Blair Ames '10

How has your Hood education benefited you?

I would say my Hood education has been very beneficial since I graduated in 2010. Not only did I get my internship through Hood at the Frederick News-Post, but without the skills I learned at Hood I wouldn’t have been able to make the impression I did that led to a full-time position.

How did your time at Hood prepare you for the future?

I think that it did prepare me is the important part. In most of the internships in which I participated, I was able to come in and hit the ground running because of previous experiences at and through Hood.

What were your extracurricular experiences?

I still remember freshman year when I thought I might as well join the student paper if I was going to study journalism. So I did and four years later I graduated as editor-in-chief and plenty of clips in hand to show a first employer.

Did you decide your major right away?

I came in with an idea of what I wanted to do, but that idea evolved from being a sports writer to wanting to write more news. Not sure why, I think my interests just changed over the years.

What is your favorite memory of Hood?

I guess this should be PG rated. The things I miss the most are just the people and the atmosphere. College life was definitely much easier than post-graduation life.

Who were your mentors at Hood?

I had two mentors while at Hood, Donna Bertazzoni and Brent Ayer. Prof. B was my mentor through the academic process of college and I don’t think there are many, if any of her classes that I didn’t take. Oddly enough, Coach Ayer was the reason I came to Hood because I thought I was a good athlete. But over four years and eight seasons he was there as a coach and friend, and the guy who set me up with a sweet internship in D.C.

What is your opinion on the value of a Hood education?

First, I think it’s very valuable. I interviewed Professor Len Latkovski recently and he said something with which I’m inclined to agree, considering my limited experience as a professional. This isn’t word for word, but he said that a liberal arts education should offer a student a broad education and once they enter a work position, then their training becomes more tailored to that job. I agree with that because in my field of journalism, I learned everything I needed to get started, but I’m still learning everyday.

What is your opinion on the value of a liberal arts education?

I think I summed that up in the previous answer.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

Just to take advantage of all your opportunities. It’s amazing how quickly the four years goes by and for a small college, there’s not much that Hood doesn’t offer in the form of academic and athletic programs.

What role has your Hood education played in your career?

Quite simply, without Hood I wouldn’t be where I am today. And yes, I am happy with where I am. Academically, my professors prepared me to step into a newsroom and not look lost or confused. Then, with the help of those same professors, I was able to line up the internship that led to a full-time job for me.

Why did you choose to attend Hood College?

I chose Hood for a number of reasons. It was quasi-close to Philadelphia, my hometown, I could run cross country and track here and it offered a journalism track, which I intended to pursue after graduating high school.