2016, Honors College
Politics runs through Ryan Thornton’s (Class of 2016) veins. Mason’s close proximity Washington DC gave him the opportunity to pursue his dreams, all while being supported by the Honors College.
Ryan was always itching to get out of the classroom and into the real-world.
“Classes were never where I felt I did my best work,” said Ryan.
With guidance from his Honors College advisor, Ryan began building a political legacy at Mason in and outside of the classroom.
Ryan helped form the Roosevelt Institute at Mason, a nonpartisan political organization that organizes to implement progressive policies at the university level. Today, Ryan serves as the New Chapters Coordinator for the national Roosevelt Institute organization.
His expertise in politics and policy led him to several internships: as a Legislative Intern for the Office of US Senator Bob Casey Jr, as a Policy Intern for the AFL-CIO, and an internship working at Quorum Analytics, a political consulting firm in Washington D.C. By the time his senior year rolled around, Ryan was working full-time downtown, while finishing up classes at Mason at night.
Between his full-time job working with quantitative analytics data to help clients influence the legislative process, classes and maintaining an active role on the ultimate frisbee team, Ryan had a packed senior year. But all the hard work and late nights were worth it. Ryan transitioned straight from Mason to a permanent full-time position at the company where he interned.
Ryan credits his success to the guidance from the Honors College, which kept him academically on track, while encouraging him to branch out and pursue his dreams.