The HBCU Experience

My name is Ándria Morgan I am a senior Broadcast Journalism major from Moreno Valley, CA. I am the second child of three, and definitely a mommy’s girl. I enrolled at Langston University in the fall of 2011 on an Edward P. McCabe Scholarship. While at Langston, I have been involved in the LU Scholars Club, Yearbook, Radio Station, Newspaper and first runner up in the Miss Black Langston Pageant. I am also a member of the founding class of Langston’s premiere news show LU Stay Tuned as an Associate Producer. I am a member of Alpha Chi national honor society. I have also worked with the office of Assessment and Career Services organizing both fall and spring career fairs and the spring education fair. I have been on the Dean’s Honor Roll and President’s Honor Roll maintaining a 3.9 cumulative grade point average. I have big dreams for my life and I know with God and my family; those dreams are definitely within reach.

Attending a historically black college is not what I imagined it would be. As a high school student I didn’t even want to apply to a HBCU, but I thank God that I did. In July of 2011 Langston University gave me a chance when no other institution would, and I know there are other students who can say the same. That was the initial purpose of HBCUs: to give African Americans a chance at higher education during a time where segregation was heavily prevalent.
HBCUs are filled with such a rich history, especially at Langston, and it is wonderful to be a part of that history. Langston University was named after John Mercer Langston, the first African American in Congress and a civil rights pioneer. Langston University is the only HBCU in the state of Oklahoma and the furthest HBCU from the west. Langston has one of the nation’s leading goat research farms allowing visiting scholars, graduate students and interns from Egypt, China, Iraq, Japan and other prominent countries to execute their research objectives.
I have learned so much about myself while being a student at an HBCU. I have been able to recognize my worth as an African American woman and as a Christian. The people that I have come in contact with here have helped me become the person I am today. Being at a HBCU is like being at home; we are all one big family. I will graduate from Langston knowing that there are people I can come to if I needed anything.
I know at Langston we do not have access to the things other institutions have. We are located in Langston, Oklahoma and the school is very small, but because we do not have what other schools have we learn to work with what is available. I know in my department at Langston, we don’t have a “top notch” television studio, but our students were still able to create a news show, LU Stay Tuned, that has reached people in multiple states.
Now outside of the classroom there isn’t anything like HBCU sports, our bands, and campus life. It might be a cliché, but the statement is true, college is what you make it. The same applies to the HBCU experience. It’s very much possible to have a good time and still be a good student. It’s possible to have a good time and not get involved in drama. It’s also possible to have a good time and remain true to yourself.
There aren’t any limits to what we can do, even though it may appear like we are at a disadvantage on the outside. Some of the greatest minds and talented individuals in the world graduated from HBCUs such as Toni Morrison, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Taraji P. Henson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, just to name a few.
I hope there aren’t high school students out there with the same mindset that I had. I can genuinely look back on my decision and not regret for one moment enrolling at my HBCU. I would highly recommend the HBCU experience; there is no other school experience out there that can compare.

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