Alumni of the Month August 2009

Adam Mason (2008 Business Administration & Human Resource Management)

1. How did you get to where you are now?
Hard work. You can’t do anything in life if you don’t work for it – my motto has always been “do your best and don’t worry”.

aom_AdamMason 2. What has been your biggest achievement so far?
Getting elected as President of Keele University Students' Union. This is the first year that a full-time Sabbatical officer has ever been re-elected at Keele – despite many who have tried! I still don’t know quite how I managed it.

3. And your biggest mistake?
Someone wise once told me: there’s no such thing as a mistake, there are things you do and things you don’t do. I’d like to get more involved in sport at Keele though, there are some very interesting and talented people over in the Athletics Union.

4. What are your ambitions now?
I have a tough year ahead and I’m focussing all my energy on that. I have always had my heart set on doing an MBA, so perhaps Keele will find room for me on their fantastic part-time MBA programme next year.

5. What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar field?
Student politics? I’d say you have to have your heart in the right place. If you don’t care about the issues that arise, you will not have the passion to keep going. If anybody ever wants to work in a Students’ Union, it is paramount that students’ interests come first.

6. What made you choose Keele University?
The beautiful campus and unique dual-honours system.  I loved my degree because of the surroundings and I got the most out of my education because I’m one of only 60 people in the entire country to graduate with my specific skill set. Perfect!

7. How has Keele influenced your life?
Most people go to University as teenagers and leave as adults.  I think Keele’s community spirit has a unique way of really nurturing that transition – I’ve grown as a person so much since coming to Keele.

8. What is your favourite memory of Keele?
There have been so many! I suppose I should say that my degree ceremony was the most proud moment at Keele – three years worth of effort rolled into one day. But I do also have some funny memories of sprinting to hand in an essay on time, only to find that my friends had set all of my clocks forward two hours!

9. And your worst?
Fire drills at 4 o’clock in the morning. There’s nothing more embarrassing than standing out in the freezing cold with bed hair while you wait for your name to be called.

10. Anything else you would like to add?
The thing I really love about Keele is that most people who come here heard about Keele through word of mouth – lovely people tell other lovely people about Keele, so the place keeps its fantastic tight-knit community feel. So, if there is one thing I could ask of alumni... it would be this: pass on the message of Keele, promote it in conversation to like-minded people and help us keep Keele the friendly, welcoming community that it always has been.