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It’s the end of the year as we know it, and we feel fine …

Graduate Student Life staff members wearing Grad Life t-shirts and masks May 12, 2021

By Nikita Thadani and Austin A. Deray

Wow, y’all, it’s the end of the year (as we know it … did anyone else get an R.E.M. vibe there). 

We have now completed three virtual or partially virtual terms, and we think we should all conGRADulate (stealing from our old blog editor Sophie Gorshenin) each other for a job well done. We’ve had some new amazing content come out this year on the Mason Grad Insider, our personal favorites being “Biking through the DMV and These COVID-19 Times“ and “5 Reasons You Should Get a Plant (or Several),” and have had 6 amazing guest writers: Dr. Shannon Davis, Lewis Forrest, Victoria …

Resilience at Mason

April 14, 2017

By Lewis Forrest, II, Associate Dean for University Life

Spring is here and the semester is entering its busy season before exams and graduation. How are you holding up? Are you able to attend to your well-being and stay focused during this important time? Are you more resilient than you realize?

In my blog post last year, I challenged you to be mindful of your well-being during graduate school, given the complex lives and multiple responsibilities graduate students balance. This time, I’d like to focus specifically on resilience.  Whether you have things under control or not, we all should find time to reflect on our resilience. At Mason, we define …

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 …