Kristan Hawkins '11

How has your Hood education benefited you?

Receiving a bachelor’s degree in business management with a concentration in marketing and minor in public relations from Hood College has given me an opportunity of a lifetime. I am now working for a company called National Conference Services as an event manager, where I plan technology expositions on various military bases throughout the United States and the world. I have learned so much from the Hood’s business professors and have used this information toward my career thus far. Hood College taught me to be an independent person and to also work successfully as a team. I have met so many great people who will be always be apart of my life and who will support me in whatever career I choose.

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

I planned to have an internship every summer since my freshmen year in order to prepare for my future career. I started off working at Maryland Life Magazine as a sales representative, then as a marketing intern at Howard County Tourism and finally at a big corporation, Aerotek, as a communications/marketing intern. I also joined student organizations to help me better myself as a person and to enhance my knowledge of the business field. I served as vice president of the management association in my senior year and we planned a trip to New York to visit a couple Hood alums who were working in the business field. This helped not only me but also other association members to better understand what their careers goals were and to hear stories from others who have attended the college.

What were your extracurricular experiences?

Volleyball was a major part of my college career as I played for all four years and met lots of great people. Team-building skills are very important toward your career and having that in my background has helped me out tremendously. As one of the leading players on the team my senior year, I had to guide the underclassmen on how the team works and how our game was played.

Did you decide your major right away?

I knew from the start I was going to be a business major, as my mom has always worked in the business field and I looked up to her. I always helped her make sales calls and talk with clients. This helped me in the long run as I was so outgoing and new that I could talk to people very easily.

What is your favorite memory of Hood?

My favorite memory at Hood was the New York trip with management association, as I learned a lot about the alumni with whom we met. This experience helped me fine tune what I wanted to do in life and showed me what I had to look forward to.

Who were your mentors at Hood?

My mentor at Hood College was Professor Van Winter. He helped me clarify the direction of my future career and advised me on how should I go about applying for marketing positions. Not only was he a great professor and mentor he was also like a second father to me. Whenever I had personal issues, he was always the one I would go to. Professor Van Winter is a great person and has really influenced all the business students in a positive way.

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

Hood College is a great place to receive an education as the location is great—right between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. It is also a smaller school and it’s nice to know all the students in your class and other classes as well. It is also nice to have that one-on-one time with professors.

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

Going to school at a liberal arts college was great as I got to learn so many things not only within the business field but also in other subjects as well. I was able to take a class on religion and it helped me understand several different religions and how they are different from one another. I also took a class on biomedical ethics, which helped me understand how individuals in the medical field make drastic decisions.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

Hood College is my family. Students, faculty, professors, everyone there is my family as everyone is so nice and caring. Seeing a Hood College alumni bumper sticker on cars or someone wearing a Hood College hoodie makes me so excited and makes me want to talk to them because I know they feel the same way about Hood as I do. Our College is a family and all of us can relate to the traditions, education and commitment we experienced as students there.

Why did you choose to attend Hood College?

Hood College was actually a last minute decision for me as I wanted to go to a bigger college. Looking back at it now I am so, so happy I chose Hood College as it met all my needs. I loved going to a smaller school and getting to know each and every student attending. I also am related to Margaret Hood, who donated the land to Hood College and for whom the College is named. It’s nice to know I’m walking in the same footsteps as my great-great-grea-aunt and to know that Hood exists because she was so committed to the school and to women receiving a great education.