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Pursuing Social Justice
Enthusiasm about pursuing a career path can stem from unexpected places. For Nick Montgomery, 2016 George Washington University graduate, his passion for politics was sparked by the music he listened to in high school.
Music has always been an instrument of change, and it opened Nick’s eyes to issues going on in the world around him. He was inspired to read and learn more about social justice — and a deep dive into political authors helped him do just that.
“My whole sense of social justice started to form,” Nick said. “I’m really in this because I want to make a difference in the world. It’s not about personal power or anything like that. There’s just so much suffering and so much injustice. With the opportunities I have, I want to make as much of a difference as I can.”
Nick started working as an intern for Congresswoman Julia Brownley’s first campaign in 2012. Following that experience, he worked on two more campaigns and was promoted to field organizer in 2016. Yet he still wanted to learn even more about the practical side of politics.
“I understood the political issues, but didn’t know how to fix them,” Nick said. That’s when he decided to pursue his online master’s degree in political management. After researching various options, Nick was inspired by the courses offered in the program at the George Washington University.
“My fundraising class was by far the most memorable,” he said. “I designed a fundraising plan that involved putting a bunch of people on a boat, and it was terrible. I was panicking — do I not know what I’m doing? By the end of the course, I ended with the second highest grade. I was really able to turn it around with the professor’s guidance.”
For students considering the online route, GW offers a great way to balance work, school and personal life with the same faculty support and coursework offered on campus. “It was really invaluable to be able to do it on my own time. I was able to work full time and put myself through school without having to go to night classes. I was able to finish work, come home, do a couple hours of studying and then go on with my life,” Nick said about his online master’s experience.
An online master’s can teach you to steer initiatives and impact your community. It’s an advantage that can open new opportunities and help you stand out among the competition.
“A master’s really set me apart. My ability to get the field organizer job and other interviews — it’s opened doors for me, and the reality of that is very cool.”
– Nick Montgomery