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Why I Chose My HBCU: Bowie State University

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Keeyon Woodward

Student Name: Keyonn S. Woodward

Hometown: Baltimore

HBCU: Bowie State University

Major: Communications, with a concentration in broadcast journalism, and a minor in theatre

Extracurriculars: Member of the Bowie branch of Urban Couture (a modeling and entertainment organization), a member of the NAACP, and part of a podcast called Blk/T (celebrity news podcast that comes on every Tuesday at 4 p.m. on @GofechTV)


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What influenced you to attend an HBCU, and why did you end up picking your specific school?

Originally, my dream school was UCLA, but I said, “If I can’t go to UCLA, I will be attending a HBCU.”

Was it important that you chose an HBCU, and why or why not?

I was honestly very uninspired when it came to the college process. I really wanted to go away for school, but when I decided to stay in Maryland, it was only right to attend Maryland’s first HBCU.

What aspects of academics, culture, social life, extracurriculars, etc. do you think it offers that other schools don’t?

Once I did my research and seen the love, support, history and especially the culture that all HBCUs have to offer, it was inevitable that I would end up at one. It was very important to me to be a part of that.

What’s one memory you’ve made or positive experience you’ve had so far at school?

Being Mister Freshman was my best experience so far at Bowie State. I truly got to experience getting to know not only my class better, but everyone at this amazing institution and what they have to offer.

I was introduced to so many phenomenal people with such drive to succeed on and off campus.

When you’re surrounded by people who want to win, it puts you in the mindset of not wanting to win but having to win, and you develop your own sense of hunger and grind to accomplish the things you want.

What is one thing you didn’t know about your school or college, in general, that you know now?

I didn’t know what it meant to have a “home away from home”—until now. Bowie holds a dear place in my heart and that’s why I bleed that Black and Gold 4L!


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