Susan Santora '85
Major: B.A. Communications; Employment: Former Corporate Beauty Public Relations Executive, now independent Freelance Copywriter
Susan Santora | Ms-Write | Beauty Writer (ms-write.com)
Susan Santora '85
Tell us why you chose to attend Hood? Was there a particular moment when you knew Hood was where you wanted to pursue your bachelor’s degree?
I applied to Hood because it offered a strong Communications curriculum. After attending an accepted students’ weekend and experiencing “campus life”, I knew that this was my college. I immediately loved everything about Hood, from the first view of Alumnae Hall (with our famous pillars), touring Shriner Hall and walking through the Pergola (in full bloom). There were so many resources available here, and combined with its beauty – I was hooked.
What prompted you to pursue a degree in Communications? Did you have a specific related career or job in mind when you chose this major?
I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in a creative field, whether a writer, reporter or journalist. I chose Communications to have a broad range of knowledge and practical experience by the time I graduated, which I was able to achieve.
Did you have a particular professor, course, or campus experience that had an impact on your undergraduate and post-graduate success?
When you were a Hood student, you had three High Impact Experiences: one in the Communications Office at Frederick Hospital, one with a local public relations firm, and one with Youth for Understanding during your journalism semester at American University. Of those three, what was your favorite experience and why?
What advice would you give to current Communication students who want to pursue copywriting and copyediting as a career?
If you could go back and give advice to “Hood Student Susan”, what would that be and why?
One last question! What does “Hood is Home” mean to you?
Hood really is home. The minute you step onto the campus, there is a comfort level that feels natural, but is hard to explain. Everything I needed was available to me on campus and I often visited D.C., Georgetown and Annapolis. I felt safe, happy and so lucky to call this place home. This is where I was able to become me, to learn more about myself and what I was capable of, thanks to the support of this incredible institution that will always be a part of me.