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Why I Chose My HBCU: Howard University

A man stands in front of a white window. He wears a white turtle neck and a maroon suit jacket and clear glasses. He has his arms crossed and smiles widely at the camera.

Student Name: Laten Jordan 

Home State: Ohio 

HBCU: Howard University 

Major: Political Science, Class of 2023

Extracurriculars: I am a member of the Howard University Mock Trial Team, Howard University Speech and Debate Team, and the Young African Leadership Initiative. I have had the privilege of serving as the Director of Student Advocacy for the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council (2020-2021 Academic Year) and the Outreach Coordinator for the Coalition of Activist Students Celebrating the Acceptance of Diversity and Equality (2020-2021 Academic Year).

For the 2021-2022 Academic Year, I will have the honor to continue my advocacy work and serve the student body as the Vice President of External Affairs for the Coalition of Activist Students Celebrating the Acceptance of Diversity and Equality and as a member of the Howard University Student Association, which serves as Howard’s student body government. 

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

Howard University was my top choice even before I stepped foot on campus for the first time. Learning about the rich history of the institution and the long list of notable alumni, I knew that I wouldn’t have the same opportunities if I did not attend an HBCU, specifically Howard University. Standing on campus and being surrounded by students and faculty that looked like me and had similar interests, I knew that Howard was home. 

Being a Political Science major, I specifically wanted to attend Howard University because of its Washington, D.C. location. By attending college in the nation’s capital, I have been able to gain a deeper understanding of politics and the political process on a federal level. 

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

Attending an Historically Black College and University has truly been a transformative experience. I believe that it is important to attend a university that values you, gives you the tools and resources you need to succeed, and makes you feel part of something greater than yourself, which I was able to find within my HBCU.

I am proud to be part of an institution that produces Black men and women to be leading members of varying professions and to truly be change agents. 

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

Every university offers their own unique academic and social culture, especially an Historically Black College and University. 

As a Howard University student, you not only have the opportunity to contribute to an enriched HBCU culture but also be immersed in D.C. life. 

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

Although I am only halfway through my college career, I have been able to be a part of some amazing experiences and make a positive impact on campus. I am most proud of my leadership experiences in advocating for students.

It has truly been rewarding, and I hope to continue my passion for student advocacy in the next two years I have at Howard University! 

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

Before entering college, I wish someone would have told me how to not only get good grades but also how to sustain them.

Why You Should Consider An HBCU

Author: Laten Jordan

Laten Jordan is a Junior Honors Political Science student at Howard University.