Le Nguyen '17

Why did you choose Hood College?

I didn’t choose Hood College, my mom did. She wanted me to stay close to my aunt in Leesburg, VA because she lives in Vietnam and wouldn’t be able to take care of me. Mothers know best; I fell in love with Hood and almost everything about it, from the campus itself to the people studying and working here.

Have you participated in an internship or leadership opportunity in the local area or on campus?

I interned at the United Way of Frederick County my sophomore year and I would never have had as many leadership opportunities if it had not been for the support I receive from the Hood community. I have been in several leadership positions in different organizations over the past years. I also led two big campaigns about consent and healthy relationship thanks to my involvement with the Title IX Committee. Last but not least, I received a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace program to lead a project helping Agent Orange victims in Vietnam last summer. I had the chance to apply for this grant because of Hood College’s partnership with the Davis United World Colleges.

If so, what did you gain from that experience?

During my time at Hood College, I have grown a lot as a leader and as a person. I learned how to manage my time effectively, how to make a difference in the community, and how to be kind to others.

What is your most memorable experience at Hood?

My most memorable experience was Policies for Dollar last year when I was a Resident Assistant on a freshman floor. Even though we did not win the pink spoon, I was incredibly proud of my Shriner ladies and how hard we all worked together as a team.

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

I love how comfortable I feel around my professors, especially in the Business and Economics department – the best department. They always make me laugh and show how much they care about me and my life.

What is something that surprised you about Hood?

How friendly the staff is. I always thought I’d know my professors given how small the classes are, but I never imagined getting to know the staff in housekeeping, dining hall, Blazer, post office, campus safety, health center, etc. But they all know me by name! That’s a part of the reason why I always feel like I’m at home when I’m walking around Hood College campus.

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

I learned a lot in all of my classes just like how it’s supposed to work. However, I’d say my most rewarding class was IT180 – Unraveling the Web. This intro class taught me something I never knew about and sparked my interest leading to the Web Development minor.

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

I like to go out with my friends somewhere off campus whether just to get coffee downtown or to go shopping at the outlet 40 minutes away.

What is your favorite campus event?

Pre Exam Coffeehouse is a clear winner. The event has delicious cheesecakes and coffee, two of my three most favorite things. My third favorite thing is cat but CAB has not brought in the kittens like I suggested.

How has the honors program benefitted you?

Beside the scholarship that has helped me financially, the Honors Program also offers some of the most interesting classes I have ever taken at Hood. The seminar formats of the courses encourage discussion and it is always refreshing to hear what others in the class say.

How has the program improved your experience as a Hood student?

I really enjoy being in the Honors Program also because of the little perks that we have, from coffee and donuts every Monday to discounted trips to see Broadway shows. I also met a lot of brilliant students in different fields of study that I would never have got to know them so well if it had not been for the Honors Program.

What special academic, co-curricular, social and enrichment opportunities does the Honors Program provide (perhaps that you might not have otherwise)?

The Honors courses are very unique and interesting. The course that I liked the most was HON 202 – Honors Practicum when Honors students in my class went out to volunteer off campus instead of going to class. We wrote papers related to the nonprofit organizations we worked with and presented our experience and paper to the whole class. Students in the Honors Program never fail to amaze me with their ideas and ability.

What is the best/most distinctive/most memorable part of Hood’s Honors Program?

The most memorable part of Hood’s Honors Program is indeed the selection of classes that are offered.

What’s your advice to future Honors Program students?

Participate in programs and get to know other Honors students! And don’t skip Coffee & Donuts on Monday mornings.