A Look Back at My Howard Journey

Using Howard University as the blueprint of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, we posed a question about whether Black- specialized education still matters today. Current seniors sounded off on their Black experiences at Howard, and whether they are prepared for life after undergrad. Here’s what they had to say.

Xavier Rajpaul

Major: Sports Management

Hometown: Belmont, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

“I transferred to Howard because Phillip Coker (B.B.A. ’16), a soccer player from Trinidad, had also gone to Howard. At Howard, you learn things that you would never learn at any other school. You learn about the history that is hidden within American society. My great-grandmother was a slave. However, I have learned more about slavery at Howard than I did from her. Knowing about this history makes me happy because I can then inform my friends from Trinidad about the new things I learned.”


Lea Heusinger-Jonda

Major: Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Berlin, Germany

“I am very happy that I came to Howard. Not being American, Howard shows you a whole different side of American culture and helps you understand the country better. Howard doesn’t only help you understand race relations, but American society from a different perspective that you wouldn’t usually be exposed to being White or European.”


Justin Austin

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

“You come to Howard if you want to impact more people than just yourself and if you want to hustle and work hard. Howard shows you that you can give back in so many different ways. It is the school of hard knocks. If you can make it at Howard, then you can make it anywhere. Howard breeds you to be an animal, so when the real world hits you, you won’t fall.”


Rachel Darko

Major: Biology

Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
(Satte-Shi, Japan and Teshie-Nungua, Ghana)

“Howard has forced me to be a bold person and a bolder learner. I have to examine everything that comes at my dashboard and really think about why things are the way they are. Really look at my world more critically, not just in science, but also in politics and social justice. I can’t approach science with scrutiny and not do the same for the social climate.”


Brittany Clark

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Major: Musical Theater

“I am a Black female artist. I couldn’t always say that. I always knew it, but I didn’t always feel it. Somewhere between my freshman year and now, though, I started to believe it, feel it and love it. Howard has given me such a sense of pride in being a young Black artist. It has helped my acceptance and understanding of who I am as a person, and that is something that I could never put a price on.”




“Connecting You to HU” is our goal. Howard alumni truly define this university and reinforce the powerful legacy that is our alma mater.