Brown and College Bound: 5 Things Every Black Girl Should Know Before Heading to College
Congratulations are in order to the high school graduating class of 2018! As you transition from high school, for many of you the next step is college. Exciting right?
Almost all colleges hand out brochures that show you diverse students cheering on the athletics teams or students happily mingling in the quad. But what is not shown or even talked about is the black college experience. And yes, it is a thing.
Now do not get it twisted, when I say black college experience, I am referring to the ways in which we as black women experience college. It’s a different experience. So as you prepare for your first year of college, it’s only right that I share a few tips that were helpful to me in college.
1. Give The College Experience A Chance. Starting school somewhere new can be intimidating, you are away from home, more than likely required to live on campus your first year, and none of your friends are at the same school as you. I get it, you are starting all over. It’s bittersweet. But the beauty of it all is that you are at the right place to evolve and blossom as a young black woman. This is the time when you are exploring and learning yourself.
2. You’re not imagining things: Black Connection is Real. It is great to have a diverse group of friends. But when you see someone who looks like you it is only right to show love.
3. Don’t Let Being Homesick Overwhelm You. It is very normal to get homesick at any point while in college. And sometimes it takes us getting away to fully appreciate home. In the times when you cannot go home, be active on campus, attend that event, go to the library to study instead, mingle in the Student Union.
- Remember Why You Are There: Prioritize + Balance. College requires you to apply yourself fully. It is easy to get distracted by unnecessary things. To stay organized and focused, I recommend you using a planner. It has been my lifesaver many of times, keeping me on track with everything I need to do.
5. Utilize ALL Your Resources: You’re Paying For It. From the gym, library, to the career center, make use of it all. Get your money’s worth. Besides, they are going to come in handy.
College is what you make it! You make your experience what you want it to be.
Kiarra Brown - Edwards is currently a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City majoring in Journalism-Communication and currently serving as Junior Coordinator for Show Me Shoes Foundation and a recent intern of FOX 4 News in Kansas City, MO