Bridgette Harwood, Esq. '06
Bridget

How has your Hood education benefited you?

It was the classes at Hood that gave me the education I needed to succeed in law school; without being academically challenged at Hood I would not have been prepared for this grueling task. It was the faculty and staff at Hood who gave me the confidence I needed to take on a new adventure after graduating, trusting I had the tools I needed to be successful. It was Hood that shaped my desire to pursue a career path that allows me to give back to others—because Hood gave me so much.

How did your time at Hood prepare you for future?

The faculty and staff at Hood are unbelievably committed to helping the students find career opportunities and internships. I would have been lost in my career path without the guidance of so many people who advised me to try many possible hands-on work experiences before making a final decision as to what road to take.

What were your extracurricular experiences?

While I am no longer a college athlete, the relationships I developed with my teammates are still intact. Participating in a sport at Hood gave me an immediate family when I arrived on campus as a transfer student without knowing a single person. The challenge to balance my academics with practice and games taught me the importance of time management, which helped tremendously when I was pursuing my law degree and in my career.

Did you decide your major right away?

While I started and finished as a communications major, I did change my area of concentration from public relations to journalism because of a wonderful professor who inspired me. I also had wonderful mentors who helped me secure internships in areas where I was able to better determine what route I would take in the broad field of communications.

What is your favorite memory of Hood?

Convocation. Seeing professors and staff committed to the success of students from the beginning of their journeys to the end was so inspirational. It is easy to be supported when you have successfully completed your college career and you celebrate this through graduation. But knowing that the Hood community is celebrating with you as you begin your journey makes the experience one where you always feel encouraged and motivated to enjoy the walk.

Who were your mentors at Hood?

In the classroom I was inspired in many ways by Professor Weinberg. He taught me so much about journalism and the importance of being a good communicator. However, I was lucky enough to have many mentors in Hood’s Marketing and Communications Office where I was employed as a student worker. I had the opportunity to intern for Joann Lee, art director, and I was privileged to work for Dave Diehl, executive director. Throughout my time at the office I was receiving guidance, support and encouragement from Ilene Liszka, associate director, as I worked alongside her each week that I attended Hood. These people were not just a pivotal part of my success at Hood, they are a continuing inspiration and constant support system to me today.

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

Invaluable.

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

If you want an education that encourages you to be the master of your own destiny and challenges you to find the inspiration within to reach your own aspirations, a liberal arts education is the only way to go.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

There was never a day that went by where I didn’t have someone to go to for advice and motivation. If you want to attend a college where the people surrounding you are truly there for you, Hood is your college.

What role has your Hood education played in your career?

Hood’s environment showed me the importance of being a part of a community. Understanding the value of this has led me to a position as a nonprofit attorney, where I am able to advocate for those whose rights are not always enforced or protected. I know our legal system can only be a strong as the rights we promise, just as our communities can only be as strong as those who are giving and supporting its goals. I learned this because Hood showed me I was able to not only participate in the community to which I belong, but also I am able to make it better—that is what I want for our justice system.

Why did you choose to attend Hood College?

I came to Hood from Idaho. I had no connection to the Maryland area. From the first time I visited Hood, I knew that it was where I belonged. I can’t explain the deciding factor that pushed me to Hood but I know that it was a push in the right direction.