Kevin Lollar, Esq. '97

How has your Hood education benefited you?

Hood provided me with the skills to successfully complete George Washington University Law School. Additionally, I have had the opportunity, due to my ongoing relationship with Hood through my position on its board of associates, to continue learning and serving in the community.

How did your time at Hood prepare you for the graduate school coursework?

I came to Hood as an adult learner with a GED I received after dropping out of high school. I was a blank slate with limited academic skills. Hood helped me to understand, as well as live up to my potential. I work with a diverse group of people here in Frederick, from residents in public housing to the mayor of the City. My personal experience from growing up in the ghetto to the education that I received at Hood has given me the well-rounded education that a person in my position needs in order to successfully work with different groups of people and meet the challenges of my role as the development director for the housing authority of the City of Frederick.

What were your extracurricular experiences?

At Hood, I got the chance to try different things such as a monthlong film series as well as manage the swimming pool. While there was no room to make mistakes at the pool, and fortunately we did not make any, the film series gave me the opportunity to create, design, organize and pull off a successful event. There were a few mistakes made but that’s the beauty of college—it’s a great place to fall, get back up and learn how to achieve one’s goals.

Did you decide your major right away?

I knew that I wanted a degree in philosophy. However, I did not know at the time that I would go on to law school.

What is your favorite memory of Hood?

Definitely the relationships that I created with my fellow students, professors and staff; especially the people that clean the buildings and prepare the food.

Who were your mentors at Hood?

I would have to say that I had a couple of mentors: Professor Janis Judson and Dean Olivia White. Both were friends, mentors and instrumental in my being accepted at four out of the five law schools to which I applied.

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

If you come to Hood ready to apply yourself, even though you may not know what your major will be, you will get as good an education, support and opportunities as you could get anywhere else—anywhere! Seriously!

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

I believe that the more general your educational foundation is the better chance you’ll have of excelling in a specialty area when you choose your specific career. A broad mind has the ability to bring more to the table when it’s time to focus.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

You are going to be okay, you will succeed and Hood is going to provide you with the tools to help you be successful.

What role has your Hood education played in your career?

I wouldn’t be where I am without my education, both academically and experimentally, that I received at Hood College. Hood gave me an opportunity and I seized it with everything I had.

Why did you choose to attend Hood College?

Frankly, because of the support they gave me with tuition and the ease of the enrolling process, as well as the beautiful campus.