Name: Bryant Stewart |
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Major/Concentration: Political Science
I believe I am a very strong student academically, due to my personal values. I believe there is no secret to success accept for hard work. Recently, I was honored with the Student Affairs Presidential Circle Leadership Award. This is the highest honor I have ever received from Bowie State University. I am also a winner of numerous academic achievement awards from the Department of History and Government.
Why did you choose to attend Bowie State University?
I always wanted to attend a Historically Black College or University, however with affordability, culture, and location being my major concerns Bowie State University was the best option for me.
What professor/s has had the most impact on you and why?
There are so many that have had profound impacts on me, however I believe Dr. Benjamin Arah and his philosophical lectures have had the greatest impact on my matriculation here at Bowie State. Dr. Arah's work ethic, experience in his discipline, and openness to student concerns make him a very easy person to like and confide in.
How Bowie State helped to enhance your cultural experiences?
Bowie State University has helped me to identify, learn, and appreciate the rich diversity of Black people. Bowie helped me to see that diversity is not limited to people of different colors, but there is a rich diversity in the culture of Black people. With all the countries in the continent of Africa, to the countries in the Caribbean, Black people are extremely diverse. Bowie State offers a rich diversity of many cultures that I had never experienced before.
I do plan to attend graduate school with the help of AT&T's reimbursement program. I have not decided which school I will attend, but I will be pursuing my Master's in Public Administration.
What extracurricular activities and community service have made a significant and positive difference in your life?
With a strong fraternity background of "service first", I must say that my most memorable moment at Bowie State University comes from the Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans. We were greeted by the Principal of a school in New Orleans, which institutionally still felt the effects of Katrina. The Principal explained to us the significance we would have on the children's lives and thanked us for surrendering our spring break to the city of New Orleans. Later, we had the opportunity to speak to the students of a school in the city. We separated the children by males and females, here we were able to have man to man and woman to woman discussion. Just by sharing our collegiate experiences we were able to change perspectives on college. The moment I will always remember is when a young man stood up and said "You have inspired me to go to college, it is possible." He always thought college was just a distant dream that could never be reached, but after we left he knew acceptance into college could be accomplished. After the discussion, some of the men in the group including myself gave the children our email address, phone numbers, and contact information so they would always have a tangible connection to the thought that anything is possible.