Mason Dunlap is a double major in History and Business Administration from Greenwood, SC. During her four years at Presbyterian College she has served as President of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, has been a Hose Leader and committee member, and has been Orientation Co-chair in addition to acting as a Stirling, introducing prospective students to all that PC has to offer. She has also volunteered her time tutoring students at Clinton Elementary. Through the History Department she has had the opportunity to travel on Maymesters to New Zealand and Central Europe, where she experienced first hand the history she learned in class. Over the two summers, Mason was an intern in Washington, DC, for one she worked for Congressman Jeff Duncan one year and for the other with Gula Graham Group, a political fundraising organization.
Why did you choose to come to PC and what made you interested in majoring in history?
As I started my senior year here at Presbyterian College, I began to look back at all the reasons I came to PC and how I ended up becoming a history major. Coming out of high school, I did not know what I wanted to do in life and was even stuck at where to begin to figure it out. I came to Presbyterian College for many reasons, but one of the main reasons was the professors. The professor-student relationship is something special at PC, interested in your personal success. They truly have become personally committed to me as a student. This is evident through my experience of becoming a History major. I enjoyed taking general-education history classes and found myself wanting to take more history classes. I would have never considered becoming a history major until Dr. Campbell spoke with me about it. It is rewarding to know that Dr. Campbell saw something in me that made him believe that I was meant to be a history major.
How would you describe your experience in PC’s History Department?
I have loved the History Department. I have had wonderful professors who have challenged me and taught me to go above and beyond. I have particularly loved the personal interest my professors have taken in me and in my future success.
What advice would you give to students considering coming to PC and majoring in history?
My number one advice to future history majors would be to study abroad. I was privileged to travel to Central Europe (Berlin, Krakow, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Slovakia) and well as New Zealand on Maymesters. Those were memories that I will forever cherish and what better way to learn history throughout the world?