Posted on: June 30, 2021 Posted by: Orina Comments: 0

Bennett College is an all girls HBCU located in Greensboro, NC and founded in 1873, that has produced some remarkable leaders and world changers. We started the “Becoming a Bennett Belle” series to speak with Bennett College graduates and learn more about what becoming a Bennett Belle is all about.

Attending Bennett College has been the best decision I have ever made thus far. During my matriculation, I have had the opportunity to learn many life lessons that have prepared me for the real world. To be a Bennett Belle means to be a woman who is fearless, powerful and influential. I have been around multiple inspirational women who I can call my sisters and being graced with with their presence has ultimately made me want the best for my future

Ashlynn Lee

Full name 

Ashlynn Lee

Graduation year and major 

2021 Biology

What was your life like before attending Bennett College? 

Before attending Bennett College, I was highly active in my high school! By attending Martin Community College while in high school, I was always occupied academically. Additionally, I served as the SGA President for my class, trombone section leader in the marching band and participated in many services projects in my rural community.

What inspired your decision to attend Bennett College ? 

I was inspired to attend Bennett College after being notified that I had been chosen to receive a full tuition scholarship. I was ecstatic about the news and was very grateful to know that Bennett believed in my future enough to pay the way for me and relieve me of that financial burden. Additionally, the close knit campus really drew me in because I knew Bennett would end up being my second family.

Are there other HBCU graduates in your family or are you first generation? If first generation, how does it feel starting the legacy of HBCU greatness? 

My family has a multitude of HBCU graduates and I am grateful to carry on that legacy.

How did attending Bennett College transform you into the woman you are today ? 

Attending Bennett College has been the best decision I have ever made thus far. During my matriculation, I have had the opportunity to learn many life lessons that have prepared me for the real world. To be a Bennett Belle means to be a woman who is fearless, powerful and influential. I have been around multiple inspirational women who I can call my sisters and being graced with with their presence has ultimately made me want the best for my future!

What were some of the most memorable moments of your HBCU experience? 

As a Bennett student, I have been highly involved on campus. From serving as the President of the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS), a Resident Assistant, choir member and percussionist to being an Orientation Leader. It has been a pure joy to be engaged with my peers and the Greensboro community. In terms of most memorable, simply being on campus and having my sisters acknowledge me with positivity and cheer me on as I pursued my dreams is something that I will cherish forever.

Leave us with some words of advice for future Bennett Belles 

Always know that there are Bennett sisters all around that will support you and love you unconditionally. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help because we are here for you!

Instagram handle and website if you have one 

@ibe.lynn

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