Chad Doremus '11

How has your Hood education benefited you?

My education has given me many skills that can be used across a broad range of fields. My degree in mathematics gave me appropriate analytic experience, whereas my minors in computer science and economics have proven to provide a well-rounded understanding of the business world.

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

I gained a sense of responsibility and dedication by enrolling in a liberal arts curriculum throughout my time at Hood. Not only was I taking classes that fit into my major/minor curriculum, I was also engaged in art and literature classes to keep my mind active in other areas. I also found an internship, which ultimately led me to the career I am in today.

What were your extracurricular experiences?

My role in the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society gave me sense of responsibility by leading the group to various events throughout the school year. I was able to stay active within the mathematics community and organize various trips around the region.

Did you decide your major right away?

Due to my love for problem solving, I decided to major in mathematics when I was a freshman in high school. The challenging aspect of the field made me want to pursue mathematics as a career. I picked up my minors—computer science and economics—out of their connection to my major.

What is your favorite memory of Hood?

I would have to say the best memory of Hood is the May Madness festivities. This was the time of year where everyone got together to celebrate a successful year of school. It was also nice to live in a small community within the College where there are no unfamiliar faces.

Who were your mentors at Hood?

Professor Dahms was a very helpful mentor at Hood, and was always willing to lend a hand. Betty Mayfield also acted as a mentor in her role as chair of the mathematics department.

What is your opinion on the value of a Hood education?
I believe that the focus on smaller classes and group work is extremely valuable in the learning process. With classes that sometimes had fewer than 10 students, the teacher is able to provide one on one support to each person in the classroom. Smaller classrooms also gave way to more opportunities for class presentations, which is experience I have used within my professional career.

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

By studying a broad range of subjects, I was able to keep my mind sharp and active. Rather than taking a full semester of classes within your major, liberal art students are also able to explore subjects such as art, religion, and even rock climbing.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

Given that Hood has such a small community; it is quite easy to get to know many of your fellow classmates. However, it is also important to remain active with school activities and clubs to build your network. The friendships you build know will last a lifetime, both personally and professionally.

What role has your Hood education played in your career?

My success at Hood helped me build my skill set and obtain an internship the summer before my senior year. My education made me ready for the responsibilities that I gained during my internship, which ultimately resulted in full-time position upon graduation

Why did you choose to attend Hood College?

Hood College and Frederick in general have a great deal to offer. The small campus is beautiful and easily accessible, whereas the town of Frederick is in a central location from other major cities, boasts a lively downtown area, and has great outdoor activities within the area. Ultimately it was the appeal of a tight knit community that led me to Hood.