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College Confusion! Posted on 11-19-2008

I'm currently a senior in high school ('09!!!!!). My school is predominantly white and seen as the "rich school" of my area. There are black people at my school but because i take almost all advanced placement courses i rarely see them and because of this have few black friends. both my parents went to tuskegee, so did my grandparents and my brother is currently attending skegee too so hbcus are in my family. im not sure what to do tho cuz i don't kno if i'll fit in at howard or hampton (which i've already applied to) being such a guiet "white girl" that speaks properly, isn't the best dancer, and has both lil wayne and jason mraz on her ipod. am i too "white" for a hbcu? My acadmeics (i have a 4.4 GPA and 33 act and am a national achievement semifinalsit) have brought me attention from schools from Caltech to Duke to Harvard. most people i know don't even kno what a hbcu is and keep pushing this other schools at me because of the name. i don't kno if i'd fit in at one of these schools either tho! now im more confused than ever about what school is right for me. If anyone has any advice on my problems or info on howard or hampton id really appreciate it. plz help!!!!!
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ashgilly from Gallatin, TN replied on 11-19-2008 10:10PM [Reply]
Heyyyyy, I'm Ashley! I feel you on the confusion, but when I went to visit top HBCU's such as Spelman, almost all the girls have that "white girl" swag to 'em. I think you would fit in well, and I truly encourage you to take your excellent intelligence to an HBCU. Since you attend a PWI now, it will be a new, different, and from what I hear, FUN experience. It's not what you're used to, so you will become more open-minded. It's great that you have schools such as Duke, Harvard, etc. looking at you, so do I, but I think an HBCU will be best for you (no bias!!!) lol. Mannn and from the look at your act scores, and gpa, you should be able to get into almost any school you want, especially HBCU! I wish you the best of luck with this whole process, and I hope you choose the best route for you! HBCU!
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cc1997mav from St. Simons Island, GA replied on 11-20-2008 08:52PM [Reply]

I would encourage you to not worry about whether you'll fit in or not, and make your decision based on what you want to get out of the experience. What do you want the end result to be of your collegiate experience? I went to a predominantly white university, and now sometimes wish I had gone to a HBCU -- simply because the culture would have been so much richer in some respects. But I never really "fit in" anywhere. Stereotypes are rarely accurate, on any side of the coin. I might not have been black enough for the stereotypes, but I knew I wasn't white! So I never really "fit." But I'm so glad I'm "me." I have heard (I don't know, because I'm from an older generation) that the generation you are in is really more accepting of "exceptions" to stereotypes. I mean when you have a rapper & a country singer making a record together... what can be said? Boundaries don't seem to be as prevalent these days as when I was in college. Be encouraged!
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TSUblueTiger replied on 11-21-2008 10:44AM [Reply]
I would highly recommend attending an HBCU. It is an experience of a lifetime. As far as fitting in, I would not worry about it. From my experience, several students that attend HBCUs are from non-black high schools. From what I have heard, Howard and Hampton students are exceptional and very articulate. Therefore, you should integrate well with the student body. Best wishes with your future endeavors.
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BackspinMom replied on 11-24-2008 05:05PM [Reply]
You sound like my kid. One difference. After visiting the PWIs, the kid chose Howard. The kid was the only black student in the class of 2012 and well, was not trying to do that again. Adjustment to Howard was absolutely no problem. There is a rich culture there of students from all over the world and every socio-economic niche you can think of. It's working out real well. The kid loves Howard and cannot imagine being anywhere else. I'd recommend it, however, this is a choice you alone can make. Take advanatage of a visit. If you selected Howard as your 1st choice on the SAT, with your NMSF status, you will get a full ride, including $$ for books. With that, Howard will have a Weekend at the Mecca for National Merit Semifinalists and Finalists. The kid went and that nailed it. Good luck to you.
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princess_t replied on 12-03-2008 11:59PM [Reply]
Thank you all for the help! I know this is a choice i have to make on my onw, but your insight will really help my decision. Thanks again!
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C Nels replied on 12-04-2008 02:25PM [Reply]
You can always ask the white people who attend an HBCU if they think you are too white. I highly doubt they will think so! If you want to attend an HBCU, go! Don't let what other people think of you deter you from what you want. There will always be someone there for you and against you.
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mochilaaa replied on 12-04-2008 06:48PM [Reply]
Girrrrrrrrrrl ! I know how you feel...I am like that too. And after my other offers, I still felt Howard was best for me. MOST of the kids there are just like us anyway... [coming from predominantly white school] HONEST .
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theTRUTH replied on 12-06-2008 11:48AM [Reply]
Visit each school you are interested in. Get a feel for the campus life, see if you like the overall atmosphere and try to talk to as many students and alumni of your prospective schools as you can.
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Orca51 from Indianapolis, IN replied on 12-08-2008 12:30PM [Reply]
I say go to Howard or Hampton. I'm in a similar position. I currently attend a majority white prep school, and I am applying to Howard, Hampton, and Spelman. I'm not positive which is my first choice yet. Everybody I talk to says I will fit in fine. Don't worry I can't dance that well either.lol. I have a feeling that there are alot of students at these schools who come from majority white schools. I visited Spelman, and all the girls at least appeared to behave similarly to the way that I do. So don't stress it. HBCU's will give you a better experience. Sure, you won't be able to say you went to Harvard, but being able to say you went to Howard or Hampton should make you just as proud. I know that an HBCU is where I want to be. I hope you feel the same, but ultimately it's up to you so I'd suggest visiting a few of each type of schoool to see what you prefer.
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