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First Generation Hampton University Grad on her way to the Ivy League

HAMPTON, Va. – A native of Houston, Texas, Timia Whitsey is one of Hampton University’s newest graduates, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a minor in cinema studies from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. Whitsey has been selected as an HBCU fellow for the master’s program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. As a fellow, Whitsey will receive full tuition, free housing, an assigned industry mentor and career coaching. Whitsey will be working towards a master’s degree in Strategic Communications, class of 2020.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude, Whitsey made sure to leave a lasting mark on her ‘Home by the Sea.’ As a very involved student, she was a member of the Southwest Pre-Alumni Council, English tutor for the HU writing lab, senior co-facilitator for the Greer Dawson Wilson Student Leadership Training Program, and a 2018 initiate into the Gamma Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Whitsey is a first generation college student and has learned a great deal from her Alma Mater. “The opportunities that Hampton provides, I have never had these types of opportunities back home. No one in my family has gone to college, so HU is all I know. Being a part of the student leadership training program, I learned the essence of professionalism, which is something I wouldn’t have gained had I not come to Hampton,” said Whitsey. “HU teaches you persistence, the value of tradition, family, and networking. The Hampton love is so real. I made sure to make the most out of my experience here.”

Throughout her tenure at Hampton University, Whitsey was a writer, anchor, and reporter for WHOV-TV News watch, intern for Favor Multimedia, and an Assignments Intern for ABC13 in Houston, Texas. She was the director of two Hampton University pageants, and a writer and director for on-campus plays.

As an inspiring television writer, Whitsey has plans to attend and volunteer at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, FL. “I don’t want to limit myself in the film industry. Whether its horror, comedy, or something based on a true story, I just don’t want to limit my writing to one specific genre. Most of my writing comes from my dreams. So far, I’ve written two scripts and two plays for HU Black History Extravaganza. I also do a lot of writing in my spare time,” Whitsey said.