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Academic Tips during the Winter Break

November 18, 2016

By Katrina Dunlap

Deadlines for papers loom and final exams are approaching for us all. We’ve marked our calendars for the last day of the fall semester and are looking forward to the winter break—approximately five weeks until the spring semester begins. While it is enticing to stay warm under the covers and binge watch your favorite season of the Walking Dead or Scandal, consider how to use this time that would yield the greatest benefit to you academically. If you are not sure of what to do during this timeframe, consider the following ideas that can keep you engaged with your academic goals and will help you remain mentally …

To Brunch, or Not to Brunch… That Should Be the Question

November 11, 2016

Happy Wednesday, Mason grad and professional students. I know that our blog posts this year have been a bit information-heavy as we sought to provide resources for your success. So, I’ve decided to take this opportunity to turn a recent conversation about weekend brunches into this week’s blog. In a recent conversation about the notion of brunching, I discovered, while the popularity is known for the DMV locals, it’s not understood why it is such a social and cultural practice in the region. For most, brunch can be a practice and a pleasure on a given Saturday or Sunday; however, the DC metro area seems to take their brunch standards …

Student Loan Debt Reduction Strategies

November 4, 2016

“The only man who sticks closer to you in adversity than a friend is a creditor.” – Unknown

“Creditors have better memories than debtors.” – Benjamin Franklin

If you are a college graduate or currently a matriculating graduate student, chances are you have student loans. While student loans have made it possible for students to pursue their academic desires, many graduates have been consumed and burdened by these financial mechanisms. It has been widely noted that approximately 43 million Americans are burdened with nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, which compared to last year, is a six percent increase.[i][ii][iii]  Many economists are predicting that student loan debt will …