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Living Life on a Graduate Student Budget!

March 28, 2018

By Vanessa DeShane, Financial Literacy Counselor, Office of Student Financial Aid

I have completed two master’s degrees in my lifetime and fully understand the challenges of budgeting (and surviving) during graduate school.  Each experience was unique and presented itself with challenges particularly related to finances.  My first trip around the block was completing my Master of Studies (MST) in Education.  As any education major knows, it is difficult to balance classes, student teaching, building lesson plans, and life outside of school.  One major challenge is that students in education are often prohibited (or strongly dissuaded) from working full-time, or altogether, while in school.  Unfortunately, for me, I was unable to …

Professionalism for Grad Students: Four Ways to Build Your Career Readiness

March 21, 2018

Raechel Timbers, M.Ed. Associate Director, Student Professional Development, University Career Services

The National Association of Colleges and Employers identified professionalism/work ethic as one of the  8 career readiness skills most valued by employers. Your ability to effectively demonstrate this skill is vital in your transition from an undergraduate to graduate student. So, what does professionalism mean? Below is how NACE defines these ideas.

Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and …

Leveraging Mason’s Resources to Save on Textbooks

March 7, 2018

Andrew J Quillen

Textbooks are expensive. Whether you use Amazon, Chegg, the Mason Bookstore, or another service, class readings can cost a pretty penny—and if you’re like most grad students, this can leave you scrambling to scrape together funds. I’m here to offer some free, legal options to knock a few books and articles off your shopping list for upcoming semesters.

George Mason’s libraries offer a range of options to cut down on your book costs. Beyond traditional library services, you can access books from university libraries across Virginia, the DC metro area, or online. If the library doesn’t have access to your books, there’s always Google Scholar as a …