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Research, Richmond, Spring Break, and more!

Posted: February 29, 2012

by Hayley, a Patriot Blogger

Hi readers! I hope all has been well since I last wrote :)

This past week was rush week for my band service fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. We had a ton of great members of the Green Machine come out to events last week, and we accepted eight new membership candidates! Over the next two months, I will be educating them as they go through the process of becoming official brothers of the fraternity. I can’t wait to work with them and guide them along this pathway!

Today is a super exciting day, as I am finally (FINALLY) distributing the survey for my honors research project! The data should be rolling in pretty steadily over the next couple of weeks, and then I get to do more exciting things like compile it and analyze it. This is really the first major step in my research, and I am so excited! It’s not often that you get to conduct your own independent research as an undergraduate, so I feel really lucky to be part of the Honors in Communication program.

Spring break is coming up in less than two weeks, but before that, something else really exciting is happening–the Green Machine is traveling to Richmond! More accurately, the men’s basketball team is traveling to Richmond for the CAA tournament, and we are accompanying them on their travels. It’s always an incredibly fun weekend, filled with meeting new friends from other bands, bowling, Chinese food, WaWa trips, sketchy hair dryers at the Quality Inn, and most importantly, postseason basketball! March is one of my favorite times of year, mostly because I love college basketball. This will be my fourth (and sadly, last) trip to Richmond with the band, and I have loved every one of these trips :)

For any of you seniors out there, I hope the college decision-making process is going well for you! We at The Patriot Life are always happy to answer questions from prospective students, so let us know if there’s something you want to know more about!

Until next time….GO MASON!


Exams, Christmas, New Year’s, and San Diego!

Posted: January 3, 2012

by Hayley, a Patriot Blogger

Happy New Year from the West Coast! :)

Since I haven’t written in a while, let me update all of you on the past month’s happenings. December is always a hectic month, and this year was no exception. On Saturday, December 1, the Colony of Sigma Alpha Iota at George Mason University was chartered and officially became the Mu Epsilon Chapter! SAI is a women’s music fraternity that gathers together women who have an interest in music and want to contribute to the growth and development of music both in their local communities and throughout the world. I am so excited to have 21 new sisters!

The sisters of Mu Epsilon!

The week after that, my final research proposal was due for my Communication Honors course. My professor had given me a ton of helpful feedback on my proposal draft, so I felt prepared to edit and turn in my final copy. I received an A on the paper (and in the course), which means that next semester, I will get to conduct my research project! Hooray! I am excited for the opportunity to work closely with the Communication faculty and have the help of the resources from Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication. It’s going to be an exciting project :)

I finished up with exam week, which was stressful (as always) but not as stressful as other years. I only had one in-class exam; the rest were either take-home projects or papers. On Monday the 19th, I turned in my last take-home exam and was officially “free!” The semester was finished! I received all of my final grades on Wednesday and ended the semester with a 4.0. I’m really happy that all my hard work this semester paid off :)

My boyfriend had already arrived to spend the holidays with me, and on Wednesday the 21st, we traveled back to Ohio to spend Christmas with my parents and my older sister, who lives not too far away from Mason. It was a week full of relaxing, watching movies, baking (and eating) cookies, and, of course, opening and enjoying presents. It was the first Christmas my boyfriend has spent with my family, and I think he was a little overwhelmed; we usually spend the entire morning opening presents!

After Christmas, we spent approximately 36 hours back at Mason/in D.C. before jetting off to sunny San Diego, where we are now. We spent the afternoon of New Year’s Eve at Sea World, enjoying their Christmas Celebration (even though it was after Christmas). I found a Shamu Santa!


We stayed at home for New Year’s Eve festivities and made a bunch of snacks and watched movies. Sunday was spent relaxing, and yesterday was super productive, kicking off new workout routines for both of us and running some errands.

Since he’s a schoolteacher (middle school band and orchestra), he’s back at work today, and I’m enjoying the day (and the comfy bed) to myself. I hope all of you either have had or are still enjoying a fantastic winter break!

A Green Machine State of Mind

Posted: November 16, 2011

by Hayley, a Patriot Blogger

Hello, readers! :) I hope all has been well since I last wrote!

We’re into the home stretch of the semester; next week is Thanksgiving Break, and a few weeks after that, finals will be over and it’ll be time to go home for Winter Break. It’s crazy that my last fall semester of undergrad will be over soon.

The past few days have been packed full of Green Machine gigs. Last Friday was the doubleheader home opener, with the women playing American University and the men playing Rhode Island. The women lost (though it was a very close game) and the men won in overtime, 92-90. It was an intense finish!

On Saturday, the band packed up and headed over to the RAC (Recreational Athletic Complex) for the women’s volleyball game. It was senior night, and one of the senior’s moms had requested that we play at the game. We had a ton of fun! It was great to play in a new atmosphere and for new fans.

Sunday brought with it another women’s game, this time against Oakland. We won, 59-48. Hooray!

Monday morning rolled around, and the Green Machine boarded a bus and headed to Blacksburg, Virginia, home of the Virginia Tech Hokies. We played in the NIT Preseason Tournament over the past two days, losing first to Florida International University (which was a surprise and a real bummer) and winning tonight against Monmouth. Despite Monday night’s loss, the Green Machine never lost its energy and its enthusiasm for the team. We are some of the basketball team’s biggest supporters and fans, no matter what. :)

This post is coming to you all at 4:00am, as we just returned from Blacksburg about an hour or so ago. I finished up the tiniest bit of homework I had left, and now I’m off to sleep for a few hours before my 9:00 class. It’s been a crazy few days, but I wouldn’t trade a minute of it for anything in the world. I love my Green Machine family and Mason Basketball!