Updated: Dec 11, 2018
I needed college. Not just for a post-secondary education and a degree, but for a breath of fresh air. I needed to distance myself from this city I've lived my whole life in, and surround myself with new faces. I needed hope that congeniality still existed in this world, where in my case it did not.
Since eighth grade, I had always said that I aspired to attend Florida State University. The name of the school was just gorgeous and had an "official" tone to it. It was also considered one of the top schools in Florida, so why not?
Once I become a sophomore I realized that the reality was that I knew absolutely NOTHING about Florida State, except for its name and catchy "Fear The Spear" headline.
Fast forwarding to the summer of my sophomore year, I don't remember how, but by the grace of God, I came across the FAMU vlogs of CeCeBanks TV on Youtube.
Watching the vlogs initially, I did not think much of the school, since I never had any prior exposure to HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and didn't know what they were until then.
For some reason, though I couldn't stop watching the vlogs and couldn't stop thinking about the idea of being a student at FAMU, and the school soon became my #1 choice for college.
I started doing more research on the school through other vloggers, alumni, speaking to current students, etc and FELL IN LOVE. I became fascinated with HBCU culture and could
not believe that I had never known about them (I guess not that much of a shocker being from Cape Coral).
The only thing I struggled with, however, was the name of the university. "Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University" is not "Florida State" or "The University of
Florida", which were my other top choices.
My biggest fear was that after these next few years were all said and done and FAMU was on my resume, I would be constantly overlooked for job positions because employers would look down on my HBCU education and see me as unworthy.
I guess I also worried about how I would "fit in" at the school. I guess this sounds kind of silly, but I have honestly never had so many black classmates before.
You know that saying "too white for the black kids, and too black for the white kids" STORY OF MY LIFE.
However, I quickly realized how diverse everyone really is.
For the majority of us, our common ground is our race, but there are so many factors that differentiate us.
Going into my senior year, I was all for FAMU. By that point, I had seen so much positivity that radiated from the school, as well as how well FAMU prepared young
African American individuals for life off the hill I did not care what others had to say about my HBCU.
The programs, events, and culture spoke to me.
The benefits of attending an HBCU as an African American student were just through the roof. Attending predominantly white schools my entire life, I can honestly say that there
is a lot as far as the African American culture aspect that I am extremely ignorant about and cannot wait to take in.
I can also definitely say that after doing my research, FAMU is the ONLY HBCU that I am interested in as of now.
I just wanted something different than what I have experienced before and FAMU was it. There is something about being surrounded by other ambitious black students,
like myself that lures me into this university.
The college of love and charity, the school that sits on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, Florida, the #1 public HBCU in the nation FAAAAMMMMU.
Greetings, I am Christina Presmy, a first-year Pre-Social Work (Pre-Law) scholar from Cape Coral, Florida and I am happy to be attending the ILLUSTRIOUS Florida
Agricultural and Mechanical University in the Fall of 2018.