Jen Cinclair '02

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

Though I am not obviously using my degree in sociology as a pastry chef, my experience at Hood has never left me. I gained an insight into the flexibility of an individual’s ideals. Taste buds are the same—fickle, influenced by others and diverse.

Did you decide your major right away?

I was thrilled with the liberalness of a liberal arts education because I switched my focus a few times while deciding on a major. Having the flexibility to take classes in any department in my freshmen year opened my eyes to previously unimaginable possibilities.

What is your favorite memory of Hood?

I am still creating Hood memories with a group of lifelong friends I made while in school. We refer to each other as our “hood-lettes” and in addition to our yearly vacation excursions, we keep in touch via e-mail on a weekly, if not daily, basis.

Who were your mentors at Hood?

Professor Reitman was an amazingly insightful, yet super-relaxed instructor. While in his classes I not only learned, but also learned to think. He was subtle but remains a powerful voice in the back of my mind.

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

I entered Hood as a teenager unsure about what my future held and graduated with a confidence that is invaluable.

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

Deciding what you want “to be when you grow up” is not always clear-cut. A liberal arts education gives you a solid base to begin any number of adventures.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

Hood College is a beautiful setting with all the resources you need to become the grown-up you want to be.

What role has your Hood education played in your career?

As a student I interned on Capitol Hill. Working with many young, ambitious people propelled me to be confident in the workplace as well as in my beliefs.

Why did you choose to attend Hood College?

While touring the gorgeous campus and meeting current students, I could imagine myself comfortably fitting into a number of the various campus communities.