Phill Yerby '11

How has your Hood education benefited you?

My Hood education gave me the ability to view the world through a variety of lenses. That ability constantly helps me in both my professional and personal life.

How did your time at Hood prepare you for the future?

Hood prepared me for my career by giving me a strong foundation in the principles of communicating. Everyday I use the principles I learned in the classroom to help me in the workplace.

What were your extracurricular experiences?

My experiences working in the office of institutional advancement and being active on the Campus Activities Board (CAB) prepared me for my life after Hood. Through both experiences I learned how to communicate effectively with groups and individuals.

Did you decide your major right away?

Entering Hood I wanted to be a broadcast journalist after graduation. After I took news writing I decided that I wanted to help make the news, not just reporting it. Soon after I finished the class I changed my concentration to public relations.

What is your favorite memory of Hood?

My favorite memory of Hood is ring ceremony. It was there for the first time I truly felt like I was a member of something bigger than me, the vast network of inspiring Hood alums.

Who were your mentors at Hood?

I had two great mentors during my time at Hood. Nancy Gillece ’81, vice president for institutional advancement, instilled in me an undying love for Hood. Angie Bauman, assistant director of student activities and orientation, taught me dedication to fostering the potential of young people.

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

A Hood education is priceless. What I learned in the classroom coupled with what I learned from my extra curricular activities has helped me lead a life of responsibility and leadership.

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

In this ever-changing world we live in, a liberal arts education is imperative to creating well-rounded students prepared to tackled modern day issues. I am so grateful that I was able to take a variety of classes that allowed me to see the world through the eyes of others.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

I would tell prospective students that my four years at Hood were the most transformational years in my life. I learned just as much on the court and in extracurricular activities as I did in the classroom. I was offered numerous opportunities to grow as a student and as a person.

What role has Hood College education played in your career?

Hood is directly responsible for helping me attain my career goals. Through working at the office of institutional advancement I was given the opportunity to testify on behalf of the College on the importance of funding independent colleges and universities. At the hearing was Kevin O’Keefe, president of Weber Shanwick’s Baltimore office and a member of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. He reached out to me about my plans after graduation. After talking with him he invited me in to interview for a graduate internship and I have been working at Weber since the week after graduation.

Why did you choose to attend Hood College?

Hood was my choice because it afforded me a world-class education, small classes, direct access to faculty and a positive learning environment.