Q & A with Adriane Manigo
When you receive a B.A. in African American studies you not only gain knowledge about the course content, but you gain valuable life lessons that you can carry on with you in any route of life that you choose.
Why did you decide to take an African American studies class?
I began taking classes in the Department of African American Studies because I felt that I didn't have a strong understanding of the history of African Americans, and I most definitely was not knowledgeable about the African Diaspora. I quickly fell in love with the department because of the passion and drive that the students and professors have behind sharing and gaining knowledge about the discipline—and life as a whole.
What was one of your favorite classes in your major?
My favorite class was “Introduction to Africana Studies.” I took this class with Dr. Chioke I'Anson and from the moment he walked into the class I knew that I had chosen the right major path. I had never been as excited to attend a class not just because of the content, but because of the way in which the professor communicated with the students. I was learning information that I had never been exposed to about Africana studies, information that was never mentioned in my previous educational experiences. What I loved most about learning this new information though was, even though I felt it at times, there was no shame in not knowing what was being taught in the course.
Can you tell us about your study abroad experience?
I had the chance to study abroad in Barbados with Dr. Bernard Moitt for his Atlantic History and Culture Program. Before studying abroad, I had never been out of the United States for more than the length of a seven-day cruise, and I surely had never been exposed to and immersed in a different culture like I was when I stayed in Barbados. Not only was I able to learn about the history of the new territory of which I was in, I was able to see it and get up close and personal with it. This was an experience that I will truly never forget and will always cherish.
I also want to mention the fact that not only was I able to study abroad and get all of the amazing experiences that came with it, I was able to do so without having to pay for anything out of pocket. The scholarship money and aid are there, it just takes the right person to push you to want to find it.
Why should a student major in African American studies?
When you receive a B.A. in African American studies you not only gain knowledge about the course content, but you gain valuable life lessons that you can carry on with you in any route of life that you choose. Also, I think that it's important to mention that you can do more than you would think was possible with this degree, like law, nonprofit work, journalism, public health, you name it.