Ingrid M. Gooch '16

Why did you choose Hood College?

Hood had been recommended to me by a number of individuals and when I visited campus in my junior year of high school, I fell in love with the gorgeous campus and the genuine faculty. Specifically, I knew I wanted to be in Dr. Didier Course’s classes for a major in French and Dr. Ingrid Farreras’ for a major in psychology. This sentiment grew as I began to experience all the various things Hood had to offer, culminating in an amazing senior year.

What is your most memorable experience at Hood?

My experience at Hood has taught me so many things, and this is difficult to answer accurately! In addition to having met my best friend, I have had a particularly significant academic and emotional memory at Hood. My primary research experience at Hood has fallen under the leadership of Dr. Elizabeth E. MacDougall and culminated in my attending the Southeastern Psychology Association (SEPA) to present my first published work: “Psychometric Examination of a Religiosity Scale” in March of 2015, which not only featured my grandparents before my grandfather’s passing two months later, but also furthered my interest in Neuropsychology.

What is something that surprised you about Hood?

I can’t say anything surprised me at Hood… at least not in any “aha!” moments. Hood has consistently been wonderfully inspiring.

What opportunity were you most grateful for?

The aforementioned experience at SEPA was, absolutely, the greatest opportunity of my undergraduate career (on so many levels). I was then honored with the opportunity to write a departmental honors thesis under the supervision of Dr. Diane Oliver during my senior year. I chose a topic that affects many individuals (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which is diagnosed as frequently as 9 percent in school aged individuals), a subtopic that is practically researched (paternal influences in ADHD), and that I can continue to research in my Ph.D. work (perhaps I can develop a psychometric examination?? Per my work with Dr. MacDougall!)

What was your most rewarding class or academic experience at Hood? Why?

If I had to pick one class, and in each major, I would say that “Physiological Psychology” and “écrivains derrière la caméra…” were the two courses that changed the way I viewed things. The former was my inspiration to go into Neuropsychology, which was strengthened by an independent study with Dr. MacDougall. The latter taught me many life lessons about the human condition (e.g. how people interact in romantic and otherwise emotional situations) as well as the benefits and costs of them.

What is your favorite campus event?

Out of the academia… I would have to say that the Crab Feast is my favorite! I mean… I was born and raised in Maryland!

What are your goals for the near and distant future?

As I mentioned, my goal is to continue on for a Ph.D. in the cognitive sciences, specifically neuropsychology. However, after having done an independent study with Dr. Course on immigration issues in France, I would like to continue my education on politics, history and the creation of the modern Middle East.

How has your Hood education benefited you?

How has it not?? My education at Hood, both academic and otherwise, has changed my life… and for the better. I would never go back to change anything in the last four years.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

“GO TO HOOD! DO IT!” Without a doubt, I would recommend Hood to them and I would justify my answer with everything I have said in previous questions.