Graduate Profile - Xavier Mason

Graduate Profile - Xavier Mason

Xavier Mason

Class: 2014
Major: Speech Communication with option in public relations
Hometown: Hayti, Pa.

What made you want to pursue your current major?
I was trying to discover what I wanted to be in life and how to get there. After interviewing about four different chairs of various departments, I decided that speech communication with option in public relations would be most beneficial for me.

What is the most monumental thing you’ve learned during your time here?
To get out and try new things. I'm from a small community (Coatesville, Pa.) and I didn’t have many opportunities to travel outside of that community. During my time at Millersville, I have been provided with numerous opportunities to get out and explore life, all while learning some valuable lessons at the same time.

How has Millersville helped you to succeed?
Millersville has provided me with amazing resources and experiences from my internships to classes with Dr. Jennifer F. Wood, associate professor in communication and theatre and Dr. Thomas Boyle, professor and director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center. Through student organizations, I was able to take trips out-of-state. For example, this semester I went to a conference in Washington, D.C. There were various workshops there that allowed me to brush up on my networking skills and learn more about my profession.

Have you held any internships? If so, what were they like?
Yes I had an amazing experience with Excentia, which is a local nonprofit. I learned real world experience that will help me in my profession. I was able to apply what I learned in class as well as learn new things like grant writing. I even had a few grants approved. My typical day would consist of checking my emails and talking to my supervisor to see what she needed me to work on. This could be anything from writing a grant, a press release or doing some research. It was a very fun and relaxed atmosphere. I had such an amazing time and really connected with the people there. In fact, I occasionally go out to lunch with some of the staff.

What do you like most about Millersville?
What I like most is the atmosphere. There are plenty of students from the city so it still has a little bit of the city aspect; however, it is more relaxed than a city and it's a beautiful environment.

Are you involved in any clubs or organizations on campus? If yes, please explain.
Currently, no. However, I was president of Millersville's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter. I learned many things during my time in that position. I was able to network and meet new people as well as set goals for my organization and see them through.

What is it like to work with the Millersville Mentoring Alliance Program (MMAP)?
It's amazing. I get to work with wonderful co-workers and meet some of the most amazing people in the area. I never have a day where I hate going to work. Every day is a fun day and I always look forward to seeing everyone in the office. I learned many things from the MMAP, such as event planning and a few databases I was unaware of.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
The best piece of advice I've received is to never give up.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I do research in my spare time. I look up various things that interest me such as buying a house, cars, cell phones, what I can do with my degree and what other successful people do. More recently, I've been looking into ways to invest my time and money that will be productive. I try to learn new things or expand my knowledge on something I may have come across during my journey throughout life.

What will you miss the most about Millersville?
There isn't one thing I can think of that I will miss most. The professors, memories, internships, organizations... everything has added to my experience in its own unique way that I don't know what one thing to pinpoint.

What do you plan to do after graduation?
Currently, I have a few interviews lined up and I may join the army reserve at some point. Overall, I plan to make a difference in the world and to give back to the community in which I was raised in.