Story by Katelyn Guillory, Class of 2018
Throughout its history, BRYC has taken six college tours to Atlanta. Each year more and more Fellows are exposed and eventually matriculate to Atlanta-area schools. And each year more and more of those Atlanta College Fellows meet up with us on the tour to share their campuses with the current Fellows. This year nearly 40 BRYC Fellows and six staff members visited seven schools and five College Fellows over two days as part of the 2018 Atlanta College Tour. Fellows and chaperones also enjoyed learning about the civil rights movement at the King Center and shopping at Atlantic Station. Below is a breakdown of the seven schools we visited on the tour.
Georgia Institute of Technology
As a public school providing a technologically-based education to the new leaders of the world, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) offers more than 100 internship opportunities in and outside of Atlanta. C.M. Runnels, a current Georgia Tech student and Baton Rouge Magnet High School alumnus, was able to give our Fellows insight on the differences between Baton Rouge and Atlanta and how taking AP courses in high school prepared him for success in college. “They’re really up-to-date. It’s official. I can see myself here,” Senior Fellow Christian Riley said of Georgia Tech.
This private, liberal arts, historically black men’s college seeks to redefine the meaning of leadership. Morehouse faculty and administration encourage students to make a mark in their communities and explore global opportunities. BRYC College Fellow and Scotlandville Magnet High School alumnus Kyron Freeman joined us for the tour of his campus. Kyron is following in the footsteps of three Belaire High School and BRYC alumni, John Queen, Jonathan Scott, and Alex Watford, by pursuing an education at Morehouse. “It’s all about the brotherhood and Black excellence,” Junior Fellow Alex Lacey said of Morehouse.
As a private, liberal arts, historically black women’s college, Spelman is a global leader in the education of young women in leadership and change. BRYC College Fellow and Spelman senior Brittany Butler shared her perspective of her school with BRYC Fellows during the tour. Butler will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May and plans to pursue joint Master’s of Social Work and Juris Doctor degrees following graduation. She has already been accepted to New York University and Tulane’s graduate schools! Senior Fellow Heather Randolph connected with Spelman and said, “I love this. Black female empowerment and encouragement to make some change. I’m here.” Several BRYC Senior Fellows have been accepted to Spelman for the 2018-2019 school year, including Shayla Hastings, Nyah Johnson, Jennifer Ndulaka, Kari Stephens, and me.
Clark Atlanta University
College Fellow Arroneisha Smith gave a handful of Fellows a comprehensive tour of Clark Atlanta University, a private, historically-black school located in close proximity to Morehouse and Spelman. Smith showed the group classrooms, the library, and even her dorm’s bathroom so they could get a true feel for campus life at Clark Atlanta. Several Senior Fellows are considering attending Clark Atlanta in the fall and were grateful for Smith’s perspective on the university.
University of West Georgia
About an hour and a half outside of Atlanta sits University of West Georgia, home of the Wolves. Many Fellows felt at home with this public institution and the opportunities available. Senior Fellow Shayla Hastings applied right after the tour. At first sight, Hastings wondered, “Why are we even here?” After listening to the tour guide, she realized the school had amazing opportunities for her. “Their constant construction throughout the school year shows they have money, and I need money for school,” Hastings said. Financial aid will obviously be a priority for Hastings as she makes her college choice!
As a top-ranked private institution, Emory University is known internationally for its involvement in the business and healthcare industries. Fellows were amazed by the many colleges and graduate and professional opportunities on campus. BRYC College Fellow and Broadmoor High School alumna Beatrice “Bea” Kariuki joined the tour, sharing about her experiences as a Gates Millennium Scholar and neuroscience and behavioral biology major at Emory. Junior Fellow Monasia Charles asked great questions about the social life and teacher-student relationships to be sure Emory is a strong candidate for her college list. Senior Fellow Ron’Janiele (Nelly) Bruce has been accepted to Emory and is considering making it her home in the fall.
Oxford College of Emory University
Oxford provides an alternative start at Emory University for students who prefer a smaller campus in their transition from high school. This two-year, residential college offers an intense focus on a liberal arts education, leadership, and community service before students transfer to the Emory University Atlanta campus. BRYC College Fellow and West Feliciana High School alumna Mika Cooper is excelling as a first-year student at Oxford. A majority of the BRYC Fellows present felt at home in the tight-knit community Oxford offers. After the tour, Fellows attended a college panel to hear about current students’ unique experiences on the smaller campus.
To see more pictures from the Atlanta College Tour, visit thebryc.org/fellows.