Philip McCarty '16

Why did you choose Hood College?

I chose Hood College because they were one of the few schools that had an archaeology program on the East Coast and was in the geographic region I wanted to go to. It also helped that they were very liberal with their scholarship money.

What is your most memorable experience at Hood?

Learning how to do improvisational comedy and creating a troupe with a couple of my friends, called Peaches and Cream. Hood Improv Troupe really was a great experience from which I learned so much about living. It also helped forge friendships that are as strong as iron.

What is something that surprised you about Hood?

I was rather surprised by the diversity of classes to choose from. I often found myself making a rather long list of classes I wanted to take then having to cut it down.

What opportunity were you most grateful for?

Getting to meet certain professors. The stories and lives that they have lived are often inspirational. Not to mention their personalities are pretty great too. I found myself finding new topics and new adventures, which I want to explore through my interactions with them.

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

My most rewarding class was definitely Ellie William’s Gothic Literature. It was one of my first classes at Hood and it really helped to get me to open up to discussing my ideas and being creative. The class, while teaching literature, also taught me how to really put myself out there and grab hold of the college experience. Writing wasn’t just writing, it became a form of self-expression, both scholarly and artistically.

What is your favorite campus event?

My favorite campus event is the dances. They’re a great way to relax and let go of stress, all while having fun with friends and getting dressed up all spiffy.

What are your goals for the near and distant future?

My near future goals are to successfully be a Summer Camp Director in Japan. My distant future goals are to go to grad school and get a job with the National Park Service as an archaeologist, somewhere in Arizona or the Southwest.

How has your Hood education benefited you?

It has shown me ways in which to analyze and critique other peoples ideas and to hold an argument. Also, it has got me really excited to set off into the world.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

I would say to be open to new ideas. It is college that you are attending and it’s a chance to explore. Take any opportunity that comes your way and if you don’t like it you can always drop it. This is a chance to learn more about yourself and the world. Also, definitely make use of your academic adviser. Even if you don’t have any problems, it is good to just go in and chat. Many professors are very open to listening to you and helping you out.