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Internship Central

Posted: November 6, 2014

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By Bria, a Patriot Blogger

Hey there Mason Nation! With a new year progressing along and midterms lurking around the corner, sometimes it gets easy to forget about other things that are equally as important, like having advising meetings and making plans for the future. Believe me, I get it.

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After having an advising meeting when the semester started, I got so caught up in my classes that I forgot about the extra steps I need to take towards my future like applying for grad school programs, internships and so on. Eighteen credits will do that to you haha. However, regardless of what your major is, it’s crucial that you keep in mind that those are things you have to plan for along with everything else you have going on in your life. Luckily for us Mason students, we have tons of workshops and meetings on things like resume building, group advising, and job preparation to help us plan for these kinds of things.

For instance, I have seen many students this past week preparing for career fairs and workshops. I actually had the opportunity to attend a meeting about internships specifically for English majors. This was very helpful to me personally because I have always struggled with knowing what kind of internships to go after in this particular field because there are so many options. This meeting, lead by Professor Scott Berg, provided some insight for me about how I can go about my personal internship search.

The great thing about going to George Mason is that we live in an environment surrounded by internship opportunities, it’s just up to us to find them. With us being so close to DC, our options are endless and this holds true for every major. One thing I took away from this meeting about internships is how great a resource Career Services is. Professor Berg, who is an Internship Coordinator here at Mason, explained how Career Services can provide guidance on how to form good resumes, cover letters, and other advice on how to pursue jobs and internships. This point just reminded of something I have been hearing since my freshman year here at Mason: take advantage of the services provided to you at school.

There’s so much valuable information that one could get through services like these workshops, advising meetings, and information sessions that it would be a shame to miss out on all of that. For me, I plan on making more advising trips to the College of Education and Human Development like the advising event they have on the 9th for prospective teachers so I can make a plan about my grad school options. Also, after attending the internship meeting I definitely want to set up an appointment with career services so I can make a jump start on my internship search.

In order for these things to happen, I know I need to take the initiative and that would be my advice to my fellow Mason students. It’s too easy to overlook these sorts of things and when the time comes to apply for a graduate program or that you need an internship, you won’t feel as prepared. That’s why you should make a plan in advance and not let time slip past you. Although we all are pretty busy, you don’t want to forget about the important things that could influence how successful you are in your future beyond Mason. I know your mind might be clouded by thoughts of getting through midterm exams and papers these next few weeks.

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Just don’t forget to leave some space for some future planning as well.

Until next time,

Bria

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Warning! Deadlines are closer than they appear!

Posted: October 24, 2014, Last Updated: October 24, 2014

Andrew BuntingBy: Andrew Bunting, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Believe it or not, many deadlines for your college applications are coming up faster than you may think. Here at George Mason University, our priority deadline to be considered for merit-based scholarships and The Honors College, as well as non-binding early action consideration, is coming up on November 1.  That’s right! Only a few days left in order to submit your application to be given priority admissions review to join the Mason Class of 2019.

I know, I know. Senior year has had you pretty busy already with football games, some of the toughest classes you’ve taken in high school, and your search for the perfect college.  Busy as you may be, though, I urge you to take a quick trip to admissions.gmu.edu/applynow to complete your online application to Mason (It’ll only have you about 15 minutes to do, plus however long it takes to write your essay). The Mason Nation, with more than 80 undergraduate programs from which to choose, 300+ student clubs and organizations, 22 Division I sports, unparalleled research and internship opportunities, and an unstoppable school spirit is waiting for you!

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Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Make sure that you submit your online application to Mason before the November 1 deadline.  Remember, the application is only found online on our website at admissions.gmu.edu/appynow, and you should request that your high school transcripts and letters of recommendation be sent to Mason from your high school guidance counselor.  Standardized test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency.  By submitting your application before this deadline you’ll be qualified to receive:

– Priority consideration for merit-based scholarships from the Office of Admissions

– Consideration for the Honors College/ University Scholars Program for students who have submitted the additional 750-word essay

– A non-binding admissions decision in mid-December, months before you hear from other schoolstest

Best of luck as you apply to Mason’s Class of 2019

I know I speak for the entire admissions committee when I say that I am looking forward to reviewing your application. If you have any questions or concerns about this deadline or the application process please feel free to contact us at admissions@gmu.edu.

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Becoming A Part Of Something Bigger

Posted: October 3, 2014

LoganBy Logan, a Patriot Blogger

Everyone wants to be a part of something. It’s just human nature. When you’re a part of something bigger than yourself it makes you feel proud. That’s why I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come to GMU, and become a part of something bigger than I ever imagined joining.

Here at Mason, there’s a place for everyone. This is one of the few places I’ve ever been to where I can walk out of class to go get lunch and hear 3 different languages being spoken. The diversity of the campus makes it feel magical, because it’s like a huge melting pot. People from all over the world, with extremely different cultures and backgrounds come here.

I’ve already found my place in this magical melting pot, and it’s with something I never thought I would do in a million years. I joined the co-ed professional film fraternity Delta Kappa Alpha. Before starting college, I was very against Greek life. I was close-minded and thought there was only a social aspect to these organizations. After some representatives from the fraternity visited my FAVS 100 class, talking about how they were a professional fraternity and they did multiple projects a year my excitement was unreal. I never knew about this side of Greek life and I am SO happy I found out about it. Rushing with them this past week was a blur, but it was so much fun. Once I found out I got a bid, I was ecstatic because I knew I was going to be able to be around people as passionate about film as I am.

College is all about finding out who you really are, and I think George Mason is really going to help me with my journey. In the past 3 weeks my mind has been opened up to numerous new ideas, and it’s liberating and terrifying all at the same time. The key is to stay open-minded and try new things! I cannot stress that enough.

So, get out there and try something you never thought that you would like! You might just surprise yourself.

The Delta Kappa Alpha Pledge Class!

The Delta Kappa Alpha Pledge Class!

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