Sarah Mason

Hi there!

This is my bio page. Glad you dropped in! I’ll cut right to the chase. I’m a words person. As my husband likes to tease me, “words, words, words.”

I’m a words person. As my husband likes to tease me, “words, words, words.”

So what does that mean, exactly?

You can give me a call if you have any pressing language emergencies! I earned my doctorate in English at Northwestern University, and I’ve devoted my whole professional life to language. Language, and education, and people (preferably all mixed together): that’s what lights me up! I spent six years getting that Ph.D., so I’ve spent a lot of time studying the greats: Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Gaskell… (I could go on.)

You know what excites me the most? Self-expression. There’s no better vehicle than language for sharing who you are and reaching out for what you want—especially if you learn to wield it in the clearest and most inspiring way possible.

There’s no greater experience in my book (see what I did there?) than helping someone find their way to that perfect combination of words. The “yes! That’s what I was trying to say!” moment? The twinkly light in their eyes? I live for that stuff. 

Can you elaborate a little more? What’s your background?

Sure! Here’s a collection of my greatest hits:

My education:

  • Ph.D., English, Northwestern University
  • M.A., English, Northwestern University
  • B.A., English honors & History, The University of Texas at Austin

Places I’ve worked:

  • The University of Texas at Austin, Senior Academic Advisor

I’m an educator at heart – something I have in common with all Career Protocol instructors – so I found my way back to my alma mater in 2020 and worked as an advisor for undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts. I also have experience coordinating the thesis program for Plan II Honors. All Plan II seniors – many of whom are also business students, engineers, and pre-meds –write a 60+-page interdisciplinary honors thesis during their final year of college. Supporting them on this process is an absolute joy.

  • Northwestern University, Instructor

At Northwestern, I taught ENG 105: Expository Writing, which (you guessed it!) is all about writing composition. I guided undergraduates through the process of writing—and, even more importantly, revising—for everything from personal narratives and argumentative essays to research papers. I also led weekly discussion sections and graded essays for English courses like Introduction to Fiction (my personal fav!), British Literary Traditions, and American Literary Traditions. For all things writing: I’ve got you!

Our theme continues! As a writing consultant for Collin College, I helped students of all ages and backgrounds strengthen and revise their writing. I spent a lot of time with Collin College’s many international students and non-native English speakers and loved every minute of it!

Oooh, so you’re like a professor! Does that mean my work will come back covered in red?

Let me tell you what it’s like to work with me. I focus on three main things in your writing:

  • Authenticity: Does it sound like you? Do I get a sense of who you are, in all your uniqueness, just by reading this? Or does it ring hollow because you’re trying to fit a mold or sound like someone else?
  • Clarity: Does your voice shine through, or am I too busy trying to figure out what the heck you’re saying to even listen? Can I follow where you lead, or am I so lost in a maze of convoluted sentences that I don’t know which way is up?
  • Vibrancy: Do your words reach out from the page? Am I caught up in the vividness, aliveness, and realness of your narrative? Do I feel the ups and the downs with you? Do I care about what you’re saying?

As Angela (and her book!) will tell you, this is all part of good storytelling. And if we’ve done our work together well, you’ll knock this out of the park! And not just in your essays – the skill of storytelling will be yours forever.

Next things next: I don’t line edit too much. While I do know my semicolon from my period, I don’t go looking for fault. I’ll help you make sure the finished product is polished and professional, but I’m mainly here to help you discover your own voice and style.

Years of working with students at every imaginable stage of development makes me uniquely equipped to meet you wherever you are. Whether you love writing about yourself or avoid it with the deepest dread, whether you’re a word whiz or frequently fumbling, whether English is your first language or not, together we’ll tone that storytelling muscle and hone your personal voice. Before you know it, you’ll be expressing yourself so fully that you’ll inspire and connect with everyone you meet. And that’s a pretty rare skill!!

But you don’t exactly have a business background… should I be worried about that?

Heck no! I may not hail from the world of business, but I have almost a decade of experience in higher education and a vested interest in helping students reach their potential. It’s my absolute passion. Subject material can be learned; passions can’t.

Here’s a secret that we believe at Career Protocol: Business is just a human thing. The rules of business are the rules of human relationships. If you know how to connect with people, you can succeed in business, inspire the adcom, and win a spot at your dream school.

We have lots of insider info about MBA programs at Career Protocol, but that’s not what’s gonna get you in. You are what’s gonna get you in. I’ll use my expertise to help you be yourself in writing—and in the most compelling way possible. I’m pretty good at it. More importantly, I love it. And that means you’re gonna love it too.

Got any other tricks up your sleeve?

In addition to loving language, I also love detail, and planning, and coordinating. I’m the person who color coordinates her to-do list on her daily planner and then cross-references it with her monthly calendar. I’m the person who can’t stand unfinished business or Apple’s tiny red notification circles and checks her email relentlessly. I’m that person. And I’ll marshal all of this in helping you put together applications that represent the best and truest expression of YOU. 

I know from experience how daunting graduate school applications can be. I applied to ten Ph.D. programs when I decided to continue my education, and while it threatened to upend me at times, I discovered so much about myself in the process. I remember sitting on the curb outside my house, bawling my eyes out because I felt stretched so utterly thin. I had a mountain of revisions to do on my writing sample and how in the beejesus was I supposed to sum myself up in a 300-word personal statement? By the end, I learned how to share who I was—my core—in a single page.

There’s nothing quite like opening yourself up on paper for all the world to see (or, at least, all the admissions committees to see)! It’s terrifying and exhilarating all at once, and having a partner through those stages of envisioning, crafting, cutting, and shaping eases that feeling of exposure and your uncertainty about the process. I’ll make sure you don’t procrastinate yourself into a pickle, forget a key detail (or deadline), or overlook some stomach-dropping error once you’ve already hit submit. Not gonna happen.

If enthusiasm is contagious—and I think it is—you’ll be all kinds of lit up about the details and deadlines of your application. Even if you aren’t, I’ll be jazzed enough for both of us.

Any more questions?

If you have any more questions or know you want to work with me, sign up for a free MBA Strategy Session with our team! In the meantime, here are a few more facts about me!

You On Social?

Nothing to see here!

What’s your Myers Briggs type?

ESFJ all the way!

Top 5 Strengthsfinder strengths?

  1. Learner
  2. Focus
  3. Context
  4. Strategic
  5. Communication

Anything else?

  • I’m from Kentucky & Texas (I claim both as home states.) I moved to Texas early in life and fell in love with the sunshine, the friendliness, and the breakfast tacos, but my roots (and much of my family) are in the Bluegrass State.
  • These days you can find me eating my way through Austin’s amazing food scene.
  • I ask a whoooooooooole lotta questions (ask anyone), because I am one curious person.
  • I love collecting knowledge and sharing it with others—one fun fact, helpful tip, or “did you know?” at a time. If I could know everything there is to know about everything, I’d be one happy camper. Meanwhile, I’ll just keep on learning.
  • Bread is my love language. If I’ve had a hard day and my husband is at the supermarket deciding between flowers and bread, he’s gonna pick that warm loaf of fresh bread.
  • I wrote my dissertation about silence (how’s that for irony?), because I’m fascinated by how much the Victorians valued silence and how they used it in their social and creative lives.

Finally, if I had to describe myself in one word, I’d say: dependable.

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