Initially, we sough to pen an article on why Howard University student (at the time this article was written) Dominique McDonald chose her major in Public Relations, but then we came across her response when asked about her HU Experience. Her answer reminded us so much about why college or ANY place of higher education is of such importance – GROWTH.
“What is the story of your “experience” to date at Howard University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution? It hasn’t been easy, there have been a lot of ups and downs but I believe that’s what makes you a stronger and more focused person. I have met so many wonderful people whom I have grown to love. My HBCU Experience at Howard has really been amazing, I have learned so much about myself in different ways. My most favorite time so far is definitely Homecoming 2010 that alone was an experience in itself, one that I really enjoyed.”
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Think about all of the control of the high school years and imagine being released into the world directly after graduation without any gradual introduction to the ways of the world; much less the various levels that the world operates on. You are at a grave disadvantage.
Not saying that it is impossible, but the odds are not in your favor. As Dominque said “wonderful people whom I have grown to love” – had she not taken the step towards higher education these people would not exist and she may only know those people she graduated high school with.
“I have learned so much about myself…” that statement alone exudes growth – which is the essence to living a full life. College is life without the major responsibility of mortgages, insurance and the like. It is your HBCU’s obligation to introduce you to your major within their campus and outside of their campus; in north america and outside of north america and usually at minimum expense compared to prices for the non-student.
In summation, higher education lived at an HBCU facilitates and accelerates (for most) the process of molding a once controlled or reckless high school student into that of a mature and responsible adult. And hey – think about it, if a person never attended Howard University or any HBCU for that matter – Homecoming would not be “an experience in itself.” to quote the wise and ambitious Dominique McDonald.
For all of those Howard University Alum, who are now players in the public relations world, we invite and challege you to reach out and speak with Ms. McDonald. Let her know the opportunies available to her as an up-and-coming force in the industry. Unity is what it is about and that all starts with loving your self and others around you. Find her contact information below:
Facebook: Dominique McDonald
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