Graduate Student Spotlight | Paola Acosta Bonilla
"When I realized that my passion was to work in Human Resources, I decided that I needed to enhance those skills as well as my business skillset, so the perfect combination was to get an MBA."
Paola Acosta Bonilla, MBA
- Business Administration (MBA)
- The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business
Hood graduate student, Paola Acosta Bonilla, is originally from Colombia where she studied psychology. She is currently enrolled in Hood's MBA program to add an HR and organizational management dimension to her skillset.
Please briefly share your educational and professional background.
I graduated four years ago from the University El Bosque in Bogotá, Colombia and then worked in organizational and clinical psychology.
I decided that I wanted to improve my skills in organizational psychology/human resources because it is an area that I feel passionate about. Besides, HR is the lifeblood of a company.
How did you choose Hood College for your graduate program?
I decided to start my graduate journey at Hood College because it offers a variety of options to students according to their needs and interests.
Hood College supports international students by helping them to integrate into American culture. You will find a variety of student-oriented resources on campus such as a student success center, a financial aid office, and health services.
Hood College is also well-known because of its many accredited academic programs.
What excites you the most about your field of study?
I am very excited to have the opportunity to improve my skills through my MBA program.
When I realized that my passion was to work in Human Resources, I decided that I needed to enhance those skills as well as my business skillset, so the perfect combination was to get an MBA.
As an international student, was it hard to adjust to the education system in the States?
Hood staff and faculty have helped and supported me to adjust by introducing and explaining everything about the college.
I also like that they are always there even though we are experiencing difficult times during the pandemic.
What would you like to tell international students thinking of pursuing their degrees at Hood?
I would tell them go for it! I feel so happy that I started my journey at Hood College, as I am part of a great community.