Being A Black Student at A Big 10 University

I applied to several big Midwestern universities in 1993 and one hail Mary school, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I applied to Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan State. The Office of Minority Student Affairs admitted under the President’s Award Program, a scholarship offered to “High achieving newly-admitted freshmen from several underrepresented groups”. So it was a no brainer I would attend school at the Urbana- Champaign campus with my dreams to be a graphic designer.