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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 …

5 Reasons You Should Get a Plant (or Several)

Image of a jade plant, panda plant, and 3 other succulents in pots May 5, 2021

By Nikita Thadani

Something you may not know about me is that I’m what my friends would call a “crazy plant lady.” My interest in plants began in high school when I got my first cactus as a birthday present from a friend, and although that cactus eventually died, my collection of ‘plant babies’ continued to grow. While I started my collection small with just a couple of plants, I now have 16 plants that I love! These include a variety of different kinds of plants, including an air plant, a terrarium, cacti, succulents, a peace lily, an orchid, and more. It’s fun to challenge myself with a new plant …

What Should You Order from Starbucks (and Other Coffee Shop Suggestions)

Image of a latte with a heart shaped latte art, in the background is another coffee cup with a crunchy waffle snack on top. April 8, 2021

by Nikita Thadani

 

As you all may or may not know, in addition to my role here in Graduate Student Life, I am also a barista of almost five years! I started working at a coffee shop during my freshman year of undergrad and worked there for three years, and have since been working at Starbucks for the past couple years. When I’m starting a study session or settling into an evening class, there’s nothing I love more than doing it with a fresh cup of coffee or tea. Although my time at Starbucks is coming to an end as I will be starting my counseling practicum soon, I’d …

Meal Prepping: An Aspirational Blog Post

December 2, 2020

Hey Mason Grads,

Nikita here. Today I’m going to write a little bit about meal prepping, and let me be very clear with you: this is an aspirational blog post. I am mildly terrible at remembering to meal prep. The hopes are that in writing and publishing this blog post, I’ll hold myself a little more accountable for doing it!

Meal prep is essential for us working adults (as many of us graduate students are), both to bring to our jobs and to those evening classes. Meal prep is great for many reasons–when you meal prep, you’ll be eating more nutritious food, healthier portions, and saving a lot more money …

Biking through the DMV and These COVID-19 Times

November 11, 2020

Hey y’all, I don’t know about everyone else, but I am finding this pandemic/COVID-19 moment we are currently living to be both neverending, but also stifling. When I was home, where I fled to for summer break, I was on an island and had a beach to walk and rivers to kayak; but alas, since being back in the DMV, I’ve found myself spending more and more time indoors. It is now fall and I still enjoy getting outdoors and the perk of the DMV is that you get to enjoy the fall leaves, a thing I never got in GA.  Don’t get me wrong, on the plus side, it …

Mason Grads – Get Festive with DMV Spring Festivals!

February 20, 2019

By Arsadur Rahman

With spring midterm season upon us, you may need a variation in your daily mundane class-library-home routine. Perhaps you need something to re-energize you to write that thesis paper or to code script to create a new application. Spring festivals offer a delightful escape from the day-to-day.

Festivals are one- or multi-day events where attendees can explore different topics and themes and engage with diverse populations. You and your friends can come together to celebrate, dance, learn, and laugh as you create lasting memories.

Now let’s take a look at some of my top picks in the region, beginning at our very own George Mason campus.

As a …

Featured Day Trip: Baltimore, Maryland

April 25, 2018

Andrew J Quillen

In the midst of balancing work, school, and family life, sometimes you just need a change of scenery. Luckily, we have a plethora of escape options from Northern Virginia and DC. The last day trip I covered was Charlottesville, Virginia; this week I’ll introduce you to Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore’s vibrant culture hosts a multitude of incredible restaurants and remarkable attractions—at only an hour and change away, it’s worth the trip.

Baltimore, founded in 1729, is the most populous city in Maryland, and one of the largest ports in the Mid-Atlantic. Having seen the American Revolution and development of the Union, Baltimore offers visitors a rich dive …