So my alma mater Hampton University doesn’t want the students in the MBA program to wear dreadlocks and cornrows. Of course there has been some outrage about this. Some believe that college students should able to wear their hair however they like. Some believe this is a tactic to weed out undesirables.
My school has a bourgeois image. To the outside world, Hampton Students are a bunch of Boule, Jack and Jill, uppity black people. I admit that some of that goes on. However, that is not true about all of us.
My belief is that college is supposed to be a place where you get some things out of your system: partying, drinking, meeting new people, hearing new ideas, etc.etc. Also, college should be a place that gets you ready for the real world.
For those of you who are not familiar with Hampton University. Let me give you short bio: Hampton University is private university that sits near the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia with an enrollment of 5,000 students. The school’s motto: The Standard of Excellence, An Education for Life.
Hampton University is a private school. This means they have the autonomy to amend the rules however they see fit. Remember what Morehouse College did about some of their cross-dressing students?
I’m going to play Devil’s advocate here: We live in a world where first impressions and stereotypes are still in play. Hampton does not want their alumni to not get jobs because of those reasons. I hate to say this, but certain hairstyles are associated with images that no one wants a part of. Especially people who make the decsions at Fortune 500 companies.
Personally, I think people should be able to do whatever they want. Especially college students.
In conclusion, my school takes the college experience very seriously. Hampton University wants its students in the business college to conform to a way of life where individuality takes a back seat to the bottom line: When in Rome, do what the Romans do.