Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Should a black student attend a black university or a white university? (by anon)

College is a place for many students to come and discover who they really are as people. It is a chance for a person to gain some real life experience before taking their place amongst society in the real world. So with this being the case, which college is better for a black student to attend a HBCU (historically black college or university) or a predominately white institution? I feel that in order to gain experience in how to socialize with the rest of society a black student is able to best gain this experience a white institution.

Being a black student coming from a predominately black college prep high school and attending a predominantly white institution I feel that it is best if a black student attends a white college. Like everything in life there are pros and cons with both of these situations. When going to a predominantly white college we notice that some pros are that we are able to reap some of the benefits of the white students that HBCUs do not offer. A big con is that when attending a white institution as opposed to a black one we lack a sense of understanding. Many African American students are more likely to have bigger support system from their own people that white.   Even though this is the case we see that there is a lack of a support system at white universities there is still a better experience here because ultimately in the real world you have to fend for yourself and you won’t always have someone there to pick you up when you fall. This is a skill you must learn to do on your own.

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