College is the best four years of your life, they say. But those four years at college can also be rough.

With this in mind, Founder and CEO of Luke Lawal Jr., a graduate of historically black Bowie State University, offers the following five strategies for students at HBCUs across the country to get the best out of college. Lawal spoke with NBCBLK on tips for HBCU students to get the best value out of their time at an HBCU.

Here are some of our favorite quotes below.

Get involved.

“Get involved as much as you can. Join clubs and organizations that interest you. If you like to write, get involved with the campus newspaper. If you like to dance, get involved with the campus dance team. Join organizations that are beneficial to your field of study.”


“Prioritize your time and your to-do list. Put those things that are more important at the top of your list. Manage your time wisely and never take on what you cannot handle.”

Have fun!

“Be spontaneous. Try new things. Meet new people. Eat at new restaurants. Be adventurous. Never sell yourself short. College is what you make it and it is up to you to make it the best ride you have ever been on!”

Head over to NBCBLK to read more.