Posted: August 21, 2014
By Kersten, an Admissions Representative
I 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.
This 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!
Another 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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Posted: August 20, 2014
For those of us who work at Mason, it is no surprise that we have some of the best faculty in the nation. If you’re considering George Mason University, you should think about taking a class with one of our award winning faculty members. Not only are our faculty members award winning teachers and researchers, but they are also making an impact in local and even global communities. Being a part of the Mason Nation means that your experience can truly impact those around you.
Just recently a number of our professors have been recognized for their outstanding work. R. Kevin Mallinson, an expert in the field of HIV and AIDS treatment, is a Mason professor that is building global relationships and encouraging current Mason graduate students to study in Africa. Just recently, a graduate student from Mason’s Department of Global and Community Health traveled to Swaziland to work in local hospitals. In the future, many Mason Nursing students as well as other Community Health students will be able to work in the hospitals that Mallinson has established relationships with.
George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts is home to outstanding faculty. This month, Peter Winant, the director of the School of Art, and Tom Ashcraft, the lead professor of the school’s sculpture program, created “Early Bird”, a 3-D art installation in the brand new Plaza at Tysons Corner Center. This installation will be seen by thousands of commuters at the brand new Metro Silver Line station in Tysons Corner. The real estate investment trust that owns Tysons Corner Center specifically approached these Mason faculty to create a public artwork in the new area. Throughout the creation process, Winant and Ashcraft consulted with undergraduate assistants to complete the project. Mason students have life changing, hands-on experiences because of the professors they study under. It’s humbling that George Mason University will now forever be a small part of the Metro Silver Line.
If you’re interested in pursuing History, you should take advantage of the opportunity to study under Marion Deshmukh. Deshmukh is the co-curator of “Postcards from the Trenches: Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War”, an exhibition at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington, D.C. This exhibition features original postcards from a WWI soldier who painted varied scenes of military life instead of writing extensive notes back home, and the postcards are unique and important because they weren’t censored like written postcards would be. Through painting and drawing, soldiers could describe what was happening in the war zones to their families back home. Learning from professors with first-hand experience in the curating world is something that most students don’t have the chance to experience, but here at Mason, you will find that you have many professional connections in important places.
Cing-Dao Kan, the director of Mason’s new Center for Collision Safety and Analysis, and other Mason students have been working hard to improve transportation safety. In May 2014 the center was awarded an $8.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation. At the center, students are able to simulate car crashes with walls, guardrails, and trees. The Center for Collision Safety and Analysis is a great place to learn more about engineering, computer science, statistics, and physics!
Whether you’re interested in public health, nursing, art, history, engineering, or any of the other majors that Mason offers, you will be supported by an outstanding team of faculty and staff that put their students first and often include students in their award-winning work. For more faculty and staff news, check out the George Mason University News Desk website.
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Posted: August 19, 2014, Last Updated: August 18, 2014
By Sarah, a Patriot Blogger
Hey guys, Sarah here! I recently wrote a guest article called “What to Expect at Mason Orientation” and I’m pleased to say that I’ve now become an official Patriot Blogger. Fun times.
So, let’s talk about jobs. There’s no way around it – college is expensive. Many students try to work part-time in school to offset some of the expenses, and I’m one of the lucky ones who managed to snag a great on-campus job. Several people have asked me about how I got an on-campus job, and it’s true that it is a bit competitive. But it’s not super difficult, as long as you’re determined and know a few tricks to up your chances.
So I feel like this one is pretty straightforward, but I end up editing a lot of friends’ resumes to make them more streamlined. The goal is to have all of your work experience listed in the most concise, compact format possible (ideally, your resume would be one page). Mason offers all sorts of student jobs, but desk jobs are the most common (Mason has a million offices). It’s a good idea tailor your resume to showcase any sort of administrative or secretary experience.
There are two main sites that most Mason students use. HireMason (https://gmu-csm.symplicity.com/) is the primary site that students are referred to while job hunting. After you create your profile, HireMason will send you email updates matching you up with jobs and internships you qualify for. You can search for both on and off campus jobs and narrow down your search in several other ways. You can also upload different resumes and cover letters and choose which ones you would like to send to each application. Another site I used while job hunting is Jobs at GMU (https://jobs.gmu.edu/). This site was a little more user friendly in my opinion, and also gave me the option of uploading multiple resumes tailored individually toward the different jobs I applied for. Check both of them out and get your resumes out there!
Visiting in person is always a good idea. Many of the Mason offices I visited while job hunting thanked me but referred me to apply online (a pretty standard response). But occasionally, you show up on that one lucky day when there happens to be an opening and they interview you on the spot because they don’t necessarily want to sift through hundreds of online applications. So, in my opinion, it’s worth the time to try to apply in person.
This is another obvious one. Try to connect with professors and other faculty members and tell your friends that you’re looking for work. Your friends will tip you off if there are openings at their jobs, and your professors are often more than happy to write recommendations for you.
It can be hard to find time to hunt for jobs during all the craziness that comes along with classes, homework, and the rest of college life, so the sooner you start, the better! If you’re an incoming freshman for the fall, I recommend writing up your resumes and creating your HireMason profile this summer. And don’t be discouraged if you don’t have any luck initially. It’s true that the most popular time to hire student workers is at the beginning of each semester, but openings still appear throughout the year. Just keeping inquiring around and you’re bound to stumble upon something!
Special note for freshmen:
You’re in luck. Mason offices LOVE to hire freshmen. Here’s why: the training process can be pretty long for some of these jobs, and a lot of employers don’t want to keep training new people. So it makes sense that a first-year student would be an appealing employee – in most cases, they’ll be here for four years. This isn’t to say that upperclassmen don’t get on-campus jobs. This is just reassurance to freshmen that even if you don’t have a whole lot of job experience, there are plenty of other reasons for you to be considered for hiring, and your newness is one of them.
I work as part of the Welcome Team in the Office of Admissions and I can’t tell you how great it is to have an on-campus job here at Mason. Not only do I have a reliable source of income throughout the school year (and summer), but I’ve become much more confident and knowledgeable since I communicate directly with applicants and visitors. Many of the people who visit our office are high school students, incoming freshmen, and international students. My job can sometimes be confusing, but it’s also the most rewarding feeling in the world when students come for a tour and info session, ask about my personal experience as a Patriot, and then come back months later to say hi and that they’ve been accepted.
Moments like that make it totally worth it to have a job alongside homework and the rest of college life. But enough about me. Go get that Mason job.
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