Hayden Sherwood '14
Hometown: Rockton, Illinois
Major: Psychology, Political Science
What activities are you involved in?
Student Senate, Coe College Cosmos, Lambda Chi Alpha, Political Science Club and Coe College Republicans.
Why did you decide to attend Coe?
Initially, it was the atmosphere and feel of the campus. After I became more familiar with Coe, I realized there was a much stronger sense of community at Coe that I didn’t see at other colleges and universities I visited.
What does Coe mean to you?
Coe, and being a Kohawk, isn't something I can easily define; it's more of an identity. Coe is a part of me.
What is it like living in Cedar Rapids?
I love the opportunities we have in a city this size. It's not too big as to be intimidating, but it's not small either. I love having movie theaters, Wal-Marts, Targets and malls close by. Also, having a pretty neat downtown scene is cool too. Sometimes I enjoy just walking around downtown Cedar Rapids and grabbing a bite to eat with friends at different restaurants and coffee places. Before visiting Coe, I had never been to Cedar Rapids. There really is a great balance here between a small, liberal arts school and a city filled with opportunities.
What do you like best about Coe?
As I mentioned before, it is definitely the sense of community that we have. This sense of community is not just limited to students - faculty and staff make up a lot of it. The people here are great.
What should every student do before they graduate?
Try out something you never think you would do. Before coming to Coe, there was NO WAY I would ever join a fraternity, but after meeting some people and making new friends, I decided to join Lambda Chi Alpha. It is one of the best college decisions I've made.
What do you remember most from your First Year?
The people I met and the awesome friends we’ve become.
What do you plan to do after Coe?
I hope to go to law school.
What is your favorite Coe tradition?
How was Coe in terms of scholarship support?
Personally, Coe was extremely helpful in terms of financial aid and scholarships. Coe knows how important it is to make college affordable and was willing to work with me to explore financial aid options that I was eligible for.
Tell us about one of the organizations you are involved in.
One of the most important organizations I'm involved in is Student Senate. I am currently the Communications Officer for Senate, meaning that I handle the all of the PR and marketing efforts of various events Senate sponsors and presents. As an officer, I also sit on the Executive Board of Senate along with the Student Body President, Vice President, Treasurer and Recording Secretary. Student Senate Budget and Finance committee allocates money to all of the clubs on campus. The Living Environment committee hears student concerns ranging from food suggestions to residence hall issues and attempts to remedy them and the PR Committee helps me market Senate events on campus. Basically, Student Senate is the democratic organization that is the voice for the student body.
Why did you choose your major?
My first year I had anticipated on majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience, with hopes of pursuing a Pre-Med course of study. However, after seriously considering what truly interested me, I decided to switch to Psychology and Political Science. I love studying, reading about and being involved in politics and policy. I also have always debated about pursuing law, so Political Science would be an excellent and advantageous background to have as I look into Law School.