About Mack Prioleau
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Mack Prioleau is an Economics major with minors in Corporate Strategy and Financial Economics at Vanderbilt University who is from Fort Worth, TX.
After being born in Berkeley, CA, Mack spent the first 8 years of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Then, when Mack Prioleau was 8 his family took off on a 10 month trip around the world during which he visited 19 countries. During this trip Mack learned to speak Spanish, to surf, and to sleep while traveling on just about any type of vehicle as the trip included 108 taxi rides, 69 boat rides, 28 flights, and 17 buses.
Experiencing and interacting with so many cultures at an early age helped develop Mack Prioleau’s deep appreciation of others from different backgrounds as well has his sense of adventure.
After the round-the-world adventure, Mack’s family settled in Texas, where Mack Prioleau went about converting from a Californian to a Texan. This included learning to fish, and hunt, developing a love of Texas Country music, and starting to use phrases like “Yes Ma’am,” “No, Sir,” and “ya’ll.”
In school, Mack excelled in the classroom, where he was inducted into the Cum Laude Society in his junior year. For his senior thesis project, Mack spent over a month doing field research on a local lake’s fish population and by analyzing his gathered data he estimated the fish population, along with the populations eating and activity patterns. Mack also was involved in sports, being elected team captain his senior year and helping to lead All Saints’ to an undefeated season and state championship. He was named a first team all conference linebacker, his team’s defensive MVP.
Outside of school and sports, Mack Prioleau spent time tutoring underprivileged kids at Como Community Center, which is a recreational center in one of Fort Worth’s impoverished neighborhoods. At Como Community Center, Mack taught children academics, life values, and sports.
When it came time to go to college, Mack Prioleau chose Vanderbilt for its combination of great academics, excellent location, and the opportunity to be a preferred walk-on football player in the SEC.
Mack played football his freshman year, contributing as a scout team defensive end, earning a spot on the traveling team to play Texas A&M, and also making the Vanderbilt Football 3.0 Club which is for athletes who earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher while playing football.
Mack has also done well in the classroom at Vanderbilt. He has made the Dean’s list 3 of his 4 completed semesters.
In addition to football and academics, Mack was elected to be the Member Educator for his fraternity, and has been certified by the “Green Dot” program for prevention of sexual assault. Mack also raises money for multiple campuses organizations such as Kickoff Cookoff and Dance Marathon that raise money for Fannie Battle Day Home for Children and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. He is also continuing to explore other cultures, as he has been accepted to spend the fall semester of his junior year at the University of Cape Town in South Africa where he will have many opportunities for outdoor adventure and charity work.
After graduation, Mack Prioleau hopes to start a career in a field where he can put his leadership, work ethic, and Economics degree to good work. He would also like to join lifelong programs in which he can help others in need. Along with work and charity, Mack will continue to be the avid outdoorsman he is and spend much of his free time hunting, fishing, and exploring the greater world around him.