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Finding Your Community through the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA)

October 16, 2019

By Sofiyat Aderonke Ibrahim

For many of you reading this, you identify with one of the following: You are a current or former Mason graduate or professional student, you are interested in connecting and building relationships with the people around you, and/or you are committed to getting the best out of your time here at George Mason University. If any of these statements is true, then you should definitely continue reading this post because this information would help make your experience at Mason as a graduate or professional student even better.

To begin, I would like to introduce myself and tell you why becoming a graduate student at George Mason …

Study Groups: The Thing to Do in Graduate School

October 9, 2019

By Austin Deray

Since coming to Mason, I have been asked the same question repeatedly from other graduate students coming to our offices’ events: “What should I do as a graduate student?” I must confess it always takes me by surprise, and then I find myself propelled back in time to 2013 when I was working on my master’s. I remember being given two pieces of advice by my professor and mentor at the time, Dr. Jane Rago, both of which were ironically enough supported by research that she had no idea existed: lean on your cohort and connect with a study group. I have written about the importance of …

Three Reasons Why You Should Be Using LinkedIn

October 2, 2019

By Sydney Glass

I think that it is safe to say that regardless of what stage of our program we are in, as grad students, we are always looking for ways to enhance our professional and career development. What if I told you that creating a LinkedIn profile is a simple way to do this, and you can do it at any time or place that is convenient for you; all you need is a computer (with internet access, of course). While I am sure that many of you are familiar with this platform, this post is for those of you that have recently heard of it, are first-time …