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Aubria Tolson
Location: Columbia, SC
Birthday: Nov 29th
Joined: May 23rd, 2012
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Fisk University class of 2018
Undergrad Major: Biology
High School: A C Flora in Columbia, SC class of 2014
Scholarship Essay: 2015-01-06 09:46:19
Choosing a college/university is one of the most important decisions you will make in life. Development of skills and enhancing knowledge are essential to prepare for life’s journey. My choice wasn’t a difficult one to make. I decided an HBCU would be most suitable for me. My journey began at the campus of Fisk University Fall 2014.
I initially set my sites on some of the larger, predominately White universities that I heard about. After touring, there was no comparison to a HBCU, of the things that were important to me. Transition from high school to college is a difficult time for many. I’ve seen the numbers reported of freshmen dropping out because of this process. My family and I realized support and size would be important to keep me from joining this statistic. The Fisk family embraced me quickly, before I even accepted the offer to attend. Truthfully, I received much information, calls and visits from students, alumni and staff of Fisk and other HBCU’s that I was considering. Nowhere else was I offered courses, tutoring and many other resources like those I’ve been given here. If I had a weakness in an area, failure was not an option as I have fellow students and tools to help me if I accepted the help. I, in no way feel like just a number and that people care. My classes are not easy, and I am most definitely challenged each day. The difference is that I have a “village” of supporters that believe in my potential and have helped me grow in the short time I have been a student. I have met with and regularly speak to my recruiter and so many alumni to say “How’s it going?”, “How can I help?” and “Stay away from those parties if you’re not doing your work”.
HBCU’s originated from individuals who had a thirst for knowledge and wanted to insure that Blacks especially, were given every opportunity to be educated and equipped to succeed in today’s world. This is where I chose to be, on the road to becoming a pediatrician.

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