We believe in the power of kindness!

To support the new strategic plan’s pillar of Strengthening the Hood Community, we’re making an effort to practice more random acts of kindness.

Here’s one submitted by Jamie Shopland of the Class of 2012.

On Wednesday, 8/23, I stopped at Bebe by the mall for a pedicure. I got to chatting with my pedicure technician and she said she was having difficulty finding a piano instructor for her 5-year-old daughter. I texted a friend whose kids had lessons when they were younger in hopes she’d have a recommendation. She replied that their instructor had retired, but suggested contacting Hood. While I was in the chair, I Googled ‘Hood College piano lessons’ and sure enough, the top search result was to Hood College’s Preparatory Music Division! I had no idea my alma mater offered private lessons. Still in the chair, I pulled a random piece of paper and pen out of my purse to write down contact information for Ms. Lester. As we were walking to the front of the salon, I handed her the contact information I had jotted down and told her to give it a try. She smiled broadly, thanked me, and said I was so nice. As I checked out, she thanked me again and I told her I hoped it worked out.

—Jamie ’12

Help us get to 125…or more. Submit a random act of kindness online and we’ll compile a list.

Here’s a couple easy ones to try:

  • Give someone a compliment.
  • Write a note, just because…
  • Hold the door open for the person behind you and let them go first.
  • Say hello to a stranger…even when you’re not on campus.
  • Write a positive note on a post-it and leave it on a desk for the next class.

Now get out there and be kind!

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