by Adam, a Patriot Blogger
Hello Mason community (yes, that includes you prospective Masonites!),
If you haven’t already visited my snazzy new bio page (you’re forgiven), let me introduce myself briefly.
My name is Adam. I am a senior undergrad here at George Mason University, just outside the beltway from D.C., in Fairfax, VA.
Alright, hold up. Before I go any further I have to let you in on a newly discovered secret. Whenever you come to Mason next, you HAVE to go to the Mason Inn, the on-campus hotel, and get a burger on Monday night. It’s the best half price burger you’ll eat. It’s called the Mason burger. The only one on the menu. It’s thick, its juicy, you’ll love it. No joke. And when you’re of age, the bar is pretty great as well! I was there watching the Redskins Vs. Cowboys game tonight with some friends.
Mason Inn folks, scribble it on a piece of paper, burn it into your memory, do whatever you have to do.
Okay then, moving on.
As I started to say, I’ve been chosen along with a few others to share my perspective as a current student here at Mason. I’m hopeful that you’ll be able to relate to my experiences and they might help you in some way make this important decision in your life. No pressure.
I’d like to make you a few sincere promises from the get-go.
- I promise to be genuine. You might have been on campus tours — which are great, but I’m not here to “sell you” on Mason. Instead I want to offer you real perspective and relate real experiences that can give you a better idea of what the university is all about.
- I promise to try and keep things interesting. This is about you, not me, which is something I’ll remind myself when my blog posts meant to inform prospective students turn into needless rants or self-serving soliloquies. None of that. I will be looking to incorporate plenty of photo and video in future posts as well.
- You can ask me questions. Post a comment on any of my entries and I’ll do my best to respond to it either with a comment of my own, or a subsequent blog entry. Make em tough!
There, now that we’re acquainted…
As I mentioned, I’m a senior. In May, I’ll be graduating with a BA English degree in Nonfiction Writing. The plan from there is to find work as a journalist, get married, have kids, and live happily ever after. I can honestly say, I think Mason has put me in a good position to accomplish each of those things.
This year I have been working with Connect2Mason.com, our student media news website. In my position as managing editor, I have been able to gain experience creating, editing, and posting content to our site. I began working with C2M last fall and it’s been a lot of fun.
What’s better than getting paid to do what you like, right?
When I’m not working with C2M, there is that whole “classes” thing. You know, that part of college that seems to get in the way of all the fun things you’d like do with your time?
Actually, I can’t complain. For the most part, I really do enjoy my classes.
This semester I’m taking a Post-Print fiction class (really interesting, probably a topic for another blog post), Shakespeare’s Tragedies and Comedies, British Literature, and Geology.
Because I’ve accumulated a lot of credits already, I’m only taking 13 credits this semester. Most freshman and underclassmen will take between 15-18 credits per semester. Don’t worry, you’ll be a senior some day 🙂
Out of the above-mentioned courses, Geology is the only one I really don’t like. I’m just not a math-science person. Give me a book that will expand my mind and then let’s talk about it. All this science, observation, numbers business just isn’t my thing.
Favorite takeaway from that class so far has been when my lab instructor said,
“Geologists like to go streaking, look at cleavage, and drop acid.”
If you don’t know already, streaking, cleavage and acid are all purely scientific references to the study of rocks and minerals. Get your mind out of the gutter…
Well, you know a bit about me…where i work, what classes I’m taking, my future plans. We’re basically best friends now! I’m looking forward to sharing more and hopefully hearing from you this semester!