Denise Hall Brown Rollins '12

Why did you choose to pursue a graduate degree?
I wanted to expand my understanding of death and dying from historic and multicultural perspectives.

Why did you choose Hood College Graduate School?
I chose Hood College because it has a well-rounded approach to the study of death and dying and the only graduate degree program in the U.S. in this discipline.

What do you value most about your relationships with your professors?
I value professors’ willingness to address unconventional perspectives and their depth of knowledge in a wide variety of areas.

What was your most rewarding class or academic experience at Hood? Why?
My African American Perspectives on Death and Dying class was the best. Professor Ruffin presented information about African American culture that profoundly affected my understanding and was exquisitely relevant.

How do you manage your many other obligations such as work and family with the demands of graduate school?
I took this year off from work to focus on my education. I am single and have no children, so I had the luxury of seeing my family when I could fit in visits around my class schedule.

Can you offer any tips to prospective students?
Talk to your adviser and current students to find out what class schedules are like. It will make it easier to plan whether or not you need to relocate, take classes part time or full time and in what order.

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