration, etc). I feel as though they are unorganized and sometimes even nonchalant about the requests of the students. They prefer to give students the "run-around" in some situations which has definitely caused mental and sometimes physical distress.

Tilesha
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Advice that I would give to parents and students about finding the right college would include three things. I would urge stu...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Advice that I would give to parents and students about finding the right college would include three things. I would urge students and parents to find a college that caters to a students' professional/career goals. There are some colleges that are especially great for specific majors and it is these schools that certain students should apply for. There should be no intimidation when applying to schools that have a narrow focus, you never know what a college or university may see in your application. Secondly, I would encourage students and parents to make sure to visit a campus before choosing to attend. Pictures, virtual tours, and even taking the word of an alumni or current student can be deceiving. There is a general feeling that one can get from actually visiting a college and it is this feeling that can affirm the desire to go to that school or deter an individual from following through with that choice. Finally, I would advise students and parents to sit down together and weigh all information on prospective colleges. This final discussion should especially include financial aid options for each school. All of these things are important when picking a college/university.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how hard it would be to be so far away from my family and friends back home. It is extrememly difficult to be comfortable and fully enjoy the college experience when you miss so many people so much. However, I have overcome this struggle for 2 1/2 years, and I will continue to overcome for the next year and a half.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I always brag about how all of my professors are professionals in their fields. Every journalism teacher that I have had has had at least 20 years of experience as either a broadcast or print journalist. They have also occupied senior positions as well and have a lot to offer students training for these same positions post graduation. I love the quality of education that I receive here, and I always brag to my family and friends about how much I am learning.

Theron
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I advise parents to not foce their choice or career goals on their children. I advise the children to travel away from home ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I advise parents to not foce their choice or career goals on their children. I advise the children to travel away from home for college because this is there only chance to be paid to leave home but also, to experience other people and cultures and see a bit of the world for themselves. To make the most of your college experience, be open minded and receptive to change

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who is looking to become a well rounded individual because, once your finished with Howard, you are ready to take on the real world

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known about the difficulty with the administration and the lack of on campus housing

monique
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

its an HBCU, the best school for black students in the world

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

its an HBCU, the best school for black students in the world

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It is important to recognize that national prestige is not the be all end all answer for the perfect school. College has to give you the best fit for your money, personality, and degree interests. I recommend that for all college considerations that you conduct information interviews with current students, particularly with students that are in your field of study. Also, do not be afraid of being away from home. Some of the best life experiences come from learning about yourself away from your home environment. It is important to keep in mind a quote from Carter G. Woodson, "An education is nothing unless it revolutionizes the social order..." Your education is your opportunity to estabilish yourself as an agent of change within your community, take every advantage afforded to you and make sure to give everyone who comes behind you the opportunity to do the same plus more!

Anjuli
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Howard University is the academic center of the Black experience.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Howard University is the academic center of the Black experience.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure to look for a well rounded school. After all college prepares you for all aspects of life, not just your career. Visit the school you want to attend, talk to other students, attend a class and a social function even. Be sure that, at the end of the day, this is where you want to begin and end the path that changes your life.

What's unique about your campus?

All the students kind of band together in the Howard struggle (lol).

Tiffany
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

(I am transferring to this school in the spring) From my visit: The institution of innovation, that will steer my generation ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

(I am transferring to this school in the spring) From my visit: The institution of innovation, that will steer my generation into a greater designation.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go with your heart. Apply everywhere! Even if you aren't a schools traditonal archetype of a student, you never know who may be reading your story and has a similar situation as you. Go to a school that fits your traditon, not one that will force theirs on you. College is the place where you learn and grow and should be a chance for you to develop spiritually, intecllectually, and physically the way you want to, not your parents. You should choose a school that will help feed your passion and drive. You don't want to work doing something you absolutely hate do you? You have one life, it belongs to you. Take risk, seize opportunity, and don't be afraid to go against the Status Quo. You don't get attention being a follower. It's that one person who stands in the "free speech zone" that makes you turn your head. The one getting things done and being themselves. That's all you have in this world is you. Really, that's it. You are the ultimate representation of your self, and the college you chose should should reprensent you.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A self starter who wants an education that will propell them forward in their lives, not only personally but in whatever future career.

Raymonda
What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The ineffective, troublesome bureacracy. Every semester I, and most students I know, deal with late financial aid disbursemen...

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The ineffective, troublesome bureacracy. Every semester I, and most students I know, deal with late financial aid disbursement, unnecessary stress about housing assignments, and unresponsive uncaring student support workers throughout every department in the Administration bulding.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First and foremost, no university's essence can be fully captured in a mass-mailed, six page admissions brochure. And if it could, you certainly wouldn't want to go there! It is imperative that students visit potential schools. Preferably before applying, but certainly before accepting admission and heading off to spend four (or more) years there. Also, please treat a college visit as the important event it is. You're not deciding on what to have for lunch, you're affecting your educational and professional future here, act like it. Seriously discuss the University and the program to which you plan on applying with departmental leaders, professors and current students. You do not want to show up for the first day of class to find out that you've stepped into your worst nightmare, especially once that tuition check has been written. Once you've found your niche school remember why you're there. Being the president of three organizations, having lots of stories and being elected Student Body president doesn't make up for a horrible GPA. Enjoy the experience, you'll never get it again. But don't forget the cost to you and those you love!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The sense of community that I've found at Howard among fellow students and professors. There is a dynamic Christian community here and the professors are some of the most kind, engaging and personable in the nation I'm sure.

Blaize
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates tend to be interested in whatever major they're studying, but not the core requirements that the school recomme...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates tend to be interested in whatever major they're studying, but not the core requirements that the school recommends; although, the students pick the classes themselves.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Parents and students should visit colleges and universities together, because it gives them both a chance to see and feel what the campus is like. The students get a feel for the student body atmosphere, while the parents get the chance to perceive the environment and give their child their opinion. It is also important to have parents and students interact with the campus environment, by going to specially planned events where both parties get to see the campus "alive." This may mean going to a football game or going to a play or a festival, that the college or university might be holding. Additionally, parents and students should also schedule tour mettings or guides where they can explore the campus with someone who already knows the ins and outs of the university or school grounds. Also, it is reccommended that the parent and the student do their "homework," by researching these colleges and universities before they go, by seeing what best suits that prospective student. By doing this, the parent wins by knowing what to expect before getting there, while the students hasan overall view of what the campus is about.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The Administration at Howard University is horrible. People here do not want to see change occur; because of that, many students on this campus lose their housing, get the run-around from administration and sometimes don't even get the alloted credits he or she has earned due to incopmetence. The cause of this is "inbreeding" of staff, in which former alumni from previous years come back, and they are set in their own ways. This can become very cumbersome and leads to confrontation between students and staff. Unfortunately, this has soon to be rectified.

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