Mason Molesky, during a summer research experience at the NASA Research Center in California.Mason Molesky was familiar with Alma College before he enrolled as a first-year full-time student in Fall 2014.
“I had the privilege to dual-enroll while in high school,” says Mason. “Dual enrollment gave me an opportunity to experience what college is like and allowed for a more natural progression into college.”
After finishing high school in just three years, Mason began with sophomore standing. For his hard work in high school, he will be able to finish his undergraduate degree in just two and a half years.
Mason wasted no time getting involved in many areas across campus. He is involved in seven campus organizations — Alpha Phi Omega, Barrister’s Society, Math Club, Chemistry Club, Biology Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club and Alma College Chorale.
Mason MoleskyIn addition, he is an international student mentor and a meteorite/asteroid research assistant in conjunction with NASA. He also volunteers at Community Café and Kid’s Night Out while while pursuing double majors in mathematics and physics.
“My search for majors allowed me to explore a variety of interests and in the process find my passions,” he says. “Since taking Algebra I in middle school, math always came naturally to me. Since then I have known math would be an integral —get the pun? — part of my life.”
Mason was unsure what he would be able to do with a mathematics degree alone and knew that he wanted to find a second subject to double major in. After wading through philosophy, education and business classes, Mason came to a realization.
“I thought back to the good old high school years and remembered how physics was mostly math: essentially math with labels,” he says. “I signed up for a class, and a couple weeks later I was declaring physics as my second major.”
Mason MoleskyAs if he’s not busy enough, Mason also is working four on-campus jobs — Information Technology Services Assistant Network Specialist, Director of Access to College Education (ACE) Program, Mathematics and Computer Science Department Tutor and member of the Service Team.
When asked what has been the most beneficial thing for Mason thus far at Alma, he was quick with a response.
“Research,” he says. “It has not only prepared me for future research and been a resume builder for me, but it also has given me experience in presenting, interpersonal skills, and other professional skills. In addition, research is what graduate schools look for on a resume, and they might even approach you at conferences!”
After Alma, Mason plans to pursue a doctorate in mathematics, physics or technology.
“I am really happy with the opportunities that Alma has to offer me and the ability to have the time and resources to take to find my passions.”