Being an African American, I felt that it was extremely important for me to attend a school that reflected my culture as well as one that had historical value. I was attracted to the Greek life presented, the lively Black culture which was openly expressed, and the fact that Howard was one of the top HBCUs and widely known. There was no doubt in my mind that it was where I would spend my college years.
When I was accepted into SUNY Albany, things began to change. My mother, who was my number one supporter of my choice of Howard told me that I needed to reconsider my options. She explained to me how good of a school SUNY Albany was and how it would be more affordable and overall a better choice for me.
At first I was overwhelmed with a mixture of different feelings as I believed no one was supporting my decision to attend Howard University. I was already set on the idea, and as far as I was concerned, it was where I was going. However, once I got a chance to visit SUNY Albany, I got a chance to see the campus and get a feel of how it would be. It wasn’t Howard, but I did like what I saw and I decided to give it a chance. Three years later, and I am extremely happy with the decision I made.