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Living The HBCU Legacy Posted on 07-29-2008
Jstandford

Living The HBCU Legacy
Throughout life everyone tries to find their place to fit in and choosing a college is no different. Going to a Historically Black College has always been a dream of mine and that dream is finally coming true. By attending an HBCU not only will I be around others that look like me, but Iíll be learning something that no other school can teach; which is how to work hard to get where I want in life without allowing the color of my skin determine my success. When I was about five or six years old my mother took my brother and me on a trip to Savannah and Iíll never forget it becauseon the way we stopped in Atlanta and that was when I went on a tour of the Atlanta University Center. Growing up on the westside of Chicago I was not used to seeing young educated African Americans who wanted better for themselves. I was only used to seeing the negative aspect of the African American community, but after I saw the AUC I knew I wanted better and I wanted to one day be around others who looked like me and wanted better just like I did. Going to the AUC gave me hope for my future it made me realize that I did not always have to be surrouned by drug dealers, prostitues, and drug addicts. On that trip I saw my way out of poverty and I have worked hard to make sure that my dream comes true. Attending a HBCU is so much more than just being around others that look like myself. I feel that it will also better prepare me for life. Some would argue that HBCUís do not prepare you for the real world, but in my opinion that is the furthest thing from the truth. When you go to a regular college or university sure you can get a good education, but I do not feel they teach us as African Americans how to deal with socities harsh treatment torwards us. At a HBCU you learn how to deal with this, you learn that you have to work ten times harder than anyone else because the first thing so many in the corporate world see is your skin color not your intellect. This year I will be attending Hampton University and my brother attends Tuskeegee University. That one trip opened our eyes and now I can say that I am living the life that I want to live and from here it will only get better. The success that HBCUís bring to the African American community shows us just how relevant they our today. HBCUís are teaching young African Americanís such as myself that life has so much more to offer.
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