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Feb 12th

Audrey McKay: An HBCU experience

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w audrey mckay spelmanBorn and raised in the powerful District of Columbia – Metro area, home to the legend President Barack Obama; Audrey McKay, an accomplished author, CEO of Two Shoes Publishing House, former scientist, and graduate of Spelman College has decided to take a few moments from her successful life to share her famed “HBCU experience”.

Where are you from? How did you first hear about HBCUs?

I grew up in the D.C. Metro area, and I had always known about HBCU’s but I hadn’t really planned to attend one over any other type of school in the beginning.

What made you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

When I visited the school, (Spelman), it just touched something in me and I felt like it was the only place I wanted to spend my college years in.

How did you decide to become a student at Spelman College?

A girlfriend of mine, that had gone to the same high school, convinced me to apply. At first I was dead set against it because I attended an all-girls high school and thought there was no way I would be doing the same for college, but my friend came back from her first semester and laid my fears to rest. lol

What professors at Spelman College left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

There were several professors that made a positive impression on me while I was there, but I think the person that left the most impact was Johnnetta B. Cole. She was elected as the first ever black woman president of my predominantly black woman’s college. I was so impressed with how she came in and took us to higher levels with her leadership. She is a phenomenal woman that really changed the way I looked at myself.

What is the story of your “experience” at Spelman College given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

I love my school and I’m so glad we chose each other. The network of alumna is amazing and extremely helpful.

In the past couple of years I’ve been able to go back and talk to some of the incoming freshmen and it was a very rewarding experience.

What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

My major was biology and I chose it because I like to cut things up (In the lab). At one point, I thought I wanted to be a doctor.
It was between that and something to do with writing, but I chose science because I listened to people who kept saying that writers didn’t make money.

What was your proudest moment at Spelman College?

It would have to be graduating. Accomplishing something that took several years of time and effort made me feel good.

How many “firsts” did you have at Spelman College? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

I think most of my “firsts” occurred at college. It’s a time where you get to stretch your wings and step out from under your parents oversight to see who you really are, or who you want to be. I think those years at college really helped me form my sense of myself. I’m very grateful for those years.

If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Believe in yourself. Never give up.So many things will come against you when you try to move on to the next level. You just have to persevere and push through it. Don’t let anything from your past or what anyone says about you deter you. You can make it to your next level if you keep pushing.

If you have questions about attending an HBCU, namely Spelman you can reach Audrey McKay on Facebook and Twitter. Be respectful in your quest for knowledge.

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