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The Future is Now

Posted: April 22, 2014, Last Updated: April 17, 2014

BriaBy Bria, a Patriot Blogger

Time is quickly slipping by and the realization that I will be entering into my last two years of undergrad is beginning to hit me fairly hard. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was receiving my acceptance later for Mason and doing a victory dance (sigh). Nevertheless, with the spring semester of my Sophomore year coming to a close, that just means it’s time to make the all-important class registration decisions yet again. Very recently, I’ve found myself struggling with deciding on what career I want to aim for after I graduate and have been changing my mind a lot. When people told me before I came to school that I might change my mind a couple times regarding what I want to do, I didn’t bother believing them because I just knew I had everything all figured out. What I am now realizing is that isn’t the case by a long shot. Not being certain about my future aspirations is a little scary at times, but the only thing that keeps me at ease is knowing I have resources here at GMU that can help me figure my life out.

One of the best resources you will have at your disposal is your academic advisor. One thing that’s important to keep in mind is that, depending on your major, it may be difficult to meet with your advisor if you wait until the last minute to set up an appointment with them. Never do that. Especially when it comes to class registration, I knew I needed to take into account the fact that hundreds of other students would be registering in the same time frame that I was. Fortunately for me, I am able to do walk-in advising meetings with the English department. After discussing with my advisor a potential plan and hearing from her what paths I could take in order to accomplish what I needed to here at Mason, I felt more at ease.

Then, the day of registration finally came. A few short minutes of anxiety and anticipation over whether I would get the classes I wanted passed and by the end, I had my schedule finished for the Fall semester of my Junior year. I think what is still intimidating me the most about my impending Junior year beginning is the fact that all of my gen eds are completed and every class I’m taking from here on out relates to my future. Suddenly I feel like an adult.

There are moments where I still have my doubts, but that’s what’s so great about being here and getting help from the people I’m surrounded with at GMU. If someone hasn’t told you already, I’ll say it for you: It’s perfectly okay to be uncertain. That’s just a part of growing up. Took me a while before I knew I wanted to teach English for high school, but eventually I got to this decision. In the end, you find the right path or, in my case, the right path finds you. So in the future don’t stress out when you feel like you’re not sure what you want to do, you don’t know what classes to take, and you don’t know how to get help. Just keep calm and find some Mason guidance.

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Love, peace, and happy decision-making

-Bria

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And This Is Why We Take Breaks.

Posted: April 18, 2014, Last Updated: April 17, 2014

DesmondbloggerBy Desmond, a Patriot Blogger

Get good grades. Check.

Volunteer, serve your community. Check.

Don’t be lazy; get out of the dorm, go find a job. Check. Check. Aaannnddd Check.

Come up with dance choreo for class. Check.

Be active in Mason’s Filipino Cultural Association. Check.

Keep final exams and summer jobs on your mind. Check.

Now, please give me a second while I wipe these beads of sweat off my forehead from running around so much.

Oh. One more thing, Buy your ticket for the day that MASON TAKES OVER KING’S DOMINION! This picture perfectly represents why I bought the ticket:

This second semester has kicked in full throttle without mercy, but I am enjoying every moment of it along the way; even if it is not always easy. College has been the experience that I yearned for and even more. With the combination of that is pertinent to my academics, there always seems to be this minor head of folly that creeps it’s way and says, “you’re working too hard.”

Some times when people get involved with college, there is an assumption that everything of interest has to be joined. This is not true. As the old saying goes, “don’t bite off more than you can chew.” This Spring semester I like to think that I had become that college student that was once only a figment of my imagination. There are so many opportunities for one to get involved here. For example, I helped create a new Honors College student organization this Spring that stemmed from OSCAR Research, it’s called MasonU. And yesterday we were recognized in the Mason newspaper, along with the Fairfax News local paper. It was a pretty awesome as co- coordinator of Community Outreach, I’ll put up  another post about that, but the purpose of this one is to say: in an area that swifts through the motions of “work” each day, folly and fun are necessary, especially when you’re tired of being all work and no play. That’s no fun.

This weekend I plan to take a photo shoot in DC, and I am very much excited! Mason helps to provide me with a lot of tools that go beyond just reading a text book, ya know. I love my school and it’s plentiful amount of opportunities to just be awesome!

 

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Tips From Your Tour Guide

Posted: April 16, 2014, Last Updated: April 15, 2014

BloggerHeatherBy Heather, a Patriot Blogger

Hello future Patriots!

It’s now April, which as any university tour guide will tell you is busy season for college visits. Spring break means that seniors are making their last rounds before the May deadline and eager sophomores and juniors are getting a head start on their college search process. For those of you who are planning to join us on campus in the next few weeks I wanted to share a few tips to help you get the most out of your tours.

1.       Know your Mason lingo

*Ambassadors = tour guides. This is part of our belief that we do more than just give tours, we engage families and connect Mason with the outside community.

We try to eliminate using abbreviations on our tour but just in case you come across these words you’ll know what’s going on.

*JC = Johnson Center – a large complex with a food court, a library, and LOTS of spaces for studying and hanging out with friends. Tours start from here.

*The Hub – One of our student union buildings. It has a game room, a stir-fry restaurant, and houses the Office of Student Involvement.

2.       Choose your tour guide

At Mason, all of our ambassadors introduce ourselves right after the info session so you’ll already know our majors, hometowns and interests. If you hate science but love humanities, feel free to follow the history major rather than the chemistry one you were assigned. If you just want to follow the cutest ambassador in the room, that’s alright too.

3.       Ask questions!

Every Ambassadors’ dream is a tour group that asks lots of questions. Not only does it add some variety to our tours, it makes sure that we aren’t forgetting any vital information. If you don’t want to ask a question in front of the whole group, feel free to chat us up while we walk in between stops. It can get lonely up at the front and we want to get to know you!

4.       Tour guides are resources – use them!

Ambassadors are a very diverse group so we know a lot of people. I may not be able to tell you the specifics of the ROTC program but I can get you in touch with multiple people who are in it. Chances are your ambassador can find a way to connect you with nearly every major, program, or organization that interests you. When I visited GMU, I had my ambassador point me towards the Anthropology department so I could talk to faculty. The great interaction I had with the Chair was one of the main reasons I ended up choosing Mason.

5.       Take time to explore

You’ll be tired after your tour, but don’t skip out early and miss the chance to experience the campus without a tour guide leading you along a predetermined route. Eat in the food court or dining hall, take a break on the quad, and check out the posters and flyers advertising upcoming campus activities. You’ll get the full student perspective.

6.       Take the next step!

If you love Mason and want to learn even more about its students, sign up for a day visit. You will accompany an ambassador to a class that fits your interest, enjoy lunch on campus, and meet many great students! Bonus? You’ll probably get to miss a day of school.

Most importantly, picking a college should be fun, not stressful; so enjoy your time at every school. I hope these tips will help make the process a little easier. I speak for all the ambassadors when I say we hope to see you on a tour soon!

Heather

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