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Practicing Self-Care (Even When It’s Hard)

September 30, 2020

Hey y’all,

So self-care has become a bit of a buzzword recently. But what does self-care actually mean? What does self-care look like for you?

According to Psych Central¹, “Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.”

Self-care isn’t the same as just treating yourself, as a lot of people in the media may promote. Self-care isn’t always doing what’s easy or being indulgent. For me, practicing self-care means instead of lying in bed and scrolling through Twitter (easy), getting up and going on a run (sometimes hard). It means packing a healthy lunch for the next day …

Resilience at Mason in 2020: Take Care of Yourself

September 16, 2020

By Lewis Forrest II, Associate Dean within University Life 

In 2017, I wrote a blog for Graduate Student Life on Resilience at Mason. It seems so long ago, and the world was a very different place. This year has been a rollercoaster, and we all have everyday challenges that come with being graduate students. 2020 on the other hand, has brought us all stressors that we could not have imagined.  

While life brings many challenges, I’d like to specifically acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic and the struggle for racial justice via the Black Lives Matter Movement. While COVID-19, has changed the way we operate on a day-to-day basis, it has also challenged our resilience. This pandemic has …

Welcome to the Mason Grad Insider Blog!

September 2, 2020

By Nikita Thadani and Austin A. Deray

We would like to welcome all new and continuing graduate and professional students to the 2020-2021 year! We know classes and campus operations may not be how you had imagined this semester, but we are confident that we will all make an amazing experience out of it nonetheless. The Mason Grad Insider blog is sponsored by Graduate Student Life and will feature great content, with contributions from colleagues in departments across campus. This blog was created to give graduate students a voice and be a guide and resource during their graduate career at Mason. Mason grad students can expect to find a wide …

Overcoming Procrastination

November 13, 2019

By Yasamin Rahmani

The Webster’s Dictionary definition of procrastination is “to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done.” Although the definition is quite broad, it does hit close to home. Whether this intention of putting off is at work, school, or our personal life, it is no stranger to us – at least not to me.

Procrastinating can also be looked at as a habitual stress relief that can be done inadvertently, hindering one’s success. It is no surprise that having the habit of procrastination affects productivity and the ability to plan ahead to achieve short-term and long-term goals.

The reason I chose to write this …

Breathe In, Breathe Out: Surviving Finals and Planning for the Summer

May 2, 2019

The spring semester is coming to a close, which means that summer break is almost here. We are sure that you are as excited as we are to take a break from the everyday routine of classes and assignments. While often not as demanding, the summer is an opportunity for many of us to move forward in our graduate education by taking extra classes, gaining practical or professional experience in our field, spending time writing our thesis or dissertation, and/or advancing our research skills. For the last post of the year, we want to share with you some techniques for de-stressing as the final exam period approaches and tips for …

Mason Grad Recommended List of Stress Reliever Activities

December 5, 2018

By Sophie Gorshenin

Grab your scantrons, don’t forget to stock up on blue books, and make sure your laptop is fully charged because finals week is right around the corner! We can all see the light at the end of the tunnel as we finish reading our last chapters, complete our final presentations, and type those last sentences for our final papers. Even though we are close to finishing out the semester strong, our time is starting to become extremely limited as we juggle school and life, and finalize all of our plans for winter break. As we balance everything going on in our lives it is hard not to …

Top Five Tips to Help You Become an Organized GMU Grad

October 31, 2018

By Sophie Gorshenin

As graduate students we have a lot going on. The majority of graduate students work part or full time. On top of work we have families, social obligations, study groups, readings, papers, and exams. It is a lot to keep track of, and sometimes it just really feels like there is simply not enough time in the day to conquer it all.

It is incredibly important to learn how to organize all of your responsibilities in order to achieve a healthy work-life-grad school balance. One of the greatest things you can do for yourself is get organized! Here are our top five suggestions for organizational skills …

We Cannot Stress Enough How Important It Is to De-Stress!

October 3, 2018

By Sophie Gorshenin

Pumpkin spice is back in season, fall festivals across NOVA are in full swing, and it’s almost cool enough for sweater weather. Fall is a beautiful season and is one to be celebrated as the leaves begin to change, and yet, as I sit here sipping my coffee with extra pumpkin spiced whipped cream, I can’t help but think about all the looming and upcoming deadlines for all of my papers and exams. For most people who aren’t students, fall is the best time of the year. However, for us mortal graduate students it’s often the most stressful times of the year and is better known to …

What Can Career Services Offer You?

September 19, 2018

By Sydney Glass

With the stress of completing assignments and looming deadlines, it is easy to overlook or push career-related activities to the side or wait until you graduate. Doing so often leads to a demanding environment as many grad students underestimate the amount of time and effort that goes into finding work after earning their degrees. Or you are on the opposite end of this spectrum and have started the job search early, but have gotten stuck on the next step you should take. Without the proper guidance, you can find yourself in an endless cycle, wasting your valuable time.

Here is where a visit to University Career …

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 …