Personalities You’ll Meet At An HBCU, According to ‘A Different World’

by TV One Staff

September 24, 2017

Whether you’ve attended the illustrious Howard University or any of the great historically Black colleges/universities across the country, chances are you’ve run into a number of different personality types on campus. For the fans of A Different World, the students at the fictional Hillman College were pretty spot on to the characters we’ve met in real life.

Art imitates life much? Take a look at some personality types you’re destined to meet at an HBCU:

1. THE PRIMADONNA

She (and sometimes HE) comes from a legacy of HBCU graduates and/or a family of wealth. They are accustomed to the finer things in life, and because of it, may tend to look down on others who come from a different economical/social background. If you do get in good with the primadonna, they might share their cultivated privilege with you…but don’t count on it.

 

2. THE POSTER CHILD FOR COOL

S/He’s cool, smart, and popular. They’re basically who we all desire to be while in college. How is it possible that they aced their math exam AND went to that house party the night before? The poster child for cool really has a handle on this college thing.

 

3. THE LADIES MAN/ PARTY ANIMAL

They’re immersed into the social part of college, but not so much the academic part. If you want to know about the hottest campus events, get in good with them. If you need a study partner for that final exam, look elsewhere.

 

4. THE BIG SISTER/ BIG BROTHER

They might be an upper classman,  a transfer student, or they might simply just be an older student. Either way, they love helping others. Get in good with the big sister/big brother and you’ll have someone to count on for good advice, and to have your back.

 

5. THE ACTIVIST

If the activist finds out about an injustice on campus, be prepared for a good protest or boycott. They are all about ‘the people’ and believe a trip to the Motherland should be a mandatory part of the curriculum.

 

6. THE TOUGH CHICK/GUY

They’re from a huge major metropolitan city like NYC or Chicago and are actually pretty cool until you cross them. Then you’re in a whole world of pain.

 

7. THE WHOLESOME ATHLETE

He has two passions in life, sports and God. Oh, and he just loves his mama. Because of this, the ladies on campus cannot resist him.

 

8. THE OVERWHELMED ONE

You know this sometimes naive student quite well. They once had a grip on things when they were in high school, but college is truly a different world for them. You often wonder: Will they make it out alive?

 

9. THE ACADEMIC OVERACHIEVER

They have their head on straight and have dreams bigger than the Sears Tower. Because of this, they strive to be the perfect student. They cringe at the sight of B’s while you feel grateful enough to just pass the course.

 

TELL US: Be honest. Which personality type were you in college?

 

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