The Bison Life: What to Know About Howard University

All about Howard University culture and what you need to know to succeed.

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HBCU Buzz

Howard University is the mecca for all things Black: black excellence, black creativity, and black innovation. As I embark on my first month at Howard University, there are some things I wish I knew last year. Even in a virtual environment, being around such amazing and diverse people came with its struggles, too. From worrying about academics to imposter syndrome, there were some things that I wish I could have told myself to ease some of my anxiety about being in a new environment.


Enter “The Bison Life”---a new segment on Makenna’s Meditation. Aimed at helping baby and current bison, The Bison Life will detail all the information I learned and gained at Howard that’s needed to succeed at school and beyond. Like I’ve said before, I’m not holding back, so expect to know all the good and the bad.


So what can you expect? What is Howard really like? Below I have some tips I wish I would have known and glimpses into the life of a Howard student.


Be open-minded. Listen and learn.

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Christina Morillo

Howard University is filled with different people from different backgrounds. With such a diverse crowd, you’re bound to encounter people from all walks of life—whether they grew up in affluent neighborhoods or in single-bedroom houses. There’s different people from different location, and you have to be open-minded about their experiences and what they’ve gone through.


Some kids don’t have great relationships with their parents, and some do. Some kids grew up in impoverished homes, and some didn’t. Some kids don’t have the same resources as others, and some have everything they needed and more.


The point is, you have to be open-minded about your peers. Listen to their stories. Broaden your perspective. Be careful what you say and how you say things to people (because let’s be honest... elitism and classism at HBCUS is a real thing). Don’t make people feel ostracized cause they didn’t have or didn’t know what you have or know.


College is a learning experience in and outside of the classroom.