Raashida Muhammad '12

Why did you choose to pursue a graduate degree?
I knew from my undergraduate experiences I wanted to continue on to a graduate degree. Pursuing a masters of science degree would allow me to cultivate my knowledge and expertise as a student. Hood College’s computer science department has taught me how to leverage technology to enhance everyday society, an opportunity only a master’s education could achieve.

Why did you choose Hood College Graduate School?
I chose Hood College because of its commitment to preparing students to become proponents of change in their communities. The school’s sense of community and charging their students with leadership responsibilities is something that attracted me to the College. At Hood, you build relationships that enhance you academically and socially. You are immersed in an environment of individuals that value education and growth.

What do you value most about your relationships with your professors?
I value my professors’ ability to academically challenge me. Their classrooms have become a safe haven of independent thought and educational advancement. I enjoy how dedicated the professors in the programs are to seeing that each of their students learns and advances throughout the program. They equip each of us with the tools needed to be completive as well as revolutionary in the world at large.

What was your most rewarding class or academic experience at Hood? Why?
My most rewarding class was my course in project management. This course allows hands-on application of the course material as it applies to real world issues. Each week we tackled issues related to the course work and were given real world application of the issues. In this we built relationships with classmates that were nonexistent and acquired learning tools to be effective project managers. This course also prepared me for the project management certification exam at the end of the semester.

How do you manage your many other obligations such as work and family with the demands of graduate school?
I am very fortunate to have family and friends who also value my commitment to my education; this luxury made it very easy to balance my educational and personal commitments. I work part time for a company that places their employees first and allowed a flexible schedule that complemented my obligations at school. I also scheduled my time on a daily basis to ensure that my time was spent mainly on the completion of my coursework. I know my dedication to my education will allow me a lifetime of opportunities and fulfillment.

Can you offer any tips to prospective students?
To prospective students I would say it is important to first determine what each program can offer you. I would recommend speaking with professors as well as students in the specific department to gain a personal feel for those individuals’ passion and commitment to the specific program. I would also try to determine how your experiences in the program will differ from that of others. Also research the type of resources available to students that will enhance your educational development in the program. For me, personally, it was beneficial to choose a program where I felt I had an identity and would be able to work with students and professors who are committed to my growth in the program.

When you aren’t in class, what is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
My favorite thing to do is spend time with friends and family, travel and mentor high school students at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.