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Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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Bahamian Students Sample Campus Life at Howard

WASHINGTON (Aug 3, 2011) – Over the years, Howard University has trained generations of Bahamians as doctors, dentists and in other professional roles, cementing deep ties between the Caribbean island nation and the University. To refresh that bond, a group of 44 students from Bahamas Harvest Church in Nassau received the “Howard experience” on July 29.

The high school students attended information sessions and private interviews and for the first time experienced sitting in university classrooms. Michael Damas, 17,  used the on-campus time to bolster his admissions prospects with officials at the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences. 

“It’s a good school,” Damas said. “It’s a down-to-earth school. I like the heritage and history of teaching slaves in the beginning and how they kept that alive and the school centered on black people.”

While visiting the region, the students stayed in Howard University dormitory rooms. Many for the first time took part in the rituals of college life, such as washing their own clothes.

The trip was organized by Erica Hepburn, president of the Howard University Alumni Bahamas Chapter, and Natasha Cunningham, pastor’s assistant at Bahamas Harvest Church and whose daughter is seeking admission to Howard.
Cunningham said the church felt it was important to give prospective students an early look at what life was like at a large university.

“Most of the time, students come back home because they are not used to the environment,” she said. “They are used to their parents doing everything for them. They experience culture shock.”

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