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By: Shaunese Johnson Deciding what to major in during college is a big topic of debate for most people, and as a result,  many students opt to be undecided  or even  decide to put aside their education until they’re ready to pursue a degree. Even after choosing a major there is no guarantee of a […]

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By: Emma Jean As a black girl attending an PWI and the grand-daughter of a union activist, I planned to have a voice on campus and join my black peers as we rallied in support of  the Black Lives Matter movement. It wasn’t until some of the band members took a kneel during the national […]

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By: Sadiyah Malcolm The aim of higher education should not be to relay knowledge to students about the intricacies of the world, and the way in which it functions. Rather, the aim of higher education should be to equip students with the tools necessary to forge an idea of who they are in relation to […]

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  By: Keana Martin-Sanders There I was. On a greyhound leaving Union Station in Washington, DC  with the encouraging words of my Beloved Cousin Brian imprinted on my brain. “You’ll be great, Keana. You still have some growing to do but you’re smart.” I felt so many emotions all at once. I felt like crying, […]

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By; Amber Ashli  Where are my sisters? My people of melanin in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. There are not a lot of people that look like me in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) field and I want to help change that. I see many ladies pursing college majors such […]

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By: Tiesha Anderson “College is not for everyone,” I often hear this statement being uttered. I interpret it to mean that everyone should have the opportunity to go, but some individuals will struggle to succeed or enjoy the academic environment due to factors outside of their control. These factors usually include an individuals’ inability to grasp […]

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By: Morgan B. As the plane lifted up higher and higher into the air, I saw Sydney Harbour moving farther and farther away and once again reflected on my mixed feelings about Australia and my time there. Australia as a location is incredible! It is such a huge, vast country overflowing with wilderness and desert […]

The post What You Need To Know Before Traveling As a Black Body: Lessons Learned From My Exchange Program in Australia appeared first on MyBlackMatters.

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By: MarKeicha Dickens “Privilege” is a word that is used often in social justice spaces. Now more than ever we are demanding that everyone in society sit down and take a cold hard look at themselves in order to examine what privilege is, whether or not they have any, and how it is used. White […]

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If you were to go out on the street and survey 20 random people and ask them to list statistical categories in which black women lead, you would most likely hear answers ranging from black women leading in categories such as teen pregnancies and high school drop outs. What you probably wouldn’t hear is a respondents […]

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By:Shaina Hall I’m sure whoever said ‘sisters for life’, didn’t envision a black girl with long Havana twist running down her back and Kendrick Lamar bumping in her headphones to be included into the “sister” part of their historically white sorority; but here I am. In the midst of one of the most critical times […]

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By: Shaunese Johnson Heart beating. Mind racing. Body trembling. These are only a few of the many symptoms I felt as I laid in the hospital bed. How could this have even happened? I was feeling fine yesterday and the day before that. Well at least physically I felt okay, mentally I felt detached. One […]

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By: DeeDee Walker There was this overwhelming sense of guilt that washed over me as I walked through the campus for the first time. This feeling was unwelcome, after all, I had finally made it. Years of hard work studying, doing volunteer work, and saving had all culminated to this point. I was an honors student at one of […]

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By:Mercedes L. Harris I won’t lie, the pressures of being a successful college student are intense. Especially when they are combined with the societal pressures of being an “ideal” black woman. Between weekly mental breakdown phone calls to my mom, late night study sessions, and YouTube hair tutorials gone wrong, it all seems to be […]

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By: Maya Hughley Being a black woman has never been easy, but growing into a black woman without a black experience does not make it easier to be in a predominately white world. In fact, being a black girl at a predominately white college whose peers only interact within the same ethnic group requires you […]

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By: Marcy L. I sat there anxiously waiting by myself for the waitress to return with our order, and my date to get back to the table from the restroom. I hadn’t realized how nervous I was until I was left alone with nothing but my own thoughts to drown in. I couldn’t believe this […]

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By: Kayla McKinney What happens when students attend a large PWI in the mid-west whose pride is directly connected with athletics? They go to football games, even more fun they go tailgating. I remember my first tailgating experience as an overall fun time. It was my first college football game and I was very excited. […]

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By: Tyler Womack As I eagerly boarded the plane for Ecuador, my mind was filled with romantic notions of traveling through tropical rainforests, becoming a fully accepted member of my host family, and becoming perfectly fluent in Spanish. I was ready for the life changing experience that I would carry with me for the rest […]

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By: Kathleen Exantus If you are a college freshman, congratulations on making it through your first semester of college. You are one step closer to getting your degree and pursuing your dream career – even if you are not sure what that is yet. This article is dedicated to the students who still don’t know what […]

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By: Karis Jecille It was my sophomore year of college and I was lonely. I had a boyfriend who attended a school across the state, and a few friends who were busy with their own lives, but I, sitting in my on-campus apartment, was very, very lonely. I won’t lie, I was anti-social and closed-off. I […]

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By: Asha Beasley Lately, on social media, many people have been posting positive stories of black people who have successfully obtained their bachelor’s/master’s/doctorate degree. We all know that this is done to stop the stereotype of the stupid, uneducated black American. It is actually heartwarming to see an Instagram post about a woman who recently […]

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By: Kimelle Being Black in a PWI is synonymous to being a Unicorn in a grocery store. Yes – it’s that real. I never would have thought that my blackness would be so “mesmerizing” to white kids. Of course I expected things to be different, but not like this. I came from a super pro […]

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By:Taylor-Cherie Ervin As a graduating senior in college, I reflect on these last 5 (yes five, sometimes it takes more than four) years of my college career. I see so many things that I should’ve done or could’ve done better. I always wish I could go back in time and tell myself to do this […]

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By: Jade Perry It’s the middle of your first semester or quarter at college. You’ve gotten a few grades in, started the process of finding community in college, and most likely pulled a few all-nighters. This season is a time to consider or re-consider all your academic and social goals, dreams, & plans for college. […]

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By: Ebony Thomas From the outside looking in, people have their own ideas about HBCUs but from the inside, the experience is more than I ever imagined. My HBCU has taught me more about myself and my people than I could have ever expected. Above all, it has taught me to value myself. I came […]

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By: Reniya Dinkins I never had to learn the ugly side of being a black girl until I went to college. Until I had to leave my “chocolate city” to move into a new space filled with wealthy white kids from prep schools, I never had to feel that angry side, that overly self-conscious side […]

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Written By: Alexis Ditaway 1. Breathe. You have completed 12 years of traditional schooling. You have applied and been accepted. You have filed countless amounts of paperwork and prepared endlessly for this moment. You deserve this. Take a moment to step away from the whirlwind of it all, and just breathe. Calm your nerves and […]

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Written By: Kyley Jameison Dear Other Student, First I would like to congratulate you on making it into college. I’m writing this letter to you in hopes that you get a better understanding of who I am as a young African American woman. I’ve already had my share of experiences at this university, both good […]

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Written By: Alexis Ditaway Higher education is one of the most important decisions that someone will make in their life. It can lead to great opportunities, memories and experiences that you will take with you forever. In African-American household, reaching higher education is an even bigger accomplishment. To have reached this point in education in […]

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