I believe that HBCU’s are essential to us as African Americans because they not only focus our overall education but they also allow insight into our heritage. Often times at HBCU’s you are exposed to a lot of information that makes you acknowledge your past ancestors multiple struggles and seldom successes which is motivation all within itself. I’ve come to realize that when most people think of HBCU’s the first thing that comes to there mind is an over populated and under achieving institution that’s only trying to educate black students. But in fact it is the exact opposite, many HBCU’s are beginning to notice these ludicrous acquisitions and thwart them in there tracks by taking actions such as recruiting abroad, minority programs for whites students at there institutions and not only that, but producing some of the finest and sharpest students in the history of there program. I am currently enrolled at a South Carolina State University and, personally, I feel at home because everyone treats you as family; they want to see you succeed. At HBCU’s I found them to have less discrimination and more preparation for the real world after college. Another goal at HBCU’s is to increase the amount of African American graduates each year and they have succeeded. HBCU’s provides their students with more help than they need, but it is up to the students to utilize these resources. The lessons that can be learn are never to take anything for granted because there is always someone waiting to take your spot and to never give up on yourself because if you do not believe in yourself, who will.