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Meet scholarship recipient Brady Hood
Hometown: Kenton, Ohio
Major: Criminal Justice
Scholarships: R. Elizabeth Mackey Scholarship; BGSU Heritage Scholarship
Involvement: Resident Advisor, Campus Tour Guide, Justice Student Organization, Sigma Nu Fraternity, WBGU-FM radio host
Brady Hood (Class of 2015) believes that earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from BGSU is the best way to achieve his dream of becoming a state trooper. “Ever since I was old enough to know about cops and bad guys, I’ve wanted to be a police officer,” he said. He researched the BGSU criminal justice program after participating in the American Legion Buckeye Boys State, a hands-on educational program that introduces high school students to public service. The program is held on the Bowling Green campus, which allowed Brady “to get a better idea of BG.”
As the first in his family to attend college, Brady counts on financial assistance. Money is tighter his second year at BGSU, after the lapse of the additional first-year scholarships he’d received from local organizations such as the Kenton Lions Club. Serving as a resident advisor covers his room and board, earning such scholarships as the R. Elizabeth Mackey Scholarship and BGSU Heritage Scholarship partially support his tuition, and working part-time as a campus tour guide also helps to minimize additional costs. During the summers, Brady also earns cash by working on his family farm in Minford, Ohio.
“I wanted to come to BGSU because of the (relationship campus has to the) community. Even though I’m on campus, I feel that I’m a member of this community.”
How do you spend your time out of class?
As a tour guide, lots of people ask, ‘What is there to do on weekends?’ At any university you can find whatever you’re looking to do, but I always say, ‘More people stay in than go out.’ I never go out. My involvement as an RA takes up a lot of time.
Advice for first-year BGSU students?
“Don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. … Not a football field out of your comfort zone. Just one step.”