Good afternoon beautiful people. My 18 years old son just celebrated his birthday last week and I am so happy for my young man. He is growing up and about to leave my home after he graduates next year. We are in the process of visiting colleges to determine where he will further his educational goals. He is planning on majoring in Computer engineering. (My baby is smart y’all, spoiled but smart) With that being said everybody don’t offer this major. So we are limited at which schools he can attended. Plus he refused to take his second year of Spanish because he struggle so hard in it last year and don’t want to drop his grade point average for his last year. We have chosen three colleges that offers the program and are focusing on campus visits and don’t required the two years of foreign language. However My son has expressed a lot of interests in Clalfin university locate in Orangeburg, SC. We are planning a visit soon.
Here is my dilemma… Claflin is a HBCU (Historical Black College University) and has a good stem program that focuses on jobs in this field. The college ranking is not the issue…. Its the lack of support from other African Americans. As soon as we mention him applying at Claflin or North Carolina A&T University there is the look of disgust on everyone face. I don’t understand why people are so negative about attending any HSBU now a days. When I was in high school the show “Different World” made me want to attend a HSBU and I did. I attended Livingstone college in Salisbury NC and didn’t return because I met my husband. I have always supported my college and still do to this day. I feel that things could change for the HSBU if the president did something to change the negative image that is being portrayed about the HBCU. But what makes me mad is when the CIAA tournament is held here in Charlotte, NC the turnout are always huge. Those same people be ready to attend the things planned that weekend.
One thing that I can say is kids in my son’s age group, are changing and the kids are looking at the HBCU and the enrollments are increasing for a lot of the HBCU colleges. But that ages group that is around the 30s and late 30 are not supported of the HBCU here in South Carolina… At least the ones I have encountered. They talk very negative and don’t have anything good to say about the schools.
The good thing about this is my son and a lot of his friends loves the idea of attending an HBCU getting to experience everything they have to offer on the campus. I myself have always wanted to work at one of the campus. Because I had such a great experience when I attended Livingstone college back in the early 90s. Nevertheless my son is looking forward to his upcoming campus visit to Claflin University!
Love, peace and happiness!!