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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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It’s Time to Begin Your Next Chapter

Posted: August 25, 2014

MattBoyceBy Matt, Interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions

So it begins, the first day of the 2014-2015 Mason school year. Classes resume today for many and kick off a new chapter for our freshman. I recently did the math and realized today is my 23rd first day of school. Unlike the incredible Class of 2018 beginning their 13th year of school, I am entering the third year of a PhD program here at Mason. Whether it is your first day of college classes, or you are old like me, the butterflies remain. You wait to see if the professor really lives up to the RateMyProfessor rating or just as hilarious as your friend told you. You flip through the syllabus hoping to see if break falls during a class day, or you are short one meeting because your professor is away at some conference presenting groundbreaking research. You look around the room sizing up which of your classmates will know all the answers and who will most likely find every excuse in the world to miss class as many times as possible and still manage a passing grade.

 

With all of this evaluation of the classes, we sometimes forget to slow down and realize how much can be learned in this short 15 weeks of class. I cannot help but think about the first two points made by Mason’s President Dr. Cabrera at this past Friday’s New Student Convocation: keep an open mind and pick the brains of your outstanding faculty. My hope as we begin this new school year together is that we keep these words in mind. Every class, every semester at this great university brings new opportunities and a fresh chance to learn from both the fantastic classmates that you may be meeting for the first time and the professors who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of truth and knowledge through research and practice – along with the desire to teach us all, you and me. I encourage you, and am reminding myself, to truly value and make the most of the next 15 weeks. 15 weeks can change your life, can open new doors, forge new connections and relationships, and can change your mind and perspective.

 

It starts today.

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Happy Move-In Day, #Mason2018

Posted: August 21, 2014

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By Kersten, an Admissions Representative

UntitledI can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually really jealous of all of the freshmen that get to move in to their residence halls today.  I remember how stressful it was to lug all of my belongings up those stairs and somehow shove them all under my bed so that they would fit in my room… that I had to share… and did I mention it was small?  But my freshman year in that room was one of the best years I’ve had in my 20+ years of life so far.  Mason has some great opportunities for the Class of 2018 to meet up and have a good time, and my advice is to take advantage of all that Welcome Week has to offer.

 

RoomThis year, George Mason University has planned over 150 different events throughout the upcoming week.  For example, students can participate in the e-Mason Race (basically our version of the TV show The Amazing Race), students can cheer on the men and women’s soccer teams at home games, dance the night away at Mason Mayhem, check out Greek Life at Glance Into Greek, meet more than 300 different student organizations at the Welcome Week Fair, or play in Mason’s annual dodgeball game where each year we try to break a Guinness World Record for the most participants.  If you want to get lots of FREE stuff, make sure you stop by IV Night at North Plaza on Thursday.  Here you can ride carnival rides, play tons of games, win prizes and tshirts, and of course, eat tons of FREE food.  Wrap up the week by wearing green and gold for College Colors Day on Friday!

 

4645Another great way to stay connected is through social media.  I thought that I was addicted to my phone, but after meeting so many of the #Mason2018 students, I KNOW that they can’t bear the thought of their iPhone not being in their hand, fully charged and ready to go.  So, we thought we would make it easy for you.  One way you can celebrate your Mason spirit and also promote what you’re doing on campus is by using the hashtag “#MyMasonMonday”.  Every Monday (for the rest of the year) the Mason community will be sharing what they love most about Mason, whether it’s a new club that they’ve joined, or if they’re having a blast at one of the new dining venues on campus, or if they’re cheering on the Patriots in the Patriot Center or on the soccer field.  Tweet at @MasonAdmissions using the hashtag and Instagram your photos using the hashtag, and you might just be re-posted by one of our social media accounts!  You can also connect with other students, faculty, alumni, and community members by searching the hashtag and engaging in others’ conversations.  We can’t wait to launch #MyMasonMonday on the first day of class, and we hope that you share in our excitement for the Mason Nation.

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