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.
This year, faculty in Tourism and events Management have selected Natalie Williams as their Outstanding Student in Tourism and Events Management. Congratulations, Natalie!
Q & A with Outstanding Student in Tourism and Events Management, Natalie Williams:
What academic accomplishment are most proud of?
The academic accomplishment I am most proud of is the research paper I wrote for my research methods class. The subject was on how generations differ in their tourism habits and I found the process very interesting and satisfying.
What organizations/affiliations have you been involved with while at Mason?
I have been very involved with the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) at Mason. CCM has offered me a home and a family of people who share my faith and values. It has helped me to grow as a person by teaching me leadership skills, the value of true friendship, and how to live out my faith in everyday life.
What are your plans after graduation?
My plans after graduation are to continue working at my current job as an Admissions Assistant at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School.
What is your favorite memory in CEHD or your favorite part of being a CEHD student?
My favorite part of being a CEHD student is being able to do two internships. Both internships really helped me figure out what kind of career I want to have and taught me a lot about the industry.
What advice do you have for fellow CEHD students (especially those that are not graduating yet)?
My advice for fellow CEHD students is to talk to your professors. They’re here to help us and they’re very good at their jobs!