Shortly after graduating from Hobart College, Andrew Mason ’14 landed a position with Big Picture Entertainment, a full service theatrical, brand, and consumer product marketing company specializing in producing movie trailers and television commercials.
“My position allows me to gain a broad understanding of the company as a whole as my role is to assist various departments,” says Mason.
Mason, who came to HWS with a goal of pursuing a career in the television and film industry, learned just how valuable a liberal arts education could be in achieving his goals.
“Admittedly, as an underclassman I found the HWS liberal arts goal system to be somewhat trivial,” he says. “As I was determined to pursue a career in the film/television industry, I kept asking myself how classes such as Zionism, Israel, and the Middle East Conflict, Imagining American Religion, and Contemporary Issues in Economics would help me achieve my goal of breaking into the television and film industries.”
Mason says that it wasn’t until his junior year that he was able to start reflecting on his education and realizing the impact these classes had on him. “The goal system within the HWS liberal arts education has provided me with a foundation of knowledge that has positively shaped my global views as a person and improved my critical thinking skills,” he says.
One major lesson Mason took away from his four years at HWS was the value of networking that he learned through the help of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. As a media and society major and psychology minor, he had the opportunity to attend the Colleges’ Los Angeles: Behind the Scenes program, which provided him with an entryway into the media industry and gave him the opportunity to network with alums in the field.
“I have remained in contact with some of the connections that I made in Los Angeles and am grateful for having had the opportunity to make these connections through Career Services,” he says.
While at HWS, Mason was the winner of the 2013 the Centennial Center for Leadership’s Justice Matters Video Competition to investigate leadership as an inroad to justice. “Paws and Reflect,” a film by Mason and Connor Widenmeyer ’14 documents domestic animal abuse and negligence, specifically focusing on the pressure put on animal shelters to take care of these animals.