New city, new school, new friends, new life, new start. 

Crossing the social, emotional and academic bridge from high school to college can be daunting, but as the first day of the fall semester looms closer, nine 2019 HBCU graduates share how to milk the undergrad years for all it’s worth. 

To the class of 2023, take it from the graduates who are not new to this, but true to this. 

1Nathan Vinson | Florida A&M University 

Embrace the experience! Attending an HBCU is truly a once-in-a-lifetime moment; between the diverse yet connected culture of our people, the history of our ancestors, and the greatness that lies in our generation, the next four years (or two #TransferStudentsMatter) will teach you about yourself, the ones that have come before you, and the importance of helping the ones that come after you.

Get involved EARLY! While you may not have many professionally developed skills, the earlier you jump in, the faster you’ll be able to develop those skills, learn from your mistakes and build you resumé! 

The collegiate journey is all about exploration and the acquisition of knowledge, which includes personal AND professional growth. Sometimes our biggest blessings are the ones you don’t expect, nor ask for. And THAT’S on God’s Plan!