2017, Honors College
Suzy Hewitt (Astronomy ’17) has always kept her eyes toward the sky when it came to her life after graduation. Hewitt’s fascination with stars and space travel led her to pursue a degree in Astronomy at Mason. The university’s close proximity to Washington, D.C. gave her the opportunity to intern at the world-renowned Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center as an undergraduate student.
Hewitt now works as a Program Analyst for Aurora Flight Sciences, a research subsidiary of the Boeing Company. She credits the Honors College with opening her mind to the possibility of a career in her field of passion.
“The Honors College provides countless opportunities for its students to gain real world experience in their field,” said Hewitt. “For me, that [included] being able to intern at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center.”
The internship allowed Hewitt to teach museum visitors about the riveting aspects of space travel, all while being surrounded by gigantic space shuttles and other interstellar gadgets. Now, Hewitt is working on an aircraft development program for the federal government.
Hewitt’s time in the Honors College gave her a foundation of critical thinking skills to look at the world from multiple perspectives. The Astronomy major paired her degree with a minor in Women & Gender Studies so that she could “help empower [other] women pursuing careers in STEM.” During her time at Mason, Hewitt served as a founding member of MasonU, a student organization focused on giving campus tours to K-12 students from underserved communities. The organization was one way that Hewitt was able to enact change in her community by empowering and encouraging youth to consider attending college.
Hewitt applies lessons that she has learned from being in the Honors College to her career.
“The Honors College prepared me for life after graduation by exposing me to different learning and teaching styles,” said Hewitt. “During my time in the Honors College, I was constantly researching and presenting information for my peers and professors, and I use these skills every day in my career.”
Hewitt encourages all Honors College to go above and beyond what is expected of them. As a passionate leader in the Honors College and beyond, she herself is a great example of what it means to reach for the stars.