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Oakland teen’s 5.0 GPA, 2100 SAT score lands him acceptance from multiple Ivy Leagues

When most people see 17-year-old Akintunde Ahmad, they find it hard to believe he has earned a 5.0 GPA, a 2100 SAT score and acceptance into almost every Ivy League school in the nation.

This is because Ahmad, who describes himself as a “street dude,” admits that he is often judged by his 6-foot-1 frame and waist-long dreads. In fact, the Oakland teen has been underestimated by his peers to the point where only cellphone images of his grades and test scores provide the most viable proof.

According to ABC, Ahmad — who attends Oakland Tech High in northern California — has been accepted into a number of prestigious schools including Yale, Brown, Columbia, Northwestern, the University of Southern California, UCLA and Howard, among others.

Aside from his exceptional academic record, Ahmad also plays three instruments and is a star athlete on his school’s baseball team. So much so, that he has even been approached by Yale about joining the university’s team…

Read more… (The Grio)

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Hi Tumblr family, 

My name is Joanne Cazeau. For the past two and a half years, I have been blogging about the experience of students of color, primarily African American students and those of the Afro-Caribbean and African Diaspora, as they navigate the college.  

I am trying to raise some money - a lot of money - to bridge the gap in my tuition costs for my Masters’ Program at Howard University. 

Please Please share the link below on all of your social media platforms and reblog on your Tumblr pages. 

If you can make a donation as well, big or small, I would sincerely appreciate it! Every bit counts!

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Reared against the eastern sky
Proudly there on hilltop high
Far above the lake so blue
Stands old Howard, firm and true

There she stands for truth and right
Sending forth her rays of light
Clad in robes of majesty
O Howard we sing of thee

Be thou still our guide and stay
Leading us from day to day
Make us true and leal and strong
Ever bold to battle wrong

When from thee we’ve gone away
Let us strive for you each day
As we sail life’s rugged seas
O Howard we sing of thee

—  Howard University Alma Mater <3

I know I missed the #Blackout by a few days, but this is a picture of my sister and me! I’ve managed to remained anonymous as a blogger over the past two years, but now that I’m graduating, why not?

My sister, Nathalie (left), is a graduate of the Fairleigh Dickinson University as well as the American University, earning a Bachelor of Art in International Affairs with a minor in Communications from FDU and most recently earning a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from AU. She is the author of the lifestyle and advice blog, “My Freshman Year of Life”.

I, Joanne (right), am a graduating senior of the George Washington University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Public Health (saving the babies is my life-long aspiration). In the fall, I will be attending the Howard University, pursuing a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. As you all know, I am the author of the blog, “The Black Collegial Experience”.

When we’re not both trying to take over the world, my sister and I really enjoy uplifting young scholars and young professionals, especially those of color. 

Both of our blogs are hyper-linked above, but you can also follow us on Instagram. My sister is new to blogging on Instagram, so go ahead and show her some support!

@theblackcollegian @myfreshmanyearoflife

We look forward to cyber-meeting you all!

Much Love,

The Black Collegian. 

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Howard or Spelman?

As the end of my junior year of high school is rapidly winding down, it hit me that in just a couple of months it will be time for me to start applying to colleges. 

I’ve always been a lover of HBCUs. It’s my dream to attend one. I live in Nashville, TN and the only ones we have here don’t really interest me (TSU & Fisk). The schools that have really caught my attention are Howard University and Spelman College. I love everything I see and read about them. I would love the chance to be able to attend one, which is why I ask the question: Howard or Spelman?  

I’m putting this question out there for anyone to answer. I’d really like to know why you chose what you chose.  Also what you may like or dislike about the school.

If it’s not too much of a problem, I’d really like to know: 

  • what the environment is like
  • admittance ( how was the application process)  also anything about scholarships!
  • academics (of course)
  • facility conditions
  • tuition and anything regarding money
  • housing (what’s it like?)
  • extracurriculars (anything ranging from sports, clubs, greek life)
  • and anything else you think I should know!

Thanks in advance! My inbox is always open or you could just reply to this post. :)