Graduate Student Spotlight |Samantha Slick

Samantha Slick

"My program faculty helped with both my practicum and internship placement. Hood provides opportunities for us to network by hosting multiple events within the counseling profession."

Samantha Slick, M.S. Counseling


  • Counseling, School Counseling (M.S.)
  • Counseling, Clinical Mental Health (M.S.)


  • Psychology & Counseling

Samantha Slick is a current Hood College Counseling Master's student and the second recipient of Hood College's Sally Oros Counseling scholarship. She is also the winner of the first prize in the ACA's "Future School Counselor Essay" contest.

Please provide a brief bio including your educational and career background.

I am currently a graduate student in the Counseling program at Hood College and am specializing in the School Counseling track. I am also an alumna of Hood College, having completed a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Criminal justice with a minor in Psychology.

I am currently in my final semester and am completing an internship at Brunswick Elementary School, under the supervision of Ms. Kathleen Klecan. I plan to graduate in May 2020.

Currently, I serve as the Graduate Student Representative for the Maryland School Counselor Association (MSCA) where I assist with developing the Graduate Student Seminar, planning the MSCA Conference, and promoting the organization to other graduate students in Maryland.

I was honored to be selected as the Spring 2020 "Sally Oros Graduate Counseling-Thanatology Scholarship" scholarship recipient for academic excellence, and am currently in the process of being inducted into Hood’s Chi Sigma Iota chapter.

Finally, I work part-time here at Hood with Campus Safety as a Switchboard Operator.

Why did you choose Hood College and your program of study in particular?

I knew during my final year at Hood College that I wanted to explore my psychology minor and how I could make a positive difference in the lives of children and adolescents. While my major was in law and criminal justice, I really wanted to focus on helping the next generation whether that be in the school system or via the justice system.

After speaking with my undergraduate advisor, I began to explore the role of a counselor. I liked the idea that a counselor is a support to and advocate for the individuals they interact with.

As I was beginning to explore various counseling programs, I learned that Hood College had just opened both a clinical and school counseling program pathway. I knew immediately I wanted to apply to Hood’s program because I had previously enjoyed my time and experiences at Hood during my undergraduate career. I knew that I had flourished in the small class sizes and the sense of community that Hood provides.

As I continued to explore and interact with the faculty of the program, my interest in attending Hood for graduate school only increased. I loved how supportive and interactive the faculty were, and how they were just as excited for me to begin this new chapter in my life as I was.

Has Hood College connected you with any professional opportunities in the area?

Yes! I can personally vouch that Hood College does a fantastic job at connecting students with professional opportunities.

My program faculty helped with both my practicum and internship placement. Hood provides opportunities for us to network by hosting multiple events within the counseling profession, like the graduate seminars for the Maryland School Counseling Association, and screening interviews for the local public-school system.

I also want to give a special shout out to my professor, Atiyah Smith, Ph.D. She has done an amazing job and pushed us to develop professional identities through all types of opportunities. She has hosted speakers in class, such as Linda Diaz who helped push legislation for Senate Bill 719, also known as Lauryn’s Law. She has kept us informed of scholarship and conference opportunities where we can network and continue to develop professionally.

What do you enjoy most about being at Hood College?

I love the community that Hood provides. One of the things that stood out to me when attending Hood College is the support I felt from both faculty and my peers in my programs.

I felt seen and heard during my time at Hood, and felt that I mattered in what I had to share. When I succeed both my classmates and professors are there to cheer me on and celebrate with me. The inclusion I feel is one of the biggest reasons I love Hood College.

You won first prize in the ACA's "Future School Counselor Essay" contest and will be recognized at the ACA National Awards Ceremony. Tell us more about this award.

The ACA is the American Counseling Association which is the world's largest organization representing professional counselors.

I was on their website and saw that they were accepting submissions for their Graduate Student Awards of Excellence. The purpose of these awards is to recognize and reward graduate students preparing for careers in the field of professional counseling. One of these awards is the “Future School Counselor Essay”. This award's purpose is to recognize graduate counseling students with exceptional insight and understanding about the school counseling profession.

This year's theme was a 500-word essay on the effectiveness of school counseling that is directly tied to student outcomes. After speaking with my internship professor, Dr. Smith, I decided to submit an essay. I hadn't planned on being chosen but decided to submit something anyway as an opportunity of building my professional identity. Around a month later I received an email stating I was awarded First Prize!

Anything else you would like to share?

I really want to take this moment to thank my Hood scholarship donor and professors in supporting and pushing me towards professional development and success.

I don’t know that I would have submitted anything without my professors encouragement and involvement in my professional development.

Inspired by Samantha’s story and ready to #GOFURTHER in your career? Learn about Hood’s Counseling graduate programs  and scholarship by clicking here.

Read about fall 2019 Hood College Sally Oros Counseling scholarship recipient, Rhiannon Bennett.