About Mack Prioleau
Mack Prioleau is a student at Vanderbilt University pursuing a major in Economics with minors in Corporate Strategy and Financial Economics.
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 as 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, 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 during his junior year. For his senior thesis project, Mack spent over a month doing field research on a local lake’s fish population, ultimately estimating the fish population, along with the population’s eating and activity patterns. Mack was also 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 and the 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 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 making the Vanderbilt Football 3.0 Club for attaining a GPA above 3.0 during the grueling season.
Mack has also done well in the classroom at Vanderbilt. He has made the Dean’s list 3 of his 4 semesters completed to date.
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 serves as a volunteer at the Mary Parish Center and raises money for multiple organizations such as 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 surfing, fishing, and exploring the greater world around him.