Minor in African and African American Studies

Rachel Klein, 2013

Rachel Klein

What work are you doing now?

I am a first year master's student at New York University in the journalism and Africana studies program. I will be traveling to Ghana this summer to conduct research for my thesis and to work as a Program Assistant for a NYU undergraduate course. I am currently interning at the magazine Mass Appeal, covering politics, music, art and news. I moved to Denver after graduation to join the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and now, living in New York, I am a member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. We recently performed at the world famous Apollo Theater.

What do you like about it?

I love grad school and how rigorous the courses and work load is. I am learning so much about the many forms of journalism and the very expansive history of Africana studies. The fact that I am able to have multiple forms of expression and live my dream as a professional dancer and writer is incredible.

How did your degree in the college prepare you to do this work

The Mason dance department was exceptional and absolutely prepared me for the professional dance world. I pick up choreography fast, know how to audition well and can prepare a solid dance resume. The AFAM department at Mason opened up a whole new world for me, and one which has become my focus and passion in my scholarship and writing.

What advice would you give current students about developing their careers?

Find something or multiple things that you are passionate about. When it's work you care about, you will always work harder, stay engaged and produce work at a higher quality.