Ryan DiGirolamo '16

Why did you choose Hood College?

I toured Hood three times before deciding to come here, and each time I loved the school more and more. Everything about Hood—the professors and students I met, the beautiful campus, the location—all came together to help make my decision an easy one.

What is your most memorable experience at Hood?

My most memorable experience was the Ring Ceremony my junior year. For me, that’s one of the most important traditions our campus has, simply because it goes back so far into our history. The Hood Ring is such an iconic symbol of our college, and receiving my ring made me a part of that history. Getting to share that experience and milestone with my friends and family is definitely unforgettable.

What is something that surprised you about Hood?

I was definitely surprised by how easy it was to get involved on campus. Many organizations are always seeking new members and it’s an easy way to explore your interests. Coming from high school, I wasn’t too involved, but Hood helped me come out of my shell and get involved with many organizations spanning from the Student Government Association all the way to the Ping Pong Club.

What opportunity were you most grateful for?

I was selected to conduct undergraduate research funded by the Summer Research Institute, and I got to spend the summer leading into my senior year working with faculty members along with another student to develop a summer camp for high school juniors and seniors to help answer any questions they had about the admissions process. It was an extremely rewarding experience!

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

My most rewarding academic experience was by far my Seminar in Strategic Management class in the business department. Not only was it one of the most academically challenging courses I have taken at Hood, but it also culminated in a Strategic Analysis of an organization, something that we worked all semester on. About 65 pages and hours on hours of research later, I submitted my paper and received an A in the class—one of my most memorable lessons that hard work does, in fact, pay off!

What is your favorite campus event?

May Madness is by far my favorite campus event. There are so many fun activities going on, between the crab feast, the outdoor festival and having therapy dogs come to campus, it helps me completely forget about all the stress that comes with the end of the year approaching.

What are your goals for the near and distant future?

In the near future, I plan on getting my MBA after a few years of work experience. Then, I hope to go either into a marketing or an organizational leadership field, perhaps even furthering my education to get a doctorate degree. I hope to merge both my psychology and business degrees in whatever I end up pursuing, as those are my two passions, and combining them into one job is definitely the dream.

How has your Hood education benefited you?

Coming to Hood, I was originally a declared psychology major. However, through the core curriculum at Hood, I took an introduction to business class my freshman year. I realized the parallels between management and psychology, and decided to talk to faculty about possibly becoming a double major. While it was a lot of work, I am grateful to the core curriculum for helping me realize my passion for business—had I been at a school without one, I likely never would have taken a business class throughout my college career.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

Ask questions and visit campus. This is such a huge time in your lives, and one of the biggest decisions you’ll make. Be confident in that decision! Leave no stone unturned, and know Hood like the back of your hand by the time you make that deposit. Also, definitely take a tour of campus, attend Admitted Students’ Day, and take advantage of all of the opportunities we have for you to meet current students and hear their stories. Hood is an amazing school, and I’m proud to have called it my home for four years—hopefully it will be your next home too!