As the 2016-2017 academic year comes to an end, it becomes a bittersweet moment for the graduating class of 2017.
I sat down with seven Howard graduating seniors as they reflected back on what it means to be a Bison.
Major: Political Science
Being a Bison means to be excellence. Whatever it is you decide to do, whether it be in politics, music, business, journalism, fashion, you will be a part of a legacy of black excellence and you will bring that excellence with you in your future career. Being a Howard student you have the power to bring excellence into anything you do and you should never lack confidence in your abilities.
To be a bison is a humbling honor and blessing. This university has offered me so many opportunities that I could have never even imagined. It’s also a challenge because I know that Howard University is internationally acclaimed for its world-shaking legacy. I have big shoes to fill, and I know that I want to do everything in my power to make my alma mater and my people proud of me!
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Being a bison means the world to me, I wasn’t sure when I first came in, but after 4 years, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love telling people that I go to the Howard University. The campus, the people, the memories..they will never be forgotten. For real.
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Being a bison means being on top of your game while staying true to service.
It means that I’m part of an indescribable legacy that to those who haven’t walked these halls, seems like and indescribable and impenetrable club. I can’t tell you what it’s like to carry this name with me, but if you make it, you’ll know.
Major: Health Education Community Health
First and foremost it means perseverance and resiliences because we all know the difficulties that come with the Howard experience. It also means I’m part of an extended family, it means I am part of the greatness that is black excellence and it means I have a duty to continue the legacy of greatness in service to our people.
Being a Bison means succeeding academically but also being able to balance many different things as well. Nearly everyone on campus is balancing things like work, community service, friends, extracurricular activities, and so many other things. I believe as Howard students we have the drive to want to succeed in every facet of life we are capable of, and that proves to be valuable in the long run. Bison are always on the go to the next opportunity.