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Understanding Imposter Syndrome and What You Can Do About It

October 29, 2015

By Kelly Pedersen

I had been out of school for eight years, working, teaching and traveling. I returned home from a four year stint in Asia and applied to graduate school some months later. When I received my first acceptance letter, I was incredibly excited. I felt that I was starting a new chapter in my life. But, in the weeks leading up to my first semester, I started to get nervous. By entering my graduate program, I was breaking into a new field where I didn’t have much experience. I felt certain that I would walk into a classroom full of industry professionals who knew much more than I …

Knowing Your Strengths and How to Use Them Effectively

October 22, 2015

By Kate Shaw

If you’re a Mason graduate student, it’s quite possible you’ve heard the words StrengthsFinder uttered around campus from time to time. It’s also possible that you’ve already taken the StrengthsFinder assessment. For those who haven’t, the Gallup StrengthsFinder is a personality assessment, similar to the Myers-Briggs, that helps you identify your top areas of strength. Along with your strengths comes an explanation of each strength and how you might use it in everyday life. The assessment is free to all Mason students as part of the university’s Well-Being Initiative.

I took the StrengthsFinder assessment during my first semester at Mason and was intrigued by the results. Because I …

Making the Most of My Graduate School Experience

October 15, 2015

By Kate Shaw

I began graduate school for the same reason a lot of people do — I was making a career change. In my case, it was from publishing into higher education administration, and I wasn’t sure how well I’d transition back into academic life after being out of school for a few years. For my first semester, I just stopped by campus for class and then left. I was really enjoying my classes, but as the semester went on, I realized that I craved more of a connection to the campus. I sought out opportunities at Mason and eventually applied for and won a position as a graduate assistant for Graduate Student …

Finding an Internship That’s Right for You

October 8, 2015

By Emily Wall, Arts Management

The internship component factored heavily in my choosing George Mason’s Arts Management program for my graduate studies. However, for someone, like me, who has been out in the workforce for a few years before deciding to go back to school for a master’s degree, finding the right internship can be a challenge. According to a 2015 study by Boston based Burning Glass Technologies, “For many college-educated Americans, an internship is the first step on the career ladder,” and “most internships are still aimed at undergraduates.” As many internships now serve as organizations’ entry level positions, those with work experience may be challenged to discover internships …