Degree:Master's degree in physician's assistant studies, Shenandoah University
How has your Hood education benefited you?
My education from Hood College gave me the foundation to move ahead in life as a well-rounded professional.
How did your time at Hood prepare you for the graduate school coursework?
My time at Hood provided me with a science background required to pursue my master's degree in physician assistant studies. Now, as a physician assistant, I am in a career that has the best-projected job growth for a master's degree
What were your extracurricular experiences?
The leadership roles I held, including STARs tour guide coordinator and vice president of the Class of 2008 during my senior year, provided me with leadership skills necessary for me to be an outspoken leader in the medical field.
Did you decide your major right away?
I had decided that my major would be in the science field, and I fine-tuned it to chemistry. During my senior year I decided that I wanted to become a physician assistant.
What is your favorite memory of Hood?
Some of my favorite moments at Hood had to be when I was an orientation assistant during my senior year. I felt as if I was imparting my knowledge as an upper classman to the new young freshman.
Who were your mentors at Hood?
I had numerous mentors while at Hood College, in the classroom and in my extracurricular activities. In the classroom, I sought advice from all the professors in the chemistry department, especially Professor Susan Ensel. In the extracurricular realm, I sought advice from the admission team, especially Elizabeth Gomer.
What is your opinion on the value of a Hood education?
The education from Hood College is unique. You are educated very well within your major, but you also take a variety of courses to expand your horizons. You come out prepared to be an intellectual adult in your field of study but you also have knowledge in other fields. You never know when those other areas will come in handy. During my time at Hood College, I also took several Spanish courses since I was in the honors program. During my second year of PA school, I traveled to Nicaragua on a medical mission trip and that Spanish training came in handy!
What is your opinion on the value of a liberal arts education?
A liberal arts education is superb. I have been told by many successful physicians that a professional with a liberal arts degree is distinguishable in clinical practice.
What would you say to students applying to Hood?
Hood College is the best! I had some of the best times of my life there, and I have made friendship bonds that will last a lifetime.
What role has your Hood education played in your career?
My Hood College education was the foundation for me to pursue a master's degree in physician assistant studies.
Why did you choose to attend Hood College?
Hood College was a small, homey place. Once I visited the campus, I felt like I was at home and everyone was so cheerful and friendly. I knew that Hood College would be my "home away from home" for the next four years.