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TréVon Mason: Exploring a Career While Being a Student

“I feel as if I was pushed to my fullest potential and still have a lot more to develop from the skills that I acquired here at Alma … the setup of the college and the campus culture is so small and close-knit that relationships really catapult your success.”

TréVon Mason is pictured recently outside of the Hogan Center at Alma College. TréVon Mason is pictured recently outside of the Hogan Center at Alma College.ALMA — TréVon Mason has a specific goal in mind for his future career: open a dance studio.

Mason, a double major in dance and business administration at Alma College, said his college choice allowed him to explore two very different subject areas in a way unlike many other schools he once considered. Thanks to Alma’s interdisciplinary approach, Mason said, he feels comfortable pursuing his ultimate goal.

“A lot of other schools teach the technical base behind dance, with technical terms,” said Mason, a senior from Dearborn, “and since being here I’ve learned a lot of that, as well as compositional work. I’ve also learned a lot of the history behind dance and movement. It’s been a great foundation as I move forward into teaching others.”

A recent highlight from Mason’s career in dance at Alma was his senior dance capstone project, which was presented March 5-6. The capstone project is designed to encapsulate everything a student learns in their time at the college, and according to Mason, his was a big success.

“I started gathering ideas and working on it from the first day on campus,” Mason said. “I did everything — I hosted auditions with people, had rehearsals every week, and set everything up, from posters to the staging and lights. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it.”

Mason said his capstone was personally significant to him as it was dedicated to his father, Dwight “Jack” Mason, a ballroom and jazz dance instructor who passed away in March 2020.

“Every piece of the show had meaning for me, considering my dad’s life, and every piece got the exact reaction that I was looking for,” Mason said. “People came to me after the show and were still crying. It made me cry a lot, too, because of all of the stress, but it was worth it.”

Mason has a job in marketing, management and sales that began as an internship before he was hired to work full-time. He said his experiences in the professional world, combined with his Alma College education, have helped prepare him to start a business of his own someday.

“I think the business program is compelling, encouraging, and fundamentally challenging,” Mason said. “You gain an upper hand in thinking outside of the box in relation to business administration graduates at other colleges.”

In between classes, Mason has found opportunities to become involved in the campus community. He is an original member of the Alma College Spirit Squad and has helped the organization grow over the last four years. He is also a member of the fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon, the dance honorary Pi Delta Chi and the Alma College Dance Company.

He recommended that current and future students become involved in as many campus organizations as possible, to improve their chances of finding mentors and lifelong friends.

“I feel as if I was pushed to my fullest potential and still have a lot more to develop from the skills that I acquired here at Alma,” Mason said. “The setup of the college and the campus culture is so small and close-knit that relationships really catapult your success. You have a chance to improve your critical thinking and personal skills, which I’ve found to be crucial to success in a competitive job market.”

Story published on April 14, 2021