Howard, How We Love Thee: Prelude

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I wanted to start a series to slowly recount my college experiences and reflect on my journey here at the real HU. I had to conduct a survey and the questions were regarding assisting high school graduates with their college questions. Below is mine and my answer:

I imagine college is nothing like any of the movies or TV shows I’ve seen. Am I right? Can you describe what it is like?

Howard really does remind you of “A Different World” (a TV show you should watch), probably even moreso in the past like the 90s. So I would check that out. But, Howard reminds you of an all-Black high school full of different cliques that operate like mob families. But Howard is also like a big family reunion where everywhere you go, no matter who you talk to from the shuttle driver to the caf workers to people in the A building, someone is looking out for you, encouraging you and loving you. College in general though is all up to you (at Howard they do coddle us a bit more); you have to take care of yourself personally, you have to make sure you are up for class, etc. If you are someone who is used to their parents/guardians doing everything for them, college will be a wake up call… but a necessary one so don’t be afraid. You can be anxious but not afraid especially if you decide to join the Howard Family, someone here will always have your back.

What would you have responded? Comment below.

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This post is dedicated to last week and all of its glory.

No, but seriously, this post is for everyone who said “school sucks, life sucks, I have been duped”, in that order. If that was you last week, you deserve a glass of wine because “walah”, you’ve made it a new week! If this wasn’t you, well, all you get is a thumbs up because no one likes a shiner.

Sometimes I genuinely think I am being punk’d; I seriously yell out “alright yall, I know you are punkin’ me, where’s Ashton Kutcher?”. Whenever I feel this way, I realize I have to readjust my attitude because if not life will be punkin’ me, and instead I need to punk life. Meaning, I will always come out on top because I will be relentless in completing a task or goal. Diddy taught me during CBC weekend, dedication and preparation are what set you apart and if you look like money, that’s what you attract. I translate this to work really hard and allow yourself to fail while looking your best and being as positive as possible.

Finally, I will leave you with this tidbit of wisdom from the show, A Different World:

“I may have been born in the slums. But the slums weren’t born in me. I can rise above my circumstance”. – Rev. Jesse Jackson

*CBC is the Congressional Black Caucus and Diddy needs no explanation.