Curtis Rogers, a Master of Science candidate in Environmental Biology works with the USDA Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, MD. A position he says he was able to get due to the guidance and support of professors at Hood. He has this to say about his experience at Hood.
Why did you choose to pursue a graduate degree?
I chose to pursue a graduate degree in order to open more doors directly related to my interests in the job market, and to hone in on specific areas of study important to my future goals.
Why did you choose Hood College graduate school?
I chose Hood College due to its intimate classroom settings and knowledgeable instructors. The programs offered also piqued my interests, as did the proximity to both my home and relatable career opportunities.
What do you value about your relationship with your professors?
During my years at Hood, I was afforded the opportunity to develop great relationships with my many professors, including professors that I did not even have classes with. I feel as if the relationships I formed with them will transcend my years at Hood, and will extend into my future endeavors. Dr. April Boulton, my thesis advisor, has proven especially integral in my educational and professional pursuits. Without her guidance, I could not have attained what I have. Her faith in me directly led me to my current employment with the USDA Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, MD. This job is VERY rewarding and has furthered my education and experience immensely.
What is the most rewarding class or academic experience at Hood?
I greatly enjoyed all of my classes at Hood, and all of my professors pushed me towards excellence. The coursework that I completed in the insect sciences especially led me towards my main interests.
How do you manage your many other obligations?
Several weeks into Biostatistics, my first class at Hood, my daughter was born. The professor, Dr. Michael Alavanja, was extremely helpful and gave me a few extensions on some coursework. After she was born, balancing family and school was easy for me. During my first three years at Hood I worked on my family farm, so I cannot attest to scheduling related to a more common work routine.
Tips for prospective students
My main tip to prospective students wishing to enroll in Hood College’s graduate school would be to take time getting to know your professors and peers. Both can be very valuable resources to help you solve problems and learn efficiently.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I spend time with my family mostly. Presently, my job is keeping me busy during the week, and finishing my thesis is keeping me busy on weekends. Once my thesis is completed, I hope to enjoy my weekends with friends and family a bit more.