Tyler Mazur has known for years that he wants to pursue a life in public service. That desire led the St. John’s College sophomore to serve as a medic in the U.S. Army after high school, then work for an ambulance company, and most recently, complete a Hodson Internship in the office of U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.). The experience opened Mazur’s eyes to life on Capitol Hill and strengthened his resolve to help create a better society, whether it’s in politics, foreign policy, or international relations.
“I learned there’s a very human side to Capitol Hill,” Mazur says. “You see it’s not this far-away distant foreign power. It’s just people like you and me living their lives, but in the meantime they’re doing public service and meeting with other people and trying to compromise and find direction.”
When Mazur arrived at the office of Maryland’s former lieutenant governor, he attended congressional hearings and briefings, took notes, and wrote memos for Brown’s office, among performing other tasks.
Mazur’s interest in politics has influenced his life on campus, too. He’s a member of the Maryland Student Legislature, Project Polity, and the Black Student Union. Mazur says his freshman year at St. John’s prepared him for the summer internship. “I felt like in a lot of hearings I was back in Seminar,” he says. “Instead of tutors or classmates it was Congressmen. (Freshman year) prepared me to listen in a way I might not have listened before.”
Mazur believes his St. John’s education will benefit him in any career. “I’ve always seen an education in philosophy as the foundation for any career, especially in politics,” he says. “I see it as a foundation of good governance.”