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Get Involved in the Graduate Student Community with GAPSA

March 25, 2016

By Kate Shaw

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) is George Mason University’s primary association for graduate student advocacy and for students to come together as part of a graduate community. The central purpose of GAPSA is to create a forum through which graduate students can address issues that affect the graduate student population at the university.

In partnerships with other university units or student groups, GAPSA often takes part in a number of events, including Welcome Week activities such as Gradstravaganza, happy hours near each of the campuses, Mason Lobbies, educational workshops, and other events that allow graduate students to socialize with one another. All graduate and …

Graduate Student on a Budget: Low- or No-Cost Activities for Mason Students this Spring

March 18, 2016

By Kelly Pedersen

Graduate students often joke about their lack of funds for leisure activities. Although many students work outside of class time or live on stipends, budgeting while getting an education can be difficult. If finding money for fun means resorting to ramen for dinner, check out the free or low-cost activities for Mason graduate students to participate in this spring.

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Participate in an Outdoor Adventure

Mason Recreation provides programming and support for outdoor enthusiasts and those interested in learning more about outdoor recreation through the new Center for Outdoor Experiential Education located at Skyline Fitness Center on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. Learn skills related to rock …

Looking to Beat that Writer’s Block?

March 4, 2016

By Kate Shaw

Ask almost any graduate student, and they’ll tell you that writing is one of the most important aspects of their graduate studies. For some, it may also be the most challenging aspect of their studies. It can become difficult for many of us to defeat the twin demons of procrastination and writer’s block, and often writing at home or somewhere on campus may lead to loads of distractions.  So, what is a graduate student to do? That’s where write-ins come in. A write-in allows students to bring their projects, papers, laptops, and/or writing goals to a typically quiet space that allows for total concentration in a …