"The Davidson faculty and staff offer many leadership models-and great support for students with ideas." The college's first Women's Leadership Conference was Mason's brainchild. The event "couldn't have happened without the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development," she says.
A Social Economist
"I've been working with Dr. David Martin and some other students to develop a course for the spring semester in applied environmental leadership. It's kind of like an independent study-but in the form of a seminar."
A William Holt Terry Scholar, she was thrilled to learn that the dean of students emeritus is still active in the college community, and to have the chance to benefit from his mentorship-and his cooking! "He makes dinner for Terry Scholars every month. It's amazing."
Used the Stipend for What?
During a summer research trip on women's issues and the sex trade in Morocco, she used her stipend to buy beer and cigarettes-as a way to encourage prostitutes to talk with her about their experiences. "The hardest part was not really being able to help them."
Ultimate Frisbee, Ultimate Friends
"Frisbee is my escape; it's where I forget everything else. I play rough and dirty-I'm always on the ground! And my friends are a big part of my life-we have family dinners every Thursday. Anywhere from four to 12 people might come; we've known each other since freshman year. We order pizza or make a stir-fry; the food is not the important part. Davidson is a special place. It focuses on the whole person, in a community where you can be an individual and be spectacular-and also belong."