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16_Sarah_Gonzales

Why did you choose Hood College?

I chose Hood College because as soon as I stepped on campus I felt welcomed. The students and faculty that I interacted with were genuinely glad to be meeting me and talking to me about Hood.

Have you participated in an internship or leadership opportunity in the local area or on campus?

I have interned at multiple schools in Frederick County. Currently, I am interning at North Frederick Elementary School in a 4th grade classroom.

If so, what did you can from that experience?

I have gained valuable experience in the career that I am pursuing that can only be learned by being in an elementary and special education classroom setting.

What is your most memorable experience at Hood?

It is difficult to select just one, but my most memorable moment was leading the first-year students of Memorial Hall to victory at Policies for Dollars as House Council President during my sophomore year.

What do you value most about your relationships with your professors?

I absolutely love my professors here at Hood, which makes it difficult to choose just one thing I value about them. I would have to say that I dedication to their teaching and to their students.

What is something that surprised you about Hood?

I was surprised by the connections that Hood has with the outside communities for such a small school. The faculty, staff, alumni and students have connections in my different fields of work and companies both in and out of state.

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

My most rewarding academic experience would be studying abroad in Madrid, Spain for a month, because you are not only taking classes in a different language but your whole environment is different. I learned Spanish, but I also learned about adapting, being independent and stepping outside of my comfort zone.

When you aren’t in class, what is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

When I am not in class, I love volunteering at my elementary school, hiking and crafting.

What is your favorite campus event?

My favorite campus event is Pre-Exam Coffeehouse. They give out free cheesecake and offer professional massages the Wednesday before exam week.

How has the Honors Program benefitted you?

Due to the Honors Program, I was able to take a wide variety of multidisciplinary classes that were outside of my major, that I would not have been able to take otherwise.

How do you think the program will benefit you in the future? What kinds of things has the program helped prepare you to do in the future?

The Honors Program has prepared me to approach different situations from multiple perspectives, to communicate more clearly in group discussion settings, and to challenge myself academically in the future.

How has the program improved your experience as a Hood student?

Through the Honors Program I have met people, both students and faculty that have become mentors and friends that I might not have been able to work with if it were not for the Honors Program.

What special academic, co-curricular, social and enrichment opportunities does the Honors Program provide (perhaps that your might not have otherwise)?

The Honors Program offers a wide variety of opportunities for students such as volunteering at a non-profit organization, group service projects, student-selected seminar classes, many amazing trips (to New York, to see Cirque de Soleil and many more) and catered dinners from diverse cultures.

What’s the best/most distinctive/most memorable part of Hood’s Honors Program?

The most memorable part of Hood’s Honors Program has been volunteering at the Frederick Animal Welfare League as part of one my Honors classes. I felt the joys of volunteering and making a difference in people and animal’s lives.

What’s your advice to future Honors Program students?

Stick with it. At times the Honors Program may seem difficult, but the classes are meant to challenge you and make you think outside the box. You were selected to be in Honors Program for a reason, and it is such a rewarding experience when you look back at it.