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hey i got some questions? Posted on 06-23-2008

monique09
Chesapeake, VA
hey yall i have a couple of questions about Howard University (the real HU) I'm going to be applying for the Fall of 2009 1) do yall recommend i apply on-line or through the mail 2) early action? 3) How do yall feel about the area as far safety? 4) Is the metro easy to get to? 5) Will they mail financial aid info? 6) Whats your best HU experience? 7) How are the dorms? 8) How are the professors? and the classes in general as far as size etc... 9) Is there a course about the history of Howard that is required? 10) What is there to do when class isn't in session? oh and what do you think my chances are of getting in based on the following criteria: *i'm a B+ to A- student *this past school year has been tough on me cause my mom lost her job and now my GPA is just a 3.0 where as of at the end of my sophmore year i had a 3.5 * SAT: 1430 (definitely taking it again in october) *key club: 9th, 10th, 11th(secretary) , 12th (president) *sca: 11th(secretary), 12th(vp) * drama club: 9th (assistant director for two plays) * student ambassador * church youth group * scholastic bowl team: 11th and 12th
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HBCUlover from washington, DC replied on 06-23-2008 08:21PM [Reply]
hey what's up, im also going to be graduating in 2009! as far as Howard is concerned i can only really tell you about the area and the transportation seeing that ive been living in DC all my life and been attending high school across the street from it for almost 4 years. the area is pretttyy safe, there have been some probs but thats over with now. the only thing you would have to worry about are the high school students (lol) there have been some altercations in the past between high school students right off campus. i see some campus police around so im sure the campus itself is safe however as far as i know its an open campus meaning people can just randomly come when they plz (i know b/c ive done that.like i walk through there alot, ive taken class trips to their library and my school hosts a formal there ever year)=]. DC is known their its means of transportation. i practically live in buses and trains.lol. several buses pass right in front of the campus everyday,every couple of mins, there are even shuttle buses for HU students, the metro stop is right down the street from Howard too. any thing else you want to know as far as the area, activities, safety?
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treyslizzle replied on 06-23-2008 09:52PM [Reply]
How you gone call it the real HU and u dont know nothing bout it. Type in "the real HU" in google and see what comes up. Anyway, good luck on getting into Howard. Hampton c/o 2012!!!
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monique09 from Chesapeake, VA replied on 06-25-2008 03:27PM [Reply]

HBCUlover wrote:
hey what's up, im also going to be graduating in 2009! as far as Howard is concerned i can only really tell you about the area and the transportation seeing that ive been living in DC all my life and been attending high school across the street from it for almost 4 years. the area is pretttyy safe, there have been some probs but thats over with now. the only thing you would have to worry about are the high school students (lol) there have been some altercations in the past between high school students right off campus. i see some campus police around so im sure the campus itself is safe however as far as i know its an open campus meaning people can just randomly come when they plz (i know b/c ive done that.like i walk through there alot, ive taken class trips to their library and my school hosts a formal there ever year)=]. DC is known their its means of transportation. i practically live in buses and trains.lol. several buses pass right in front of the campus everyday,every couple of mins, there are even shuttle buses for HU students, the metro stop is right down the street from Howard too. any thing else you want to know as far as the area, activities, safety?
Thanks for replying...what kind of activities are there in D.C.?
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monique09 from Chesapeake, VA replied on 06-25-2008 03:30PM [Reply]

treyslizzle wrote:
How you gone call it the real HU and u dont know nothing bout it. Type in "the real HU" in google and see what comes up. Anyway, good luck on getting into Howard. Hampton c/o 2012!!!
LOL Thanks and i know hampton comes up first because alphabetically it comes first lol....and much love to you i wish you the best at hampton its a great school as well...but its too close to home for me
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missbison2011 replied on 06-26-2008 07:20AM [Reply]
1) do yall recommend i apply on-line or through the mail If you apply on line, you will still have to use mail correspondence for some of the application such as rec. letters and transcripts. So i say on-line because it is quicker but don't forget that you will need to use the mail and make COPIES OF EVERYTHING! 2) early action? OF COURSE! Howard doesn't have early decision so you don't have to feel like you are pressured to make a decision early and be stuck in that choice. However, just in becoming a young adult, DO EVERYTHING EARLY especially with the economy the way it is. Early action means early consideration for everything! SCHOLARSHIPS included! 3) How do yall feel about the area as far safety? Not playing the bourgeoisie card but lack credibility in the hood department. Am I scared walking around DC??? Not anymore than being a secure government building. There are dangers everywhere and you have to be smart...anywhere you go! So if you put yourself in a position for something to happen then it probably will is all i am saying. 4) Is the metro easy to get to? Yes 5) Will they mail financial aid info? Politically correct answer... Yes. The correct answer....No! However, you should be on top of your stuff regardless and check BisonWeb at least once a week. If you don't see anything just call, email, and repeat the cycle. Complaining won't do anything about and it probably won't change so do what you gotta do! 6) Whats your best HU experience? Some are illegal so I won't list them but basically everything. Even the worst times have been great learning experiences! Graduating for the High School for the Engineering Professions where I was all set to be at the University of Miami doing a dual major in Engineering. I applied to USC, UMiami and UT-Austin which was my backup. Howard wasn't even in the picture and its the only school that I applied to for Communications. How I got here: hell I don't know but I am glad I came. No diss to my future engineers...I will get that degree too just not this go round! 7) How are the dorms? Horrible in a good way. After you live in like rock bottom without A/C aka the Quad...you get the feeling of empowerment like there is no where to go but up. But you will not be in your room that long anyways so all you technically need is a bed and a place to put your stuff....which the dorms are. I say pick your dorm based on your campus activity level. More active pick the quad. Its cheaper and fits your basic needs. If you like staying in your room more...pick the Annex. (that doesn't mean you have to be a recluse though) 8) How are the professors? and the classes in general as far as size etc... Well I am bitter because of 2 professors this semester that hoed me major but you will have that ANYWHERE. Most classes are female majority and depending on the class and the time of the class...depends on the class size. Mandatory classes for all freshman will be larger especially if they are offered later in the day. 9) Is there a course about the history of Howard that is required? No. You however have your respective orientation classes for each college. I had to take SOC (school of communications) orientation. No biggie. If you are learning history especially black history...expect Howard to be taught in that class just because you are at the Mecca of black education and it is a historical figure. 10) What is there to do when class isn't in session? Whatever you want. Community Service, Activism, Work, Shop, Play, Club/Party, Movies, Premieres, Poetry Jamz, etc. You name it...its there. Its a diverse city and for me...I like underground stuff. I am more of the house party, poetry/ jazz club, exclusive boutique type person. I like going places where people don't really know about it. So when I say you can get into a little bit of everything..I mean it! As far as your chances of getting in.....use this school of thought. If you want it to happen....do whatever you gotta do to make it happen. Don't doubt yourself and make sure that your application shows confidence in YOU! In no way come off like you have a sense of entitlement but make sure that your application shows that you have a sense of purpose. (community service, school involvement, ap classes) If you adopt that into your daily life, then of course you will get in and you will be able to accomplish anything that way! GOOD LUCK! As far as Hampton....um first off...You need to get there first and also learn that the Real Institute is Hampton. The Real UNIVERSITY = Howard! HBCU love nevertheless hope it helped ~B HU C/O 2011 Film Production Major
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missbison2011 replied on 06-26-2008 07:21AM [Reply]
and damn that was really long...sorry for the novel!
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monique09 from Chesapeake, VA replied on 06-27-2008 08:38PM [Reply]

Hey Britany thanks so much for all the information and advice i really appreciate it.
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treyslizzle replied on 06-27-2008 09:23PM [Reply]
monique09 wrote:
LOL Thanks and i know hampton comes up first because alphabetically it comes first lol....and much love to you i wish you the best at hampton its a great school as well...but its too close to home for me
Good Luck to you too.
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HBCUlover from washington, DC replied on 06-27-2008 10:18PM [Reply]
monique09 wrote:
Thanks for replying...what kind of activities are there in D.C.?
wellll...actually, im going 2 one of the yearly activities 2mrw and its right on the main street(avenue) where Howard lies. its called The Caribbean Day Festival. its like a Big parade down the avenue (and its a long avenue) there's West Indian music, mud trucks (like people who want mud on themselves jump in the trunk and get dirty i guess), beads are being thrown everywhere and its packed with fiiinneee Caribbean men and every1 is repping their country and the performers are dressed in their native costumes and stuff!!its hella fun!! its a 2 day celebration too. if ur into the clubs theres a bunch by the waterfront (the scene of the water is beautiful btw) there are clubs in dc md and va. alot of people enjoy going to Fur, Love (night clubs) there are more i just cant remember. my cousins dont have many good things to say about the Crossroads(night club) they say its dirty and they let any1 in. its not really a formal club they play alot of soca and reggae and stuff. i guess alot of the younger people like it. there's alot to do in downtown DC and Gallery place/Chinatown( a place in DC). there are museums, outlet shops, eateries, movie theaters and more. the good thing about being in DC is that MD and VA are like right around the corner. they are just a train ride or bus ride away (we've got alot of those). MD and VA have the best malls, technically DC has no real malls. anything else you want to know?lol
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