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Is the stereotype of students at Howard University accurate?


I don't know too many people who truly type to negatively stereotype our students. Beside the fact that some people may think we aren't able to compete in a predominately white school (which is so not true), there isn't much people can say. Howard is known for being the best. We are the hilltop, the Mecca, the Capstone, its one of those places where negativity just isn't really welcome. I honestly wish I was able to tell you a negative stereotype of our student body but those are one of those things I'm somewhat ignorant of.


I think that the stereotype about being stuck up isn't really true and is an ideology spread mainly by dc natives who don't attend the school. It is definitely true that some people get caught up in dress up just to go to class....but that is not the majority. I will say however, Howard is not one of those schools where everyone wears pajamas and sweat pants to class.


1) For the most part, Howard students make an effort to look presentable. In the most extreme cases, you will see women sporting Gucci, Prada and the like; sometimes the men on campus try to give the women a run for their money in the fashion department. 2) Howard is by no means the Black Harvard. There are brilliant students on campus, fine professors who will inspire any student, but you have to pick your department to find those professors and you have to search even harder to find someone who will discuss classroom texts outside of the classroom. Sometimes I can feel my brain dissolving when I listen to certain people. I think it's fair to say that there isn't a very strong intellectual life on campus. 3) There are plenty of horror stories such as the purging of hundreds of students earlier this year, causing them to be without housing and unable to attend classes because of error on the part of the administration. Personally, I haven't had anything of that sort happen to me, but I have had to call the health center about twenty times a day for a week because of a delay in processing my health records. Things can get pretty bad with the administration, but if you have your stuff together, you should be okay most of the time.


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The stereotype about Howard is somewhat correct in the fact that we are not only one of the best Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country, but we are also ranked amongst other colleges and universities. The stereotype is not accurate about the students of Howard. We are not all rich or stuck up. Most of us are normal people who are on scholarship. We struggle and fight hard to get where we need to be and most of us were in the highest percentages at our high schools and were/are involved in many extracurricular activities. Many of us are leaders.


I have to say that this one is true but its not about fiting in it more about showing everyone else your own style. On any given day while walking on the yard you can see ton of different dressing styles


1)Just like any other university, Howard does party and we do it pretty well. However, contrary to popular belief, the parties aren't an everyday thing. During the weekdays we work hard, and on the weekends we play even harder!! 2)Because the majority of the students attending Howard aren't local, trends are brought from across the nation. At Howard there is no such thing as "what's hot and what's not", as long as your attire expresses your personality its acceptable. So, just like a fashion show, you never know what's in store once you step on campus!! 3)"Sididy" is quite harsh. However, Howard's students do have this heir about them. Now, this isn't because we look down on others. No, not at all!! The reason why is because of our unique teachings. At Howard, along with being taught the required curriculum, students are also taught self-appreciation. Therefore, we walk with our heads high!! 4)Along with producing some of the most prominent African Americans known today, and being the alpha chapter of seven of the divine nine, and being one of the most prestigious historically black university's, yes, Howard is also known for its homecoming. Alumni's, celebreties, and visitors from across the nation reserve tickets for events such as the fashion show, the comedy show, and the very famous step show!! You can never forget the HOMECOMING at HOWARD!!!