Dropping Out of an HBCU – A Conversation with Former Howard Student Frederick McKindra

In a dynamic piece published on BuzzFeed last week, former Howard University student and BuzzFeed fellow Federick McKindra dissects the tug-of-war between HBCU affinity, alliances and outcomes. His story is one of thousands across the country shared by current and former students who, in the pursuit of the HBCU culture and its benefits, often find themselves dissatisfied with the difference between its promise and what individual campuses deliver for individual students.

READ MCKINDRA’S ARTICLE – “My Father And I Both Chose HBCUs, But Not For The Same Reason

I talked with McKindra about his experiences, his views of Howard in the years since leaving D.C., and how other students should consider when and if leaving an HBCU is the right move for their personal and professional lives.

Frederick McKindra by HBCU Digest

We talk with BuzzFeed fellow and former Howard University student Frederick McKindra about the blessing and the burden of HBCU legacy, finding the right college fit, and how to separate interpersonal culture from personal choice. The conversation stems from his recent BuzzFeed article “My Father And I Both Chose HBCUs, But Not For The Same Reason.”