Going on 17 years, although it seems just like yesterday since I started at Hood.
Your research is focused on a really interesting topic—pain, suffering and violence in medieval Germany. What drew you to this area?
My research was focused on pain, suffering and violence in medieval Germany. While I am still interested in these topics—for instance, I am co-editing a volume of essays on Endtimes and the Apocalypse in Medieval German Literary Culture—I have been working extensively on the relationship between architecture and memory, specifically the castle and memory. I am interested in how constructing space shapes cultural identity and contributes to the collective memory of a culture. Each society has important spaces in which stories are shared and memories are created. This is ultimately an ideological process, as whoever controls these spaces controls the narrative, whether or not that narrative is entirely true, which means that these spaces are often fraught with tension. One only has to think about the hotly-debated Confederate Civil War memorials in the United States, which were erected to celebrate confederate war heroes and to propagate the idea that the Confederate cause was a just one, while erasing the memory of slavery and all the suffering that went along with it.
For Chelsey Adedoyin, the uniqueness of Hood’s campus was the selling point.
“The buildings, the green…wow this campus is beautiful!” Chelsey said of her first impressions of Hood. The Laurel, Maryland, native knew about Hood from a high school friend who played in basketball tournaments on campus.
She also knew the close-knit campus was something she wanted.
“I love the small class sizes. I find that I excel when I can have a closer relationship with my professors,” she said. “The Hood community is really my favorite part of being here. Everyone knows each other, as opposed to a big school, where I don’t know anyone, no one knows me and maybe I don’t even know my teacher. That would be crazy.”
Natalie Kolosieke ’21 of Greensboro, North Carolina, aspires to have a career in the nonprofit sector and “make the world better” after honing her management skills at Hood.
“The types of nonprofits I’m looking at are more education, or women,” she shared. “Those are things that I’m really passionate about. I want to start working at a nonprofit, and if I really enjoy it, I may decide I want to start one.”
Natalie, whose father works for Habitat for Humanity, loves volunteering there and seeing the difference that she can make.
Grace Weaver ’21 of New Market, Maryland, has a very clear vision of her future, aspiring to be a divorce lawyer in Miami.
“I just love the warm weather, and I figured that Miami is such a big city that there’s got to be someone getting divorced,” she explains. “Since third grade, my dad would tell me, ‘You’re gonna be a great lawyer, Grace,’ because I play devil’s advocate in a lot of discussions. I like to argue because I want to see different points.”
In high school, Grace had the chance to practice this passion through the mock trial club with her favorite teacher, Natalie Rebetsky, a 1985 Hood alumna who was in charge of the club. Grace joined and fell in love with it.
Had it not been for the offer of the Chair of the Board scholarship, Jenna Frick might not have visited Hood, but the business major from Clermont, Florida, thought it was such a great opportunity she needed to explore it.
“I learned about Hood and applied because the golf coach (Chelsea Danel) had reached out to me,” Jenna said, “but I wasn’t sure I wanted to move this far away from home, and after I got accepted, I hadn’t thought about it much. Then I got the call about applying for the scholarship.”
“My goal in life is to do something that impacts people, and I want to make a difference,” said Caylee Winpigler ’21 of Walkersville, Maryland.
She is considering a history and political science double major and an English minor.
“I have time still to decide, but I feel like if I go down maybe the political science route, it’ll lead me somewhere that I will be able to make an impact,” she said. “I thought for a while that I could be a lobbyist for environmental science.”
By Mary Atwell, Archivist/Collection Development Services Manager
It might be surprising to find out that the sciences were an integral part of the Hood College curriculum from the institution’s very beginning. Today we equate education in the sciences directly with preparation for careers, but society in the mid-1800s viewed women’s higher education as a pursuit of intellectual learning rather than preparation for a commercial position or undertaking. So why were sciences so prevalent in the College’s early curriculum?