How has your Hood education benefited you?
My Hood education provided me with the skills and knowledge I needed to be accepted into the graduate program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University. Just a month after I concluded my studies at Syracuse I obtained my first on-air reporting position. If it wasn’t for Hood, I don’t believe I would have been able to achieve my career goal.
How did your time at Hood prepare you for the future?
Hood introduced me to the world of journalism; the classes I took served as the catalyst for my interest in that field. I learned everything from newsroom ethics to how to shoot video and write scripts. Without my Hood classes, I would have never fallen in love with journalism and would not have the ability on a daily basis to tell people’s stories and touch so many lives.
What were your extracurricular experiences?
All of the organizations with which I was involved gave me confidence, organizational skills, perfected my communication skills and allowed me to widen my scope as each organization afforded me the opportunity to participate in an array of activities that I might not have otherwise experienced. They also gave me opportunities to interact with people of different races, religions and walks of life, thus making me a more educated and well-rounded person.
Did you decide your major right away?
I decided right away. Nothing else really spoke to me.
What is your favorite memory of Hood?
I could never pick just one. However, I must say the people at Hood affected my life the most. Everyone from Dean Olivia White (Momma) to professors such as Jen Plants who challenged me to give my best and then give some more, and my friends—many of whom I still communicate with today and couldn’t imagine my life without.
Who were your mentors at Hood?
I’m not sure that I had a mentor. However, Dean White and Jen Plants, adjunct instructor of theater, were probably the most influential.
What is your opinion on the value of a Hood education?
Everyone has different needs and desires. For me, Hood was extremely vital. Hood professors didn’t ask you to simply attend classes, memorize information and regurgitate it. They asked you to process the information, look at the information from every possible angle and then possibly alter your interpretation based upon what you learned. They taught me to think outside the box and to question what is accepted, as a different view isn’t necessarily the wrong view. My experiences made me a well-rounded person who now has an appreciation for applying what I’ve learned, opposed to simply learning it to pass a test.
What is your opinion on the value of a liberal arts education?
I love it…please see above
What would you say to students applying to Hood?
I would tell them if you want to attend a school where you feel loved, are appreciated, are challenged and would like to walk away with more than a “textbook” education, Hood is for you.
What role has your Hood education played in your career?
Hood provided me with the initial spark that lit the flame of passion I have for journalism. Without Hood, I would not have pursued graduate studies and without graduate studies I would not have acquired my first on-air job.
Why did you choose to attend Hood College?
To be honest, Hood was the school that awarded me the most scholarships. Although that is my reason, it turned out to be the very best decision.