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Department of Political Science

University of Mississippi

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Mason Scioneaux

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Mason is a dedicated student who has used the many resources at UM to create a personalized program that fits his interests and career goals. A political science minor, he majors in Journalism and is a member of the Accelerated Law Program with the School of Law. He has served as both a reporter and photographer with The Daily Mississippian, in addition to hosting a show for Rebel Radio. A member of the Honors College, Mason believes in getting involved, both through school events such as Big Event and the Great 38.

 

Why study political science at UM?
I am avidly interested in politics, and I have deeply enjoyed each of my political science classes at UM.  The department is full of inspiring, intelligent faculty that only strengthened my intent to pursue a politically-involved career.  Political science faculty have extensive and impressive backgrounds that rival any and changed my perspective about what I could do after Ole Miss. Their real-world experience brings life to the classroom, or in these times, the Zoom square.

Why study at UM?

I grew up an avid LSU Tigers fan and for my entire childhood, was all but sure that’s where I would attend college.  However, my parents convinced me to keep an open mind, and so, we embarked on a great tour of colleges throughout my junior year of high school.  A high school friend persuaded me to check out Ole Miss, as I had never been to campus.  The adage, “If you don’t want to go to Ole Miss, don’t visit,” is 100% true.  I stepped on campus and immediately fell in love. Ole Miss and LSU were actually my final two options I considered, but the rest, as they say, is history. Hotty Toddy!

What are your career aspirations?
With political interests and a law school background, I hope to either be involved in politics as a campaign manager or to enter the judiciary and become a federal judge.

Go-to meal in Oxford?
Grilled Ham and fried eggplant from Ajax and pretty much anything at Chili’s.

Catherine Garner

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Catherine is a pre-law student whose dream is to clerk for a Supreme Court justice. She is the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Junior and a research assistant in the Political Science Department.

 

Why did you decide to study political science?
I came to Ole Miss as “undecided” in order to take some courses and find my personal interests. After taking a couple of political science classes, I realized how much I enjoyed not only the subject matter, but also the professors. I also felt that the information that I could gain from majoring in political science would be very useful for my future career goals as an attorney.

Career goals?
I plan to attend law school after graduation. I would like to practice law and alsonsome work for the American Civil Liberties Union in some capacity.

Why should someone decide to study political science at UM?
In today’s political climate, it has been so useful to understand politics and the government better. I think everyone could benefit from studying Political Science because it is important to understand the rights and responsibilities of US citizens. Subjects taught in political science courses can help students feel more connected to the world around them in regards to government, current events, international politics, and much more.

Have you had an experience at UM that made you feel empowered or gave you a leadership opportunity?
After two years at Ole Miss, the Department of Political Science awarded me the Howard H. Stone Memorial Award for Freshman Achievement. This honor made me feel very empowered in that my professors had taken notice of my hard work in their courses and it made me even more motivated to succeed.

Any have you received any particular support or encouragement from a professor?
Many of my professors have been more than helpful whether it be talking through assignments during office hours or helping with other issues over email. Two of my professors have even gone as far as taking the time outside of class to help me with my law school applications. They have encouraged me so much over the last few months on their own time and it has shown me just how much they care about student success even after graduation.

What is an especially memorable trip, research, internship, or other school-related activity you’ve done?  During the summer of 2020, I began an internship that was supposed to last just for the duration of the summer, but with more online class options I was able to stay for fall semester to continue learning and working. I am interning at the law firm Limestone Title & Escrow in Franklin, TN, where I have learned about the title process as well as the legal aspects that go with buying, selling, and refinancing houses. I am getting to do a lot of hands on work alongside an experienced attorney in order to prepare myself for law school after graduation.

What are you binge watching?
I am currently binge watching Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story on Netflix. I love anything to do with criminal trials or murder mysteries.

What is your go-to meal in Oxford?
My favorite hands down is Chicken Hibatchi at Toyo.  What do you enjoy doing outside of academic pursuits at UM? When I am not in class or studying, I enjoy going on walks with my friends at Lamar Park and eating at Canes in the Pavilion.