By Lindsay Tubbs ’18
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.
By Lindsay Tubbs ’18
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.”
By Lindsay Tubbs ’18
“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.”
Reem Zietoon ’17 is heading to pharmacy school next fall!
She’ll be part of a four year program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, which includes three years of classes and a final year of rotations. She was also accepted into Shenandoah University’s program.
“After I graduate [from UMB] I think I would like to do a residency which is two years of clinical training,” Zietoon said. “I haven’t decided exactly which branch of pharmacy I want to pursue after I graduate but clinical seems the most appealing to me right now. The great thing about pharmacy school though is that I will be exposed to all of it before I have to make my decision.”
Zietoon’s interest in the field came when she got a job as a pharmacy technician at the CVS adjacent to Hood during her junior year.
“I have always had an interest in medicine but never considered pharmacy until I started that job,” she said.
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RA, Meyran Hall Ground and 1st Floors
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
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.
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
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
By Ingrid Gooch ’16
When I was a senior at Hood College, I received the incredible news that I had been nominated for The Best of Hood. My beloved alma mater, one of the top liberal arts colleges, considered me one of its most outstanding constituents. I was overwhelmed, and tremendously honored.
Several academic experiences at Hood have stayed with me in my post-baccalaureate career. During a year-long fellowship with the National Institute of Health (NIH) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), I was introduced to the leading health disparity research. The overwhelming majority of research on effective means of reducing disparities involves application of Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory, a concept with which I have been fascinated since I first studied it in Survey of Clinical, Community, and Counseling Psychology with Dr. Wanda Ruffin. Not only have I continued to reference this theory when discussing health issues in my non-professional life, but its widespread application among top scientists at NIH demonstrates the incredible value of holding a degree in psychology from Hood College. Of course, the psychology department offers its students even more than the exemplary coursework! My scientific career truly began with Dr. Elizabeth MacDougall in her Geriatric Assessment Research Lab (GARL). The lab offers its students applied training opportunities in which they gain experience and insight into real, scientific experience (survey data acquisition, data analysis, manuscript preparation, poster preparation, and so forth). The department’s genuine care for students’ success and well-being is unmatched.
By Abraham Kettor ’19
In his famous inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.” So, as a native of the Republic of Liberia, West Africa, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and go back to my home country with the hope of inspiring other youths to take on peace initiatives and to seek higher education. Of course, this decision wasn’t easy. However, I was prompted to take on this challenge because I have experienced the horror brought on by Civil Wars in Liberia. As a result, I have developed a unique perspective towards life, which inspired me to focus on spreading awareness about love, peace, unity and hope instead of war, hate, intolerance and tribal discrimination. Therefore, when I learned about the Davis Projects for Peace, I knew it would be an exceptional platform for me to step out of my comfort zone.