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What It's Like To Transfer HBCUs

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Softball America spoke with Aseyah Alexander, a senior shortstop and captain at Bowie State University, to discuss her experience transferring from one Historically Black College/University (HBCU) to another.

Alexander, who started her collegiate softball career at Division I Hampton University, made the decision to transfer to Division II Bowie State after her freshman season in 2018.

Read below to learn about Alexander's decision to change both HBCUs and NCAA divisions.

Softball America: How was your experience at Hampton University? 

Aseyah Alexander: Hampton University was a great experience. Academically, it was a little challenging, but socially and athletically, it was awesome. Athletically, it was great because I learned many new drills and learned a lot about how it is to play at a Division 1 level. Practicing at a fast pace molded me into the player I am today.

SA: What made you want to transfer?

AA: I left because I got a full scholarship to play softball at Bowie State University. It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up.

SA: How has your experience been at Bowie State to date?

AA: I love it at Bowie. I love it all around, academically, athletically and socially. I've been on the Dean's List since I transferred, have participated in the campus activity board and am currently a captain of the softball team. I've met lifelong friends and teammates and have a supporting coaching staff for which I am incredibly grateful.

SA: Would you say transferring was the right decision for you?

AA: Bowie was the best decision I've made because I'm so happy here. My teammates and I get along very well, and I'm doing great in school. With such uncertain times, playing softball is always something I can count on as I am surrounded by such a great atmosphere.

SA: How has playing at an HBCU helped you become the person you are today?

AA: Playing at an HBCU revealed how there are many girls with my skin complexion who are athletic. Growing up playing softball, I was the only Black girl on my team for many years. Playing at Hampton and Bowie opened my eyes to the fact that there are many other African Americans who have the potential to play at a collegiate level, and I love to see it. It has shaped me to be the person I am today by being able to see my kind excel not only on the field, but dominating academics as well.

SA: Do you have any advice for other softball student-athletes who are considering transferring from one HBCU to another?

AA: My advice to anyone transferring to another HBCU would be to have an open mindset, get involved in campus activities and keep up with your grades.

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