Natalie Heavren

Each year, faculty in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) come together to select an outstanding student in their program to receive the honor of being named as their program award winner. Students selected for this award embody the very best of their program: they excel in their studies; they demonstrate leadership in classes and internships; and they have a genuine and tenacious passion for their discipline.

Natalie Heavren
The College of Education and Human Development faculty in Sport and Recreation Studies have chosen

Natalie Heavren

as the

2021 Outstanding Graduate Student in Sport and Recreation Studies

Q & A with Outstanding Graduate Student in Sport and Recreation Studies, Natalie Heavren:

What part of your Mason experience are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my thesis research and participating in Green Machine.

What are your future plans, goals, and dreams?

After graduation, I will continue my search for a full-time job with the goal of eventually working in media relations or sport marketing. I also look forward to working towards publishing my research.

What is your favorite memory from your time in the College of Education and Human Development?

My favorite memory in CEHD has been learning from all of my amazing professors.

What advice do you have for fellow CEHD students?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and network with your fellow students! Also, make sure you go to office hours and clarify any questions you may have (and it’s a great way to build relationships with your professors!)

Would you like to give any shout-outs to those who supported you along the way?

I’d like to thank the faculty of the School of Sport, Recreation and Tourism Management for all of their knowledge and support during my master’s degree. Dr. Green has been a tremendous resource for me throughout my thesis writing process. My family and friends have also served as an incredible support system throughout my educational career.

Congratulations and best of luck, Natalie!