Samantha Osmer '15

Why did you choose to pursue a graduate degree?

To learn more about the nature of how we grieve, how grief is different from other difficulties that arise in life, how our approach to death and dying can inform how we live.

Why did you choose Hood College Graduate School?

Hood is one of the few schools that devote an entire degree of study to Thanatology. I wanted to have specialized instruction in this area.

How did your degree help you further your professional or personal life?

I already feel confident and helpful in talking to people I know who have experienced and are struggling with loss. Now that I have graduated I am thinking about how I can use my degree to work with other people, and I intend to obtain a counseling degree in order to do that work in a more official capacity.

Who is your favorite faculty member and why?

I am not picking favorites! I am fortunate to have been given instruction by many knowledgeable people who are passionate about their subjects and who are adept teachers: Flavius Lilly, Diane Oliver, Cheryl Parrott, Gary Fink, and Terry Martin.

What would you share with prospective students about your graduate experience at Hood?

Like an exceptional educational experience should, my graduate experience at Hood extended far beyond academics. During the course of my studies I formed several strong friendships with fellow students, and I learned more about myself by working with a topic that can often cause discomfort. I know now that I am better able to take risks than I thought, and that I am willing and able to be with difficult feelings and difficult situations.