Preparing For The Undergraduate Experience: Campus Culture

Hello,

I’ve shared a lot about preparing for college in terms of scholarship and resume building. But, I would like to share some things I wish I knew when I began looking for the right school for undergrad.

Campus Culture

I think one of the most important things that distinguish a university from another is its culture. Some cultures can be very intimidating while others not challenging enough. But, when thinking of which culture is right for you it requires some soul searching. Questions to ask yourself are:

What do I like to do in my free time? What style of learning is most beneficial? or What motivates you to go to class every day?

But what is most important in accessing the culture is what area do you want to grow in the most. I attend Howard University which is an (HBCU) Historically Black College/Universty. After visiting and talking with students during my first visit there was a completely different side of myself that I didn’t know that I wanted to learn about which was my African American History. During my time I have been able to research and find the approximate voyage my ancestors came on during the Transatlantic Slave Trade which is an experience I don’t know I would have had at another university. Another area that grows during undergrad is creativity and intelligence. I think undergrad gives you a lot of time to think and express yourself but you need the room to do that. So I wouldn’t recommend a university where you aren’t able to use that creativity or expand your intelligence past your major.

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