Brenna Elizondo '16

Why did you choose Hood College?

I choose to apply to Hood because of the reputation of their education program. I selected to attend Hood because of the feeling that I got while touring the campus. Everyone was so close, and the whole school community was so friendly and inviting. After that tour, I knew that this was where I belonged for the next four years.

What is your most memorable experience at Hood?

My most memorable experience is moving into my current apartment with my current roommate. After making a switch mid-way through my junior year to an apartment with people that I did not know, I was not expecting to be as happy as I am today with my rooming situation. That switch was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. My roommates are now my best friends and have been the reason that I have made it through my final two years with a smile on my face. No matter how hard my day, coming home to them was a wonderful experience. Living in 2A, has definitely been my most memorable experience at Hood.

What is something that surprised you about Hood?

When I came to Hood, everyone told me that it was like one big family. I did not believe them and thought that this was just something that people said to the freshman to help them feel comfortable as they settled in. Throughout my four years here, however, I have found that the Hood community truly is a family. I was surprised to find that I have been able to develop so relationships with faculty, staff, and students alike, and that I know that those relationships will not end after I walk across the stage at graduation.

What opportunity were you most grateful for?

I was the most grateful for the opportunity to be a student athlete during my time at Hood. This experience allowed me to be a part of two amazing teams and to meet many friends that I may have never met otherwise. Being a part of the swim team my freshman year allowed me to quickly bond with my teammates, who helped me get comfortable in a new place. As I made the switch to volleyball, I was able to meet new people and make new friends who helped me through my final years at school. This experience also taught me about leadership and teamwork, two very valuable qualities to have in any profession.

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

My most rewarding academic experience was my student teaching internship. I got to spend the last part of my senior year teaching full time in a school, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much from the teachers and the students that I worked with throughout my time there. The impact that this experience had on me is unforgettable. I will always remember the relationships that I developed with the students and staff at the school, and I will draw from my experiences there as I continue on in the education profession.

What is your favorite campus event?

My favorite campus event is Convocation. This is an important event because it marks the beginning of each school year, and it is an event that brings people together. This is usually the first time that you get to see a lot of your friends, and it is an event that leaves you with such a positive feeling about the upcoming year. It is an event that I always looked forward to.

What are your goals for the near and distant future?

I am hoping to get a teaching job as an elementary or special education teacher in either Maryland or Colorado. After my first couple years of teaching, I will begin working toward getting my master’s degree in special education.

How has your Hood education benefited you?

There are too many benefits to list. My Hood education has, first and foremost, prepared me for my future. I came to Hood hoping to leave with a degree in education, and that is what I have done. When I came here, however, I did not expect to leave feeling as prepared as I do for my upcoming career. Hood has prepared me in ways that I never thought possible for life beyond its campus. My education at Hood has also benefited me because it allowed me to foster relationships with faculty, staff and students. Throughout my time at Hood, I have been lucky enough to build a strong support system that will follow me wherever I go. I know that the faculty will always be there for me if I have questions, that the staff will always be there when I need advice or a kind smile, and that my peers and friends will be there ready to have fun or to listen when I need them. The small size and the strong community of Hood College has benefitted me in more ways than I ever believed possible.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

I would tell students applying to Hood that they are making one of the best decisions of their lives. They are applying to a school that will give them so much more than an education. Hood College gives all of its students an opportunity to grow in so many ways, academically being just one of them. I would tell them that the things that they will learn at this institution will extend beyond the classroom and into the community. I will tell them that they are applying to a place where they will matter to the faculty and the staff. Each and every employee of Hood College is here to support the students, and it shows in the daily interactions with them. To any students applying to Hood College, you are selecting to apply to a school that will change your life in more ways than you can imagine.