Lew Dean '16

Why did you choose Hood College?

I chose Hood because my three siblings, Amy Dean, Lilly Dean and Charlie Dean also graduated from Hood. Not only did I have the familial connection, but I knew the quality of teaching was impeccable.

What is your most memorable experience at Hood?

This past semester, I presented both a departmental honors in mathematics and a senior art exhibition. In fact, this happened over the same week. It really epitomized the liberal arts education that I received here.

What is something that surprised you about Hood?

I was surprised by the amount of on campus events and the diversity of clubs, both academic and extracurricular, in which I was able to participate. I have been able to perform in choir and in musicals, lead a number of student organizations, and assist in mathematics events at Hood and in D.C.

What opportunity were you most grateful for?

I was grateful for the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research in mathematics here and at the University of Minnesota. It gave me vital experience that I can apply in graduate school and in my career.

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

This is a difficult question because I have had such a rewarding senior year in both math and art. There is a tie between my departmental honors in mathematics and my senior art exhibition. In both, I proposed a project at the beginning of the year and put in an incredible amount of work to complete and present it. It is invigorating to create a series of artworks or a complex research project and present it to the mentors, friends and family that have helped you along the way.

What is your favorite campus event?

My favorite campus event has to be the annual Messiah performance. I have had the luxury to perform in it all four years and to organize it for the past three years, and every time has been incredible. The music has become very dear to me.

What are your goals for the near and distant future?

I would like to pursue employment in data analysis and predictive modeling in the D.C. area. In the long term, I would like to apply these skills to projects related to sustainable industry and regulation. I plan on pursuing a masters or Ph.D. in applied mathematics.

How has your Hood education benefited you?

My education at Hood has taught me how to think both qualitatively and quantitatively. I now have the tools to approach a problem from a scientific perspective in order to find solutions that will benefit real people. The human element of science cannot be ignored, and my time at Hood has taught me to embrace it.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

Don’t restrict yourself to any one discipline. If you have an interest in multiple subjects, or even feel it may be beneficial to your career, a second major makes you a well-rounded individual. It can teach you what you are truly capable and how to think in a range of disciplines. Putting in the extra work makes a world of difference for jobs, for graduate education, and for yourself.