Posted: May 27, 2014
What time is it?
*cue synchronized High School Musical 2 dance number*
Okay, maybe not an entire dance number, but after an incredibly long (but exciting) semester, I’m definitely looking forward to binge watching Netflix, hitting up Virginia Beach almost every day, and conducting research (wait, what?). Is it weird that I’m excited to continue to do research over the summer? But more on that later.
This semester has probably been one of the busiest, but as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I do like to be kept busy, and there’s been no shortage of that!
I got the chance to participate in a lot of different opportunities this past school year (spring semester, especially). I started working as a peer tutor at the Writing Center, which ended up being an amazing experience, and I got to meet some pretty incredible tutors who are really great at what they do. I’m definitely looking forward to continue working there in the fall. I also got to work with some pretty incredible international students (in case you haven’t noticed “pretty incredible” is my cliché phrase of the day). I learned so much about different cultures and I got to assist people with their research, which ended up teaching me a lot about research in the process.
But perhaps the most time-consuming thing this semester has been working on my undergraduate research funded by URSP through the OSCAR program. It’s also been incredibly rewarding. My mentor, Dr. Berger, and I conducted historical research on the student anti-apartheid movement on Mason’s campus from 1984-1990. Going into it, I wasn’t sure of what to expect or what I would find, but we ended up with a really cool project and produced some really extensive results, so I’m excited that we received funding to continue our project in the fall to really get a full picture of the movement. As much as I complained about research this past semester, I truly enjoy conducting research.
I’ve also gotten the chance to meet some really incredible people this semester, so it’s a pretty bittersweet feeling to be leaving. But at the same time…SUMMER.
As busy as I was this semester with classes and extracurricular activities, I made sure to carve out time to relax and explore D.C. and create friendships that I hope will last a long time. I’ve already been super sappy when it came to saying goodbye to my friends for the summer, especially those who are graduating (*cue sappiness here*).
I’ve made so many great memories here, in both an academic/extra-curricular and social context. I’ve gotten lost around D.C. and finally toured the White House, spoken at various Mason events about my research, finally used that student discount at late night trips to IHOP, assisted many students with both their research and writer as a peer learning partner and peer tutor, respectively, window-shopped at Fair Oaks Mall numerous times, interned at USA TODAY in the fall, and possibly gave up a significant amount of sleep in the process. But I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.
When people say that college will be some of the best years of my life, usually, I laugh and respond with something sarcastic. But when I sit back and think about this past semester…no, this past school year, it’s moments like this when I can see why people say that.
I’m definitely looking forward to my next two years here. But for now…summer classes, research and planning for future research, practicing my Brazilian Portuguese before I begin taking the class in the fall (I’d like to at least have a basis in it before the class begins), annnddd making even more great memories. Oh right, and the beach. Definitely the beach.
What time is it?
Wait for it… SUMMERTIME.
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Posted: May 1, 2014
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Posted: April 30, 2014
Whenever I saw college brochures during my application process years ago, I always wondered, “Is that real?” I would see a diverse group of students smiling on the front cover, groups at a dining hall laughing, students intent in a science laboratory, etc, etc.
So when Mason advertises the close proximity to D.C., I ask all the potential students: Do you wonder if students actually go to D.C?
Because we sure do.
I’m actually personally friends with several peers who intern in D.C. part-time during the semester, not to mention my own internships in D.C. in the summer.
But what about for fun?
The number of spontaneous adventures into the city keeps growing as I get older. There’s just something awesome about having your best friends with you in such a cultural city that you want to keep building on. Whether we go at night to see the monuments when no tourists are around, whether we go for different festivals or walks for fundraising on capitol hill, or we decide to make a music video to Katy Perry’s “Walking On Air,” I can assure everyone reading this that the people I know do go into the city.
What’s so special about D.C.? Yes, the historical vibe is unparalleled, but for college students, how is it special?
Take last Sunday for instance.
My friends and I found this super cool Mexican restaurant “Lauriol Plaza” with great prices, outdoor seating and space heaters. “Why not?” we said, and adventured over to DuPont Circle. After our meal we simply perused the entire city, walking through Adams Morgan, stopping by the National Zoo [yay no costs!], playing Frisbee on the national mall, dancing our way to the Lincoln Memorial, relaxing by the pools of the World War II memorial, and eventually returning after the Jefferson memorial.
A whole day of adventuring where we consciously decided NOT to stress about the ending semester work. A whole day of adventuring with no specific agenda but instantly made awesome because of our surroundings.
> Also, you should totally check out the video because the lip syncing is phenomenal and our backstreet boys dance style made us many new friends. <
So the moral of this blog, Disney-style where I not-so-subtly explain it to you, is just this: George Mason University is super accessible to the nation’s capital and just as it says in the brochure, we use it to our every advantage.
Get cultural, get inspired, get adventures, get yourself to George Mason.
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