Abraham Howell

Getting involved, trying new things
Friday, November 3, 2017
By Linda Coutant

Applying to Appalachian State University seemed “a smart choice” to Abraham Howell of Charlotte. Now a sophomore who is excelling both academically and socially, Howell said he’s glad he did.

He made friends on campus right away, he said, and earned dean’s list status. Fascinated by Latino culture, he joined the Hispanic Student Association – and encouraged two friends to join, too. As a psychology major, he became an officer in the Industrial Organizational Psychology Club.

Howell received an Academic Excellence Scholarship to come to Appalachian, as well as the Dr. Willie C. Fleming Scholarship, which is granted to students who demonstrate a desire to promote cultural diversity.

He said he supports diversity at Appalachian by engaging with existing groups.

“I’m not a starter, but I will definitely try anything at least once,” Howell said. “Getting involved is an active way to show I’m interested in diversity and that diversity is good for the community. I want to be known as someone who wasn’t afraid to do new things.”

Next, he said he may join the Advocates Promoting Positive Self Image (APPSI) club.

“App is great – I love it,” Howell said. “College isn’t hard if you apply yourself and have a strong group of friends who support you. That is what has helped me.”

The cost of university tuition and fees, plus room and board, seemed overwhelming at first, Howell said. “Getting the call that I’d gotten scholarship support was a huge load off me and my family. I’m definitely grateful,” he said.

Howell encourages other students to apply to Appalachian. “The feeling is like small town-ish. It’s one big family here,” he said.