Graduation Year: 2012
Why did you choose Hood College?
I chose Hood College because it was the first college I visited that felt like a home. Everyone says "hello" when you pass them and the professors are more than willing to go out of their way to help with questions or to give advice.
Have you participated in an internship or leadership opportunity in the local area or on campus?
I participated in Hood's Summer Research Institute (performing one-on-one research with a professor) over the summer after my first year at Hood. I also hold a few leadership positions on campus: I am the vice president of Habitat for Humanity, the treasurer of Memorial Hall's house council and I was the chartering president of Alpha Lambda Delta during my first year at Hood.
What did you gain from that experience?
My experiences have helped me adapt to different situations and to work successfully in any type of environment, whether in the middle of the Monocacy River doing research or in a meeting with other organization officers. I have also met a number of people who I otherwise would not have known and who have helped me participate in other great opportunities.
What is your most memorable experience at Hood?
My most memorable experience at Hood is just the everyday living that comes with being a student here. I have made some of the best friends of my life here, and I have professors that I know I will talk to for years to come.
What do you value most about your relationships with your professors?
I most value the advice that comes from my professors. With small class sizes, I have been able to get to know all of my professors very well. Whenever I need advice, I know I will get a specialized response, not just a generic answer; all of the professors here really care about students.
What is something that surprised you about Hood?
I was very surprised that the professors at Hood will go to great lengths to have a new class added if students show interest. There have been many cases where students are interested in either a new topic or an older topic that hasn't been taught in a while, and the professors will try their best to find a way to have the class offered.
What was your most rewarding class or academic experience at Hood? Why?
My most rewarding academic experience at Hood was definitely participating the Summer Research Institute. It was a unique experience that not many other colleges offer, and it has served as a springboard for my participation in many other research projects, both on and off campus.
When you aren't in class, what is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
One of my favorite things to do around Frederick is to walk downtown to Market Street. There are so many quirky shops and a lot of great restaurants from which to choose! Baker Park is also a really nice place to go and just relax; it's beautiful any time of year!
What is your favorite campus event?
My favorite campus event would have to be Crab Feast during May Madness. I am from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and grew up eating crabs, so I love being able to feel like I am at home again. It's also a lot of fun to teach people how to pick a crab for the first time!