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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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“Why Not Mason?”

Posted: April 15, 2014

Kathleen_headshotBy Kathleen, a Patriot Blogger

The snow has melted, the north plaza fountains are on, “The Wobble” is playing and there are tons of organizations chatting on spirit row. Truly, this can mean only one thing:

It’s SPRING PREVIEW AT MASON! A spring annual event, one that I have now had the chance to vlog about for three years, Spring Preview is a public time where the Mason community steps up and outside of closed doors. All the departments involved with assisting new Patriots and dozens of organizations set up on tables, proudly speaking about the work they contribute to the Mason and NOVA community.

The ambassadors are sporting their bright yellow “Ask Me About Mason” tees, the greek organizations are wearing letters, the Quittich team is passing a ball around on a broom, the football club team is out with their trophies, and the list continues.

If you missed the event, or loved it so much you want to re-live it, here’s the link:

Mason Spring Preview

As a soon-to-be rising Senior, the clock to graduation has begun ticking and the pressure allows a whole new perspective. George Mason is a hub of culture, learning, and innovation. Walking around spirit row, seeing the new Patriots interacting with the old, watching the transition of Mason spirit take place between peers, is something exciting. It’s comforting to know that when you leave Mason there will be dedicated and excited students entering to fill in your place.

I think it’s important not to take education in a college setting for granted. Where else in the world are you surrounded by thousands of people at or higher than your education level? Where else in the world are you encouraged to and financially supported to do research, to try and establish new projects and clubs? Where else in society are strangers willing to help you succeed by participating in your philanthropy event or jumping in a video?

Where else in the world will you find a place like Mason?

So, to end in the wise words of Ricky [Senior Admissions Counselor], I encourage all the potential new Patriots to ask yourself: “Why Not Mason?” This community can offer you so many things and you get the chance to pick and choose! And for the elder students like myself I ask you this: “What More Can I Do For Mason?”

Thanks for reading and as always, if bored, check out my channel!

Cheers,

Kathleen

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