Anna Tussey: During my time as a Master's student in American Studies, I was able to personalize my course of study to better fit my professional desires. I emphasized the study of Education. Currently, I work as a high school teacher in an alternative program for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE).

Sean Watkins: When I reflect on my education in the Kennesaw State University MAST program, I realize the program prepared me in unpredictable ways for my career. Through workshops with incredibly supportive classmates, and professors who were nothing short of champions, I was challenged to discover a voice I didn’t know I had. I find myself building on my MAST education, able to communicate and collaborate in new ways as I further my education at Harvard University with a Master of Science in Theology.

Tanya Brinkley: I am an Army retiree. I was drawn to the KSU MAST Program because I wanted to do further study of identities and social construction theories. The American Studies Graduate degree made a difference in my career because the school where I now work was hiring faculty with interdisciplinary experience. I’m able to do the exact work I’d like to do, part instructing, part advocacy and activism.

Annie Moye: While a student in the MAST program, I was able to provide real-world solutions for my community partners. My Capstone project was included in a major grant proposal, which led to a multi-million-dollar restoration project at the art environment known as Pasaquan in southwest Georgia. Today, I’m the chair of the Pasaquan Preservation Society, and it is impossible for me to imagine these happy circumstances without the work I did and the people I met in KSU’s MAST program.

Mandy McGrew: The MAST program changed the way that I see the world; it opened my mind to the many varied perspectives of everyone around me and helped me take a critical view of everyday experiences. This practice has helped me to be successful in my career as an educational developer where I work with faculty and students from different backgrounds, motivations, and views of the world. The high expectations set by my professors and faculty mentors in the program showed me what I was capable of accomplishing.