Name: Pippa Mason
Concentration: Marketing & Management
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Undergraduate Major: English
Hometown: Plano, Texas
How would you compare the M.S. Commerce Program to your undergraduate studies?
Since the M.S. Commerce Program has an integrated curriculum, a lot of our assignments have components that are grades for as many as three or four different classes. Instead of just doing a Strategy & Systems assignment and just doing a Communications assignment, you’ll compile a memo that counts for both classes. That’s a huge difference from my undergraduate studies, where my classes had little direct relationship to one another. It’s a really cool way of learning that’s more representative of how you work in the business world.
What’s been your favorite part of McIntire so far?
I love the real world connections. We talk about things that we read in the Wall Street Journal all the time, we get to work on extended projects for real firms, and there are always impressive speakers coming in.
What are your plans after you graduate from McIntire?
I accepted a full-time offer with the Dallas office of the Boston Consulting Group, which I am super excited about!
Where are you from originally?
My family moved from England when I was three for my dad’s job and we became American citizens when I was in the 7th grade. I think growing up as an ex-pat definitely made me aware of the diverse opportunities available abroad and open to working in new places. I’m also excited for the sky miles I’ll hopefully earn doing consulting so I can make more frequent trips back to the UK to see my extended family!
Do you have any hobbies?
Now that I’m finished with my English undergrad, I get to call reading and creative writing hobbies again! My other hobbies include avoiding getting roped into sunrise hikes and attempting to finish school without touching an oven.
Are you a part of any extracurricular activities at U.Va.?
I’ve stayed involved with an organization called Sustained Dialogue that I’ve been passionate about since my first year as an undergrad at U.Va. Sustained Dialogue brings together diverse sets of students in small groups of about 15 to talk about more personal subjects like race, class and gender. It’s a great space to share and challenge your opinions and experiences. I also am a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society and my sorority, Chi Omega.
What is it like to live on the Range at U.Va.?
I live on the Range this year, which is the graduate portion of the “academical village”. In exchange for having to wear a bathrobe in the snow to take a shower (there’s no bathrooms in our rooms), I get to live in one of the original rooms from when the University was first built. Living on the Range is a wonderful experience because it lets me connect and socialize with graduate students from other programs. A group of us went skeet shooting together this past weekend, and a few weekends before that we all attended a polo match at King Family Vineyards.
Written By: Ellie Reed