Olivia Lacher '16

Why did you choose Hood College?

My junior year of high school, when I started the college search, I was looking for a small, liberal arts college and I visited quite a few. Hood had the program I wanted, in a location I wanted and with opportunities I didn’t even know I wanted. But the deciding factor was really just how comfortable I felt on campus. It was easy to see myself on campus and in Frederick.

What is your most memorable experience at Hood?

This is a tough question. I don’t think I can rank any of my experiences here, because they have all been great for different reasons. I’ve been honored to receive a Legacy Ring and receive Convocation Honors. But I have also had a blast getting ready for dances with friends and spending late nights in the Pergola. I’ve done so much here and have had such a great time that no experience is more valuable or memorable than another.

What is something that surprised you about Hood?

As a freshman, I was not prepared for how supportive everyone is, faculty, staff and students. I don’t think I would have made it through four years without the support and encouragement of my professors and friends.

What opportunity were you most grateful for?

For the Fall 2014 semester I studied abroad in Nice, France. Without the encouragement and support of my French professors, I would have never thought myself capable of going. While the experience was difficult, I did have fun and learned a lot about myself.

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

Between my art history, archaeology and museum studies classes, I’ve been on a number of field trips to museums. The Walter’s Art Museum (three times), National Gallery, Portrait Gallery, Museum of American Art, Civil War Medicine Museum, the museum at Dumbarton Oaks, and the National Museum of the American Indian. These trips either fostered or reinforced my love for museums and my desire to someday maybe work there.

What is your favorite campus event?

I’d have to say Diversity Block Party, which is an event at the end of the spring semester where all the diversity organizations on campus come together. There’s music, food, art and dancing. I like the collaboration between all the clubs and the celebration of diversity on campus.

What are your goals for the near and distant future?

For me, there really isn’t a straightforward answer to this question. In the distant future, I hope to have my dream job, something that combines my love of archaeology, museums, and education. To get to that point, I want to explore as many opportunities as I can: excavating in foreign countries, volunteering with the National Parks, working in all parts of a museum. What it really comes down to is my love for learning and how I can translate that into a fulfilling life.

How has your Hood education benefited you?

My Hood education has made me more confident in myself. I know it is impossible to be prepared for everything in life, but because of the variety of classes, clubs and organizations and opportunities here at Hood, I know there’s a way to figure it out.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

If nothing else, Hood College is a place where you matter. Professors will know your name and recognize you, even if you only ever have one class with them. Every administrative office is extremely helpful and supportive. Not to mention, your fellow Hoodlums with be friends for life.