Mickayla Bachar '19

Why did you choose Hood College?

I chose Hood because it is close to home, and for the Computer Science program. The opportunities that I have here at Hood are like no other.

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

I am part of the Honors Scholarship Committee.

If so, what did you can from that experience?

I learned how to talk to people in a way that makes them comfortable. I also learned that new and interesting viewpoints could come from anybody, no matter the background.

What is your most memorable experience at Hood?

My most memorable experience was when I was able to help someone that I did not know with his or her coursework. They were so grateful.

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

I value that they all know who I am and what I am capable of in my coursework. If I have an off day or one bad grade they know that I will work hard to be able to make up for that grade.

What is something that surprised you about Hood?

I was surprised that although the school is so small, there are still new people on campus that I meet every day.

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

My most rewarding academic experience was getting very good grades in my honors classes. The honors classes are not easy, and the course material focuses on things that I am not already familiar with.

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

Honestly, my favorite thing to do outside of class is work. The job that I have is in my field, Computer Science, it has given me a great opportunity to learn new things and build on those things for my future.

What is your favorite campus event?

My favorite campus event is Oktoberfest. The different kinds of foods and activities are something that everyone on campus can bond over.

How has the Honors Program benefitted you?

The Honors Program has shown me new areas of interest and new ways to think about things. I have learned a new way of critical thinking, and am able to connect concepts that I would not ordinarily think are connected.

How do you think the program will benefit you in the future? What kinds of things has the program helped prepare you to do in the future?

The program has helped me to prepare for all of the adverse viewpoints of the world, and why each of those viewpoints are justified. I am more able to handle people of many backgrounds.

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

The program has given me the ability to interact with and get to know students that ordinarily, I may not have ever met on campus because of differing interests.

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

The honors program in the fourth semester offers the opportunity to work at a non-profit organization in the community. Without this opportunity, I may have never volunteered with that organization and gained that valuable knowledge and experience.

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

The most memorable part is probably the first-year trip. In the first semester the Honors Program takes students on a trip meant to open up conversations about our history. Mine was to the monuments in DC.

What’s your advice to future Honors Program students?

Keep going. Many people drop the program because of requirements, and the classes make scheduling hard. But, I know that I am so happy that I did not leave.