Graduating Greyhounds 2015: Cory Hodson

By Brigid Hamilton  |  Photos courtesy of Cory Hodson, '15

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Cory Hodson


Norwood, Massachusetts


Global Studies Major, Writing Minor

Campus involvement

Served as president, vice president of student advocacy; director of academic affairs; and first years senator on Student Government Association (senior to freshman year, descending).

I’ve attended retreats including the Connections pre-fall orientation program and men’s retreat, and I’ve participated in weekly service at Asylee Women Enterprises in Towson and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore through the Center for Community Service and Justice.

Plans after graduation

I am heading to Yale Divinity School for a Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in ethics.

How I chose my path

Discernment. Being constantly aware of how I was feeling towards academic subjects and certain people around me. I think part of finding fulfillment in life is committing to people, places, ideals, and attitudes that make me me and that set me on the path to do good for others.

Coming into Loyola as a theology major and moving to global studies allowed me to use my undergraduate experience to its exploratory classroom limits. Time away from issues of academic faith and ethics actually allowed me to realize them as my authentic academic passion, and now I can pair that drive with worldly knowledge gained through the global studies program.

Favorite Loyola memory

Most of these occur on crisp nights on the Humanities porch, and some of them I’m alone: doing work, thinking, praying. Some of the best times, though, were spent talking to another person. I once had a seven-hour conversation on the Humanities porch; we actually ordered late-night food at the beginning and stopped for breakfast after. These discussions varied in topicfrom adjustments to college to issues of identity and vulnerability; from questions about God, fulfillment, and the good life to sports and money management. I listen more than I talked, and I’m thankful. The relationships I make sustain me, and for that I am grateful.

The professor who had the biggest impact on me and why

This is a tough one. Probably Ron Tanner, my first-year writing professor and Alpha instructor. That seminar class (there were about 12 students) was rigorous. I became a much better writer within a month. Ron made adjustment to Loyola so much easier; we still keep in touch now.

My strong truth/how the Jesuit college experience shaped me

Strong truths are the hardest truths, plain and simple. A Loyola education prepares you for a life worth living: one guided by difficult questions of faith and justice and in service of others. The strong truths I’ve learned all ultimately relate back to the virtue of being restless contemplatives, always trying to grapple with how we might meet the needs of our diverse and changing world.

Shout outs to…

My sophomore year roommates in Newman 603 East; you guys mean the world to me.

My parents for all they have sacrificed to get me here.

And Josh Smith, dean of the School of Education, for helping me see what a man for others in practice really looks like.

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