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Featured Day Trip: Charlottesville, Virginia

November 15, 2017

Andrew J Quillen 11/15/2017

There’s nothing better than getting out of the house and making new memories; one of the best ways to do this is by taking a daytrip. George Mason is perfectly located for a number of fantastic daytrips: Harper’s Ferry, WV, Annapolis, MD, and Charlottlesville, VA, just to name a few. For this post I will focus my attention on Charlottesville. With its vibrant, friendly feel and close proximity (two hours via car, bus, or Amtrak), Charlottesville, Virginia is a perfect day (or weekend) trip.

I’m from the Charlottesville area, so I know and love its incredible restaurants, breweries, tours, and sights. While C-Ville’s to-do list is …

What to Look for in a Mentor

November 1, 2017

November 1, 2017 By: Austin A. Deray

Last year, I called the library one of the keys to graduate student success. I’d like to change the metaphor to be one of the feathers in a graduate student’s bowler or bob hat. We began our bowler’s feather collection with the green feather of libraries; now let’s add the gold feather of effective mentoring. One of the most important relationships to cultivate in graduate school is your mentor.

Three quick notions to dispel from the get-go: 1) a mentor and an adviser are two different things; 2) your mentor does not have to be found in the realm of academic; and 3) …