Courtney Mason is a first year MA student in American Studies at the George Washington University and hails from San Antonio, Texas. She has a B.A. in journalism from Baylor University, and has previously worked as a campaign field organizer and congressional staffer.
Where did you go for undergrad and what did you study?
I studied Journalism at Baylor University.
What are you studying now?
Right now I'm focusing on adjusting to graduate school and narrowing down which topics I want to explore deeper.
What brought you to GW to continue your studies?
I want to understand the "why" behind the politics and institutions in America and there's no better place to study that than in D.C.
What piece of advice would you give, or what piece of advice has been most influential to you about living around GW and in DC?
Stand right, walk left.
Is there one book/piece of media that inspired you to pursue the field of American Studies? If so, which one and why?
National Treasure, starring Nicholas Cage.
If you were tasked with introducing yourself to a person by recommending to them one film, which would you choose and why?
Booksmart because it's about normal girls being cool and funny and smart.
Imagine you're up to bat as a Major League Baseball player. You need a walk-up song. Which would you choose?
"Truth Hurts" by Lizzo