JoAnna Hughes

Why did you choose to pursue a graduate degree?

To be honest, my previous graduate degree was too general in the field of biology and lacked the background I needed to complete in the local job market.

Why did you choose Hood College Graduate School?

The reputation of Hood College and its location served as equal draws.

What do you value most about your relationships with your professors?

Their willingness to help me understand concepts and succeed here at Hood.

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

I had over a ten-year gap between the time I took organic chemistry as an undergraduate and enrolled in protein biochemistry here. Needless to say, I was very nervous, but I studied hard, did the practice problems, and visited my instructor during his office hours. I earned a very satisfying B.

How do you manage your many other obligations such as work and family with the demands of graduate school?

I maintain several lists of various categories and treat said list as triage (of sorts). As I cross one item off, it’s on to the next item.

Can you offer any tips to prospective students?

The BMS program at Hood is filled with great sources and you have the ability to learn a tremendous amount. However, like with so many other things, how much effort you put into it is directed related to what you get out of it.

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

I’m all about the Saturday morning Law & Order marathon.