Delaney Hoodak ’21 has been accepted into the Media, Culture, and Society master’s program at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.
The graduate program focuses on the study of contemporary media and culture across disciplines and perspectives, allowing students to choose optional modules that can tailor their degree to their interests, from journalism to politics to law.
“As a Media & Society and Writing & Rhetoric double major this program really spoke to me,” Hoodak says. “I am excited to learn more about media studies and have hands-on experience that will prepare me for my career.”
Hoodak became interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the UK when her spring semester abroad in Norwich ended early due to COVID-19.“After my time at UEA was cut short, I started thinking of ways that I would be able to return,” Hoodak says. “For me, going to grad school will allow me to have more time to find a job, a chance to get a master’s degree in one year that will be extremely beneficial to my career goals, and a chance to go back to UEA.”
She believes that her time at Hobart and William Smith has prepared her well.
“Being a double major on top of having multiple campus jobs and being a resident assistant has helped to prepare me for going to grad school because I have had to learn how to budget my time wisely, stay organized and hold myself accountable to deadlines,” Hoodak says. “As a Media & Society major, I have gained a strong background in media studies that will allow me to dive right in without hesitation. Having this foundation for media studies only inspires me to keep learning more.”
Hoodak is also appreciative of the support she’s received from her mentors at the Colleges and her family. “My major advisors, Associate Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer and Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Benjamin Ristow, the CGE, and my RA supervisor Hannah Smith were all supportive of me and really encouraged me to apply and shoot for my dreams,” she says.
On campus, Hoodak works in the CGE as a program assistant and for the Office of the Registrar. She also has served as the head of public relations for the HWS French Club, an Orientation mentor, and a tutor coordinator for America Reads. Hoodak was a member of the Women’s Club Rugby team and HWS Dreamcatchers.