Nia Imani Wellman is the definition of #BlackGirlMagic. She is currently a sophomore, Strategic Communications major/ Cinema Studies minor at Hampton University. In addition to being a student at one of the top HBCUs in the nation, she is also a YouTube personality with over 77,000 viewers. Nia makes content ranging from HBCU vlogs to natural hair videos with more in between.

HBCU Buzz recently caught up with Nia to get the inside scoop on her on the struggles and triumphs of excelling in her various pursuits. Check out what she had to say below, and make sure you stay connected with Nia Imani here!

In the time you’ve been in college what can you say has been the most difficult challenge to overcome?

I haven’t necessarily had any rough obstacles so far in college, but I can definitely say receiving my first D ever in math first semester of freshman year was hard. I came into college believing that I was going to get A’s and B’s like I did in high school and that D hurt my GPA. However, to redeem myself, I was sure to work harder, which lead to not only boosting my GPA, but being inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society.

What’s one piece of advice you’d tell students who want to reach your level of success but are shy or unmotivated?

I believe to be successful at anything you really want to do you must: stay consistent, stay in your lane, refrain from comparing yourself to the next person and most importantly be unapologetically you.

 What motivates you/keeps you going?

My supporters definitely keep me going. Knowing that even though somebody out there might not like what I do or have to say, there are still hundreds of others who appreciate my efforts.

How do you manage your time? School, extracurriculars, and YouTube seem like a hefty load. 

This year I have implemented my planner more than usual as well as a calendar which has kept me on top of most of my responsibilities. Also, not sleeping.

How do you stay organized?

I don’t honestly. My life can be a bit chaotic and messy, but I still find some way to keep most things in order.

Any upcoming projects or resolutions for the new year? 

I’m not a fan of the whole “new year, new me” thing, but I definitely plan to be more consistent, procrastinate less, give back more and go on more adventures.

Any advice you have for students in college or going to college?

Anyone who plans to attend college, please be sure to do thorough research, apply early so that you can be offered scholarships, be sure to visit the school and have an open mind to attending school out of state.