Graduation Year: 2015
Why did you choose Hood College?
I was attracted to Hood by its small size. Not only does this translate into small class sizes, a low student to faculty ratio and greater relationships with professors, but also it provides a greater opportunity to get involved. There are many leadership roles, volunteer experiences and internships to take advantage of both on campus and within the Frederick community. After my first two years at Hood, I now find myself more involved on campus and in Frederick than I had ever imagined.
Have you participated in an internship or leadership opportunity in the local area or on campus?
Hood has provided me with the opportunity to become involved in leadership and service both on campus and in the Frederick community. I served a year on the SGA executive board as academic affairs chair and now serve as the vice president for the 2013-2014 academic year. I volunteered at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in downtown Frederick, where I transcribed a diary that belonged to Clara Barton. Currently, I am interning in the IT department at Life Technologies here in Frederick.
What did you gain from that experience?
All of these experiences have provided me with outstanding leadership experience and confidence. I have gained greater relationships with the Hood community, Frederick and the world through each of these opportunities. I have become a more well rounded individual, acquiring skills in communication, history and technology, while gaining exposure to academia, tourism and corporate workplaces.
What is your most memorable experience at Hood?
The alternative spring break trips are most memorable. Whether you travel hundreds of miles or stay in Frederick, there is no experience quite like an alternative spring break trip. Every year, more long lasting friends and stories are made during this special week of service, learning and fun. I had the great pleasure of going to the Franklinton Center in North Carolina my first year. I now have a strong connection with a landmark that embodies the history of slavery, its consequences and the healing that followed. After leaving the Franklinton Center, I felt as if I had a third home—the second being Hood, of course. I immediately called my sister to tell her about Franklinton, and she wrote her thesis for a master's degree in historic preservation on the Franklinton Center.
What do you value most about your relationships with your professors?
The professors at Hood College go above and beyond for their students. Not only are they helpful in the classroom, but also they act as great advisers, helping students to find internships, research experiences and even jobs. One of the many up sides to Hood's small size is the ability to get to know your professors and for your professors to get to truly know you. This allows for strong relationships that last beyond the college years—which will certainly come in handy while applying to graduate schools and jobs down the road. Hood's professors are excellent resources, super knowledgeable and greatly qualified.
What is something that surprised you about Hood?
The variety of classes, especially in the Honors program. I have taken classes on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Historical Studies, Akhenaten and Tutankhamun, Dante and Giotto, and a practicum that led to my volunteer work at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Each of these classes truly broadened my education and introduced me to many new topics and ideas that I may not have otherwise studied or considered. An additional surprise upon coming to Hood was the friendliness throughout the campus. I think this point is best proven through the experience of my twin sister, Caroline. She visited me for just one weekend, and the day she returned home knew she would be transferring to Hood the following fall (and yes, she did).
What was your most rewarding class or academic experience at Hood? Why?
My most rewarding academic experience at Hood was the mathematics research I did with Professor Gwyneth Whieldon in the summer following my freshman year. Our main focus was on the Mandelbrot Set, and the research proved to be successful. Currently, we are in the process of writing a paper on our results. I had the opportunity to present this research at two national conferences—Mathfest in Madison, Wisc., and a conference for undergraduate women in mathematics in Lincoln, Neb.
When you aren't in class, what is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
My favorite thing to do in my spare time is explore the surroundings of Hood. Frederick is a charming and beautiful area in a great location. I enjoy spending time in downtown Frederick shopping, antiquing and eating. The majority of my weekends are occupied hiking at the numerous state and national parks that are relatively close to Hood. There is a wealth of American history, heritage and culture in the Frederick area, and there is always more to learn and see. I enjoy adventuring through battlefields, hiking, swimming and searching for the best overlooks.
What is your favorite campus event?
Convocation. Opening convocation is the perfect Hood College tradition—and everyone gets to wear their dinks! It kicks off the beginning of the school year reuniting and welcoming students, faculty and (most importantly) friends to celebrate the start of a new school year and fresh opportunities.