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Tips for Writing your College Application Essay

Originally published in the February/March 2018 issue of Frederick’s Child magazine available online here.

By Bill Brown, vice president for enrollment management

Your child has narrowed down the list of colleges to apply to and now comes the all-important college essay. No subject is more anxiety-inducing than the essay. It’s not enough to count on the high school transcript; college admission counselors are using the essay to get to know your student and their personality, a sense of who they are and whether this college is the right fit. It will capture who your student is beyond grades, test scores and co-curricular activities.

I have read thousands of essays on topics about winning—or losing—the big game, about bullying, about taking an interesting trip and many, many more. Really, the topic almost doesn’t matter. What does matter is how the student uses the essay to talk to me about who they really are and how this thing, this experience, has influenced them in some way.

From my 30-year career in higher education, I’ve compiled these tips to share with your student.

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Hood College Takes Computer Science Education Week to FCPS

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Hood College computer science faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, visited schools in the Frederick County Public School District to work with teachers and students during several Hour of Code school events Dec. 4-10.

They taught more than 600 students in 23 classes, which included business, foundations of technology, introduction to computer science, Microsoft certification and AP computer science. The lessons served three purposes: expose students to coding to demystify the idea that coding is difficult or scary; teach computational thinking, or composing problems and forming step-by-step solutions; and help try to decrease the gender gap in computer science.

Brunswick High School, Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School, Middletown High School, Oakdale High School and Walkersville High School welcomed Hood into their classrooms.

Hood computer science faculty members Carol Jim, William Crum, Ahmed Salem, Aijuan Dong, John Boon, Khalid Lateef and George Dimitoglou, along with undergraduate students Mickayla Bachar ’19, Karen Canas ’18 and Brandon Ubiera ’19 and graduate students Jeff Larson and Abdul Mir participated in the instruction.

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Hood Delegation Earns Honorable Mention at Model UN Conference

By Cecilia Adams ’19, secretary of Hood Model UN

Model United Nations is an organization designed to spread awareness of the United Nations and their mission amongst members of Hood College. As secretary of Model UN, I work with the executive team to foster collaborative problem-solving through a diverse and engaged student membership. We apply our discussions we have in meetings to the Model UN conferences we attend.

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Phil Berneberg and Alex Jarnot discuss the structural details of ceramic glazes while viewing them with the SEM.
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Meagan Anders, a current Coastal Studies student, examines a locally collected pollen sample to document its structure.
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Pollen comes in all shapes and sizes. With the use of our SEM, we are beginning to study this diversity first hand.
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By Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) provides a close-up look of the world around us. Hood’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies is fortunate to have acquired such an instrument and offers it for use by students and professors from all disciplines.

While a traditional light microscope can magnify objects up to 1000 times, our SEM is capable of zooming in to see fine structural details at 30,000x or more! Unlike most types of microscopes, a SEM uses an electron beam to illuminate the surface of a specimen, rather transmitting images by passing electrons through the sample. Certainly microscopes are used every day in biology classes, but did you know that at Hood electron microscopy can be used by students and faculty from a variety of disciplines to inform their studies?

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RA Program Spotlight: Mural Brings Community Together

Glorie Cassutto

RA, Meyran Hall Ground and 1st Floors

Major: Social Work

Hometown: Frederick, Maryland

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Meet an RA: Becca Benson

RA, Memorial Hall 2nd Floor

Major: English and Education

Hometown: Damascus, Maryland

Co-curricular Activities: Director of Hood College Student Musical Theater, Vice President of Alpha Lambda Delta, and member of Student Education Association.

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Meet an RA: Mark Searles

RA, Smith Hall Ground and 2nd Floors

Major: Accounting and Economics

Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Co-curricular Activities: Student Government Association, Ionic Society, Mortar Board, Investment Practicum and fishing

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Meet an RA: Charlotte Koi-Larbi

RA, Meyran Hall 2nd Floor

Major: Double major in Integrated Marketing Communication and English with a concentration in Creative Writing

Hometown: Washington, DC

Co-curricular Activities: Black Student Union, African Student Union, Anchored Bible Study

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Happy RA Appreciation Week!

This week we’re celebrating and recognizing the hard work and dedication of our Resident Assistants! Area Coordinator LaShawn Taylor is taking over Instagram. Follow @happeningathood for more. #HoodProud

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MICUA congratulates Hood College on its 125 years of service and leadership: A Letter from MICUA’s President

Originally posted here

The Maryland Independent College & University Association (MICUA) congratulates Hood College on its 125 years of service and leadership as an outstanding institution of higher learning in the liberal arts tradition.

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