Sienna Bronson '16

Why did you choose Hood College?

I chose Hood because of the environment at the school. Everyone at Hood is so friendly and accepting of others’ differences, and that was a large part of my choice when I was choosing where to go for college. The campus is also beautiful, which doesn’t hurt!

What is your most memorable experience at Hood?

I think my most memorable experience at Hood was participating in Policies for Dollars my first year. I lived in Shriner, so there were only like 20 first-years in my building, and those of us who participated grew pretty close to one another through practicing for the relay race, the chants and the skit that we had to give. We didn’t win, but it was a great experience and I developed lasting friendships with many of the others on my floor through Policies.

What is something that surprised you about Hood?

One thing that surprised me about Hood was the diversity in course offerings. I have been able to take classes in topics that I never would have thought about elsewhere.

What opportunity were you most grateful for?

Hood offers great internship opportunities. I was able to participate in a program that is only available to a specific list of schools and do an internship that I otherwise might not have even known to look for.

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

I think the most rewarding academic experiences I have had have been in my Honors courses. The Honors program offers all kinds of interesting courses that are not available to students outside of the program, and students get to participate in the creation of the senior seminars, so it’s truly tailored to the interests of the students in the program. Through the Honors Program, I took classes that I would never have taken between my majors and the core curriculum.

What is your favorite campus event?

My favorite campus event is V-Day, sponsored by the Feminist Student Union. This event is a part of an international campaign to stop violence against women, and I have participated all four years in the theatrical performance that is included in V-Day (we have been alternating year-by-year between “The Vagina Monologues” and “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer,” a similar compilation to the Monologues that offers more freedom to those producing it), as well as with the other events associated with V-Day, and it has been a great experience every year.

What are your goals for the near and distant future?

Currently, I’m working at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine downtown, though I am also in the application process for a mathematics job in the federal sector. I would like to eventually go on to get an advanced degree in mathematics, but depending on how this application process goes, that might get put on hold for a while.

How has your Hood education benefited you?

I think the biggest benefit I have gotten from my education at Hood is the interdisciplinary approach that I am now able to take in thinking about problems. With a double major in mathematics and history, I have developed skills that I might not have been able to develop without taking on an interdisciplinary course of study.

What would you say to students applying to Hood?

I think the best thing I can say is to come visit campus and talk to current students about their experiences. If possible, it’s also a good idea to attend an admitted students’ day, and do the overnight—when I was applying, the overnight experiences I had at Hood and other schools played a large part in making the decision of which school I should go to. I learned a lot about these schools through overnight stays, and even made a friend during my overnight at Hood, who has become one of my best friends over the past four years.