BET College Tour Invades Norfolk State University
By Brittany Kenny
Communications and Marketing Intern
(Norfolk, Virginia)—Class was back in session at Norfolk State University recently as the BET College Tour made a stop on campus .
The Tour brought a day filled with entertainment, concerts, games, product samples and consumer information as well as health screenings.
The network hosted the BET College Tour inside of the Student Center. The event gave students a chance to showcase their talents in various contests for prizes and a chance to be featured in an upcoming commercial.
BET holds the tour annually at several historically Black Colleges and Universities to connect with college students across the county in-person and through social media.
The college tour was established to brand, support and promote different HBCUs around the world, according the network’s website. Some of the events held inside of the Student Center included a freestyle rap contest, singing competition, video game matches and basketball tournaments where students competed against each other. Several booths were also stationed at the event to help inform students about how to live healthy lifestyles such as the RAP-IT-UP program.
Representatives from companies such as Denny’s and the Hyundai Motor America were also at the tour stop to engage with students and to also provide information about scholarships and internship opportunities.
The tour stop also gave students a chance to watch live musical performances from up and coming artists.
Grammy nominated R&B artist Luke James and singer Justine Skye performed during a short concert. Also, DJ Herkules and DJ Sixth Sense spun records for the hundreds of students that attended the various activities throughout the day in the Student Center.
While the tour was centered on entertainment and leisure activities many students on campus identify with, many also appreciated the information the BET College Tour provided about careers and scholarships.
Norfolk State student Anasha Dickerson said she had fun participating in the entertainment-related events, but she was more so pleased to see the abundance of career opportunities.
“I think it gave students the opportunity to network and present their resumes to potential employers,” Dickerson said.