Searching for a place in college

Hundreds of thousands of minorities head to college soon. For many, fitting in can be the hardest part.

August 13, 2014

By: Marcus Blueitt

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WBEZ intern Marcus Blueitt went from a majority African-American high school to a majority white college.

In high school, I knew that I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t know how I was going to get there. My senior year, I got a full-ride scholarship to Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire and it was a no brainer to take it.

I was excited to go, until I got there and felt like I couldn’t relate to anyone. 

My college is about 70 percent Caucasian and only 5 percent African-American, and so coming from a high school where it’s 99 percent African-American, that alone was a big adjustment.

I’m not the only one who feels this way, so I decided to talk to a couple of people experiencing the same thing. This is our story. 

Students interviewed are Taneja Shaw and Aaron Atchison. You can also hear a conversation about adjusting to college from Morning Shift.

Atchison wrote a story last year for WBEZ called "Fear of Freshman Year".