How has your Hood education benefited you?
Throughout my career I have utilized the basic education I received at Hood. The contacts with classmates and alumni have proved invaluable over the years. I have been surprised many times about the connections that I have found with clients—directly or with a relative or a child. The Hood connection is strong and helps me to develop and grow my business.
How did your time at Hood prepare you for the graduate school coursework?
I learned many valuable things, including time management and finance, that has furthered my career, but the greatest I think is the honor code. This standard by which we judge ourselves and govern our actions has been a great tool in a business where people need to trust you with their valuable information and their money.
What were your extracurricular experiences?
My internship experience was very helpful.
Did you decide your major right away?
I was a transfer student, so I established my major right away.
What is your favorite memory of Hood?
I was very impressed with the small classes and the personal interactions as well as the access to the professors and the guidance that they provided in and out of the classroom.
Who were your mentors at Hood?
Professor Joe Dahms.
What is your opinion on the value of a Hood education?
The education and the total experience have been invaluable to this day.
What is your opinion on the value of a liberal arts education?
I believe in the liberal arts education and am fearful that it will disappear soon. I received a very balanced point of view that included studies in philosophy and logic, which might not have been in a more specialized curriculum.
What would you say to students applying to Hood?
Take advantage of every opportunity. Spend time designing a great internship experience. I think my internship and senior seminar were the areas that moved me forward in my career the most while at Hood. Stay in touch after graduation with the school and your classmates. The network that you develop will come back to help you throughout your life.
What role has your Hood education played in your career?
The foundation that I built and the network that I developed after Hood still help me every day.
Why did you choose to attend Hood College?
I choose Hood initially because of its reputation and its convenient location in Frederick (I needed to be able to work while in school to pay for my education.). In the end it turned out to be a great choice for many reasons.