Dana Davenport '11

How has your Hood education benefited you?

My Hood education, inside and outside of the classroom, gave me a variety of knowledge and experiences that propelled me forward in my graduate studies—especially Hood’s strong focus on undergraduate research and developing research skills. Even now, I credit my Hood education for helping me qualify for my new job.

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

Hood’s excellent and well-rounded social work program prepared me for graduate school and beyond. In fact, I wasn’t at all nervous about taking graduate social work classes because I knew I was equipped with the tools I needed to be successful. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 my master’s degree in social work. Thanks to the solid foundation I received at Hood and expanded upon at the University of Michigan, I am now working as the associate director for social concerns at the Maryland Catholic Conference.

What were your extracurricular experiences?

The numerous leadership- and service-related extracurricular experiences that I had at Hood have provided me with transferable skills (e.g.; leadership, public speaking, networking) that I can use in all situations.

Did you decide your major right away?

I originally intended to double major in political science and history, but I changed my major to social work because I felt that majoring in social work was a better way for me to get closer to reaching my life goal of helping as many people as I can while including aspects of politics and history, too.

What is your favorite memory of Hood?

One of my favorite memories of Hood was my graduation weekend. I had been to baccalaureate and a couple of graduation ceremonies before mine for friends who graduated ahead of me, but it was so different when it was my turn. It was incredible to celebrate the culmination of my four years at Hood with family, friends, professors and staff at baccalaureate and graduation.

Who were your mentors at Hood?

I had multiple mentors amongst peers, faculty and staff. Some alums were my mentor because they took me under their wings when I first came. Faculty members such as professors Ernst, Zaki and Derbes were my academic mentors, guiding me through research and so much more. Staff members such as Dean White, Rev. O’Malley, Mary Jean Hughes and many more have supported and guided me through leadership experiences, helped me become more professional and (some) have guided my spiritual and religious life. I keep in touch with many of them to this day.

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

My overall opinion is that a Hood education in invaluable. If you really put a lot into your Hood education, you’ll see how much Hood gives to you and how much of it stays with you after leaving Hood.

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

I think that a liberal arts education is so valuable because it provides one with an all-encompassing perspective of the world that I don’t think would be possible from a nonliberal arts education.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

I would tell a prospective student that Hood is one of a kind. The key things that made my time at Hood so enjoyable were the mentors I had, the connections I made, the opportunities that Hood provided and of which I took advantage, and the education that has propelled me forward, even after graduating.

What role has your Hood education played in your career?

Hood was the place where I began to fuse my educational, career and personal goals together. My personal goal in life is to help as many people as I can and Hood gave me the opportunity to blend that personal goal with the educational and career goals to become a macro social worker. I am able to do exactly that as I step forward into my new career and step into the political field.

Why did you choose to attend Hood College?

The reasons I chose Hood for my undergraduate education were the people and the peaceful feeling I got when I first stepped onto the campus. The STAR who gave me a tour of the campus was very knowledgeable and geared the tour toward my interests. It is very refreshing to be able to talk with a faculty or staff member, ask a question and have it answered (even if the person has to transfer you to someone who knows the answer). I have not regretted my decision to attend Hood.