Monique Sledd '11
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How has your Hood education benefited you?

Since graduating, I have benefited from having a Hood education in a number of ways. At Hood, I was able to learn more than just academics. I also learned the value of mentorship, service learning and working with others to make a difference in my greater community. The knowledge and skills I gained from Hood have helped me succeed in pursuing a career in forensic psychology, build long-lasting friendships and relationships with mentors and scholars and have given me a greater sense of purpose.

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

I am currently completing my final year in the forensic psychology master’s degree program at the University of Denver. My background in both academic research and out-of-class experiences from Hood prepared me to enter into this field with a breadth of knowledge, self-awareness about my strengths and weaknesses, and confidence in my abilities to succeed.

How did you find the transition?

My transition into the real world was a bit different than most because I worked as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member at Hood immediately following graduation. Honestly, I would not change anything about my time at Hood, either as a student or as a staff member. When I decided to pursue further education elsewhere, I felt as though I was leaving my extended family members from the Hood community. But like a tight-knit family, I knew I would always have that support from Hood and have continued to maintain many of the connections made to this day.

Did you participate in extracurricular activities?

I firmly believe that my extracurricular experiences at Hood made me into the person I am today. From participating as a student ambassador (STAR) to being a member of multiple student organizations such as the Campus Activities Board, I was able to learn the value of teamwork, planning and working large-scale events, camaraderie, philanthropy and so much more. I cherish many of those memories and know that those values have carried on into how I view and interact with others now.

Did you decide your major right away?

When I started at Hood, I was set on majoring in biology with a focus on the pre-medical track. Additionally, I came in with a love and passion for psychology. As I continued my studies, I found that psychology was just the perfect fit for me, but I was able to still minor in both biology and sociology. During that transition of picking majors, Professors Ricky Hirschhorn and Wanda Ruffin helped me to realize that I could combine my passions for all of these fields and get the most out of my education and future career options.

What is your favorite memory of Hood?

There are so many, so it is hard to choose just one! I would have to say that my fondest memories come from events like Policies for Dollars, Late Night Strawberry Breakfast, May Madness and Holiday Dinner. Nothing says tradition at Hood like these events that bring the entire campus community together.

Who were your mentors at Hood?

I am fortunate to say that I had more than one mentor at Hood. Rev. Beth O’Malley, Nancy Hennessey, Yvette Webster, Ted Chase, Dean Olivia White, Professors Wanda Ruffin and Susan Ensel are only a few of many.

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

In my opinion, a Hood education is unparalleled and is all about what you make it while you are attending. Hood prides itself on being so close to Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and other great cities because of the numerous opportunities available for students. The small class sizes help to create strong connections amongst students, staff and faculty members. To say that I was pleased with my education at Hood would be an understatement.

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

From my experience, nothing beast a liberal arts education. I do not think I would have been able to discover what I actually wanted to pursue career-wise had it not been for my mentors and the ability to switch majors after dabbling in courses outside of my academic track. A liberal arts education just makes you a more well rounded individual overall.