Alison Rohrer Peteranecz '06

How has your Hood education benefited you?
I truly believe that my Hood education has made me a more compassionate person. My favorite classes were always my sociology classes. The ability to understand people from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds has helped me immensely in my law practice.

How did your time at Hood prepare you for the future?
Nothing can ever truly prepare you for law school, but my time at Hood helped me develop some core skills and values that definitely helped. For example, my classes helped me develop critical thinking/problem-solving abilities, as well as critical reading, writing and listening skills.

What were your extracurricular experiences?
One of the things I loved about Hood was being able to participate in many different extracurricular activities. My participation in Mortar Board and Ionic Society really ingrained in me the value of serving others, which is the most important part of my job today. And of course, coordinating Ring Dinner and Commencement helped prepare me for the experience of planning my wedding!

Did you decide your major right away?
I knew law and society would be my major from day one. I went into Hood with the ultimate goal of attending law school, so I chose the major that I felt would best prepare me for law school.

What is your favorite memory of Hood?
This is the hardest question! I have so many amazing memories, but one of my favorites happened during my first few weeks at Hood. A bunch of the older Coblentz girls convinced us that Brodbeck was haunted, so my roommate Janice and I went over there in the middle of the night looking for ghosts! We didn’t see any, but we remained convinced that every building at Hood (including our dorm room) was somehow haunted.

Who were your mentors at Hood?
I definitely have to say Dr. Laura Moore. I always looked forward to her classes and felt like I learned so much. She changed my perspective on many things, but particularly about gender and family roles, and how this affects our work and home lives. I come from a small town, and her classes (along with Roger Reitman’s classes) truly expanded my worldview beyond anything I had known before. Dr. Moore has a heart for service and hard-work that is inspirational. During my senior year, I traveled with her and a group of fellow students to Louisiana post-Katrina to work for Habitat for Humanity. Because of that experience, I ended up working on the housing recovery project in Baton Rouge for several months during law school, which was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

What is your opinion on the value of a Hood education?
The education I received at Hood has been invaluable to me. I wasn’t just learning facts, I was learning an entirely new way of thinking. Every faculty member was totally dedicated to the success of their students and deeply interested in their field of study, which was really contagious.

What is your opinion on the value of a liberal arts education?
I think having a liberal arts education has made me a smarter person and a better attorney. Everything is related! So many times during classes I would find myself thinking, “wow! This reminds me of something I was learning about in my last class!” I did not take a single class that I do not feel somehow benefited me.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?
I have never once regretted my decision to attend Hood. So many of my favorite things about Hood—the smaller class sizes, the ability to have one-on-one conversations with professors, the opportunity to be deeply involved in lots of extracurricular activities, and (most importantly) the sense of being a truly valued student as opposed to just another face in the crowd—are things you simply can’t find anywhere else, particularly not at a large, public school.

What role has your Hood education played in your career?
I went into college thinking that I wanted to be a corporate lawyer. Hood places a great value on service and community, and my education at Hood completely changed the way I see the world. I realized that I would be much more satisfied in a job where I could actually help people. That mindset led me to a career in private practice where I work with people from all walks of life, helping them navigate the legal system. My time at Hood helped shape who I am today, and because of that I now take immense satisfaction from my job and from serving others.

Why did you choose to attend Hood College?
When I visited the campus for the first time, I fell in love. I was excited about the small class sizes and the opportunity to have actual discussions with my professors– I knew I would receive an excellent education. But to be honest, the thing that blew me away the most and made my decision easy was just how nice everyone was!