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Video: 5 reasons why you should attend an HBCU

WSSU student Chantell Huell says HBCUs have lots to offer students. 

Chantell Huell, a mass communications major from Warsaw, just completed her second year at Winston-Salem State University.

Huell says she’d encourage anyone to go to an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). On her YouTube channel, she recently broke down the top five reasons you should attend an HBCU like WSSU. 

1. Family-oriented Environment

Huell says WSSU is like a second home for her now.

“Being at an HBCU is just like being at a cookout or a family reunion,” she says. “It just feels really refreshing, really warm.”

She added that HBCUs are very diverse.

“People think it’s just for black people, but it’s very culturally diverse,” Huell says. “There are many different ethnicities and backgrounds all coming together, and you can find your place there.”

2. The History

Huell says the history at HBCUs run deep.

“This is something that they can’t take from you," she says. "Your education can’t be taken from you. It’s great to get your education.”

 3. Pride

 Huell says: “It’s so great to see how people are taking pride in their school and pride in who they are. The pride at an HBCU is so far wide.”

4. The Culture

 The culture at an HBCU is like no other, Huell says.

“We have so many things to offer. Not just the knowledge we get in class but you probably learn more street smarts, street knowledge by being at an HBCU than anything. That and book smart go hand-in-hand. There’s so much you can learn just by being there.

 Among the areas she mentions at WSSU:

  • Homecoming
  • The Red Sea of Sound
  • Fried Chicken Wednesdays
  • Greek life

5. You Learn More About Yourself

Going to a higher institution is one thing, but going to an HBCU is a whole other thing, she says.

“I grow every single year I’m at WSSU. I learn more about myself that I would have at a PWI. I just take so much from my experience that you just grow from it," she says. 

Check out the video.

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