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I am about that HBCU life … and I LOVE it!

July 23, 2012
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Last semester one of my peers found out that I was a Gates Millennium Scholar and asked me, “If you got the Gates Millennium Scholarship, why on earth would you come to Howard.” My response was… why not?

I was actually offended that she, as a Howard University student herself, could ask that question. Did she not see the value in attending this prestigious university? I was convinced that she did not understand the legacy and the reputation of the very institution she attended.

Resfest 2011 … You wouldn’t understand, it’s a Howard thing!

Some people have even said, “Are HBCU’s even relevant anymore?” My professors told me that there was no such thing as a dumb question but I beg to differ. Of course HBCU’s are relevant! HBCU’s prepare African American students academically, socially, and professionally. They provide them with a nurturing environment and teach them about their history – the history that has been hidden from most students until they came to college. As a rising junior, my favorite course thus far was “Blacks in the Arts” with an incredibly intelligent man named Professor Randolph. Attendance wasn’t even mandatory in this class but I came every day because for the first time, I actually wanted to learn.

Homecoming 2010 with KeKe Palmer!

And the environment of an HBCU is like no other. To see thousands of students who look like me excelling on and off campus is inspiring. In fact, my friends back home in Atlanta always ask me why I’m always involved in community service or interning or working on projects for organizations at school – even during the summer. And I can honestly say that attending Howard has increased my work ethic 100%. The students at Howard are always doing something. If you are not interning, working, or studying abroad during the years following freshman year, you are behind. Their drive and determination to be the best at everything inspires me to achieve things that I never imagined myself doing.

I will not say that HBCU’s are perfect. They are definitely far from that.

HBCU students are known to go on a rampage about the flaws of the university. Every semester, freshman complain about not being able to register because the website shut down and upperclassmen are like scavengers trying to get on campus housing. But most of us understand that the things we go through at our HBCU are only making us stronger. These obstacles are only molding us to be independent and ambitious leaders. There are a lot of things about Howard that need to be addressed. But I honestly feel that those setbacks can not compare to the legacy of the university.

Proud Bison!

I can’t imagine going to any school besides Howard. I am so proud that my HBCU has more recognition and rank than the predominately white institutions (PWI) that most of my high school friends went to. Some say Howard isn’t for everyone but I know that I am about that HBCU life, and I LOVE IT!

- Teyonna Ridgeway
Howard University c/o 2014
Journalism Major

This Saturday (06.23.12) : NCAA Youth Football + Community Service!

June 19, 2012
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Join CIC this Saturday as we support NCAA Youth Football AND help “keep it clean” at Eastern Senior High School in Washington, DC. If you need community service hours, come on out! If not, come on out anyway and show your support! We hope to see you there. Check out the flier below for details …

UPDATE: If you’re coming out to get community service hours, please arrive at Eastern HS at 11am so we can get you organized and checked in. Volunteers can stay until the event ends or however long between 11am and 4pm to receive credit for their hours.

Get Your Summer CIC Shirt TODAY!

June 14, 2012
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Get your summer edition College Is Cool t-shirts (available in pink, blue and black on white) ASAP by clicking the photo above.

The PINK is LIMITED EDITION, so make sure you get it before it’s gone! 

Send us a pic when you get yours and we’ll RT (and follow you), Facebook and blog it!

Thanks for your support! :)

Infographic: How do HS Grads Perceive College?

June 13, 2012
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With a challenging economy and tough job marketing facing recent college grads, colleges are being scrutinized for how well they prepare students for careers. But has this scrutiny affected how high school students feel about the importance of college? A recent survey of high school grads from the class of 2010 shows that college is still perceived as a key step toward a more successful future.

 Click the image to view the larger infographic. Courtesy of GOOD.

NEW College Is Cool Shirts for the Summer!

May 30, 2012
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This week Angie debuted the fresh-for-the-summer editions of our signature College Is Cool t-shirt via Instagram and Twitter. The feedback tells us that these will be a hot commodity this summer, so make sure you get yours! Check the site, our Facebook and/or our Twitter account to find out when you can get your Summer 2012 shirt and rep College Is Cool the fresh way! More info coming ASAP. :)

Congratulations to Zaire D., this year’s Polished For Prom winner!

May 30, 2012
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As prom season ends and graduation ceremonies commence across the DMV, College Is Cool wants to send a big congratulations to Zaire, this year’s Polished For Prom winner! Zaire is a graduating senior from Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, Md. In her submission, she shared the story of losing her mother to breast cancer and less than two years later surviving an accident that had her in a coma for five days. As a result of her experiences, she donates to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, speaks with young women about breast cancer awareness, and talks openly about having vehicles properly checked. She wrote:

During my life so far, I have experienced what I pray most teens my age do not have to go through. I lost my mother to breast cancer and I almost lost my lost my life to negligence. I persevered through my obstacles and they helped to make me the individual I am today. …  But I believe anything can happen if you have faith.

Congratulations again to Zaire, and thank you to all our supporters and Polished For Prom for making this experience happen! Check out some pictures below and follow @CollegeIsCool, @PolishedForProm, @AnthonyTilghman (photographer) and @levi_batey  (limo service).