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The final student to be profiled in our series on the class of 2013 has played a large role in student government this year. As president of the Howard University Student Association, Brittany Foxhall, along with the rest of the Howard University Student Association administration, has helped to advocate for her fellow students in many areas. Her commitment to hard work is evident to her peers as well as to all of the professors, administrators and staff who have had the pleasure to work with her during her time at Howard.
Her commitment to the University’s core values of leadership and service is taking her all the way to China this summer, where she will learn even more about teaching and helping others. Miss Foxhall graduated this past weekend along with over 2,000 other graduating undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. This is the start of a new chapter for these outstanding new alumni, and I am excited to see what the future holds for them all.
Sidney A. Ribeau
Name: Brittany Foxhall
Major: International business, with a concentration in emerging nations
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Post-graduation plans: Miss Foxhall has been accepted to the Ameson Year in China Program, a teaching fellowship in Beijing, China, and will be moving to Beijing in August.
Special note: Miss Foxhall served as president of the Howard University Student Association for the 2012-13 academic year.
How did you decide on Howard as your university of choice?
In the 5th grade I came to Howard for my older cousin’s graduation. I loved it right away. Right then I set my sights on Howard and it was the only school I applied to when I was in high school.
What is your view of your Howard experience?
My experience has been exceptional because I’ve been able to see how I’ve grown a lot as a person, as a student. Through my leadership roles both in- and outside of classroom, I’ve learned a lot about myself. It teaches you to persevere when things are all over the place. It makes you a fighter and I am thankful for that. I feel like I have tried every [group or activity] possible on campus. It’s been an amazing experience.
What is your favorite thing about Howard University?
I really like the family atmosphere. Peers, administration, faculty, staff—everybody is so close. It is also good when I see alumni that are still connected. Passion is within them. These are relationships and friendships that you build for the rest of your lives. Continue reading »
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Each year, Commencement is the most important day in the life of our University. It is a coming together of dreams and aspirations, of hard work and sacrifice.
Each student has a different story of how his or her passage through Howard went. For some, the voyage may have been a bit stormy. For others, the voyage may have taken longer than expected. However, each graduate has finally arrived at the shore of completion, and they are better for the journey. They emerge as leaders in every category, ready to set sail in a new direction.
To have President William Jefferson Clinton as our commencement speaker is very significant as well. A two-term president and champion of the disenfranchised and the underserved, I know the former leader of our nation will have strong and encouraging words for our graduating students.
This special event will be rewarding not only to the graduates, but also to their families, friends and supporters who will be there to witness this great milestone in their lives. It will also be a proud moment for faculty and staff to see all that the students that they helped nurture during their journey at Howard University have finally accomplished. Continue reading »
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–Proverbs 27:17 (New King James Version)
When dealing with others, are you problem-focused or possibility-focused? One of the attributes of a true Christian is the ability to encourage and uplift others. Having a supportive attitude towards a friend or coworker when they need it most will not only bring out the best in that person, but in yourself and all those who witness it as well. So why not ‘encourage each other and build each other up’ at every opportunity’? (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
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As we complete this last week before our 2013 Commencement, I look back at the students featured on this blog, as well as other students I have come to know. The most common theme among these young people is a feeling that Howard is a nurturing environment. Our students feel a sense of family and caring from their professors, fellow students, and staff that makes Howard truly a family to which they will always belong.
Our students know that there are people who care that they not only complete their studies, but that they excel at them. They know that there is a community of persons with a vested interest in their well-being, their performance and their success. Christine Jenkins felt that sense of nurturing, especially from her fellow members of the “Showtime” Marching Band. This feeling of togetherness and wanting to help one another has translated into her volunteer work as well as her career aspirations. An attitude of service is one of the University’s core values and a principle that will carry her straight towards attaining all of her goals.
Sidney A. Ribeau
Name: Christine Jenkins
Major: Telecommunications Management, Minor in economics
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
After being at predominantly white institutions (PWIs) most of my life, I wanted to be at a school filled with people who looked like me. I decided I wanted to go to an HBCU, and knew that Howard was where I wanted to be. I applied to a few other schools just in case, but I had my heart set on Howard.
What is your overall view of your Howard experience?
I believe that being a part of the “Showtime” Marching Band has been my biggest influence during my time at Howard. My first year, during Freshman Week, I tried out for the Ooh La La! Dance Line. Just being a part of that has been a very nurturing experience.
When I discuss Howard, or when I’m out recruiting, I tell people, “If you want the experience of a lifetime you should come to Howard. If you just want to stay in your room and do nothing, this is not the place for you.” Continue reading »