So You’re Going to an HBCU, 10 Things You Should Know

I got my Bachelors in Science from one of the best HBCUs EVER (don’t argue)… THEE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY. Those **cough cough** 4 years were the best years of my life. Made lifelong friendships, my mentor, and experiences I will always cherish. Below are some tips to make your move into an HBCU campus as smooth as possible. Always remember you make you own college experience, make it the best.

  1. Attending an HBCU is Fashion Week every week.

Especially on Fried Chicken Wednesday. Be prepared. Come to slay or get slayed on.

  1. Financial Aid Lines

The financial aid lines are longer than the club before 11 on a college night. Handle all financial obligations before stepping foot on campus.

  1. Fried Chicken Wednesday

Fried Chicken Wednesday is a national Holiday throughout all HBCUs. Please I beg you to wear your sweats on a different day than Fried Chicken Wednesday.

  1. Finding a Work Study

Find a work study as soon as you step on campus. Finding a job on campus will be easier than finding one in the community considering that most HBCUs are located in small towns.

  1. Don’t buy your books from the bookstore.

One phrase: Amazon Student Prime Memberships

  1. Don’t, I repeat… DON’T take pictures at any of the Greek plots.

Save yourself the embarrassment. Regardless of who’s in your family DON’T!

  1. Save your swipes.

Don’t swipe anyone in the café or other eatery areas around campus unless you know they will do the same. You’ll need those swipes at the end of the semester.

  1. Get to know your Café Ladies.

Be nice and on those days when you forget your ID in your room they will let you slide in the café.

9. Homecoming.

CAB or SGA usually throw week long events leading up to the most desired game of the season. Do yourself a solid and splurge on the VIP passes.

10. Network.

Start in your freshmen year and network every year until it’s time to graduate. You’ll land where you want to go.


It truly is an experience to attend college. The experience is unmatched. From learning new things, learning about yourself, networking, and making lifelong friendships. College is an accomplishment. Also don’t let anyone say HBCUs don’t matter are talk down as if getting a degree from a HBCU is meaningless. Prove them wrong. Have FUN! And Be Safe.

I hope I got you excited to start school, to stay up to date with me by subscribing to my newsletter and also following me on “all social media networks” (@KompletelyKai) and let’s chat. Until next time, BE BLESSED, BE BEAUTIFUL, ABOVE ALL THINGS BE YOU!!!!