BreAnn Kathman

Why did you choose to pursue a graduate degree?

Education has always been as important to me as art. I chose the MFA as a way to further my own knowledge and skills, but also to ensure I could teach at the college level.

Why did you choose Hood College Graduate School?

The ceramics program at Hood is extremely diverse and unique, given its small size. The breadth and depth of the classes offered is significantly better than any other 25 programs at which I looked.

What do you value most about your relationships with your professors?

Professors who work in my program are available and willing to help students. They are also very knowledgeable in their respective fields and come from a variety of backgrounds.

What was your most rewarding class or academic experience at Hood? Why?

It is very difficult to choose only one class because each class has had its own rewards, but ceramic decoration, taught by Ann Hobart, has challenged me both academically and personally. The breadth of techniques taught in this class has helped me to be a more effective artist and teacher.

How do you manage your many other obligations such as work and family with the demands of graduate school?

Organization and prioritization is key. I have a very detailed and color-coded planner for the goals I want to accomplish each day. I am currently a full-time student so my work opportunities are very limited, but I am able to do some part-time teaching in the area. I do not have many distractions with family, as the majority of them are in Iowa.

Can you offer any tips to prospective students?

Take advantage of the knowledge and assistance faculty and staff at Hood have to offer. They are the brains behind what makes Hood work and everyone, regardless of their position, has something to offer students.

When you aren’t in class, what is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

I enjoy being outside with my dog, walking and spending time at the dog park.