Building Community for Graduate Students of Diverse Identities

Oct 21 - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

, Fairfax Campus

Merten 1201 & 1202

Graduate Student Life, with the Office of the Provost: Graduate Education, Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment, LGBTQ+ Resources, Office of International Programs and Services, and Disability Services, invites graduate students of diverse identities (including graduate students of color, graduate students who identify as LGBTQ+, and first-generation graduate students) to a welcome and networking picnic to celebrate the halfway point of the 1st semester of the academic year. Faculty and staff of diverse identities and other interested Mason community members who are interested in fostering inclusion and graduate student success on campus are also invited! Refreshments and hot hors d’oeuvres will be provided. For more information, please contact Graduate Student Life at Register here.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Motivation and Goal-Setting

Oct 22 - 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM

, All Campuses

Having trouble motivating yourself to complete your work? Feel like you have hit a wall in your program? This session will help you explore your values, discuss strategies for motivating yourself, and assist you in developing goals to enter the next phase of your graduate career.

Registration for the Motivation and Goal-Setting workshop is available here.

GRADReCon: Graduate Student Research Connections

Oct 28 - 12:00 PM to Oct 29 - 4:30 PM

, All Campuses

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at GRADReCon! Graduate Student Life and University Libraries have partnered with other offices to provide two afternoons of workshops on topics essential to your success in grad school. For full details including the schedule, visit

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Project Planning: Getting Your Research, Thesis, or Dissertation Done (a part of GRADReCon: Graduate Research Connections)

Oct 28 - 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM

, All Campuses

This session will provide you with strategies for managing large projects such as research projects, community service events, and dissertations. Learn how to define the scope of your project, identify resources, create a timeline, and keep everything organized.

Registration for the Project Planning: Getting Your Research, Thesis, or Dissertation Done workshop is available here.

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome as a Grad Student

Nov 01 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

, All Campuses

Imposter syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success – a feeling that many graduate students can relate to at some point during their graduate career. Join Graduate Student Life and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in this workshop on how to deal with imposter syndrome as a grad student. Register here.

14-Day Writing Challenge

Nov 06 - 12:00 AM to Nov 19 - 11:59 PM

, All Campuses

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Fall 2021: Nov 6-19 2021; Register by Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 11:59pm
Online Event

Would you like to make headway on your end-of-semester papers and assignments? Are you trying to make progress on your thesis or dissertation or other writing project? If so, plan now to participate in Graduate Student Life’s Spring 2021 14-Day Writing Challenge! You would commit to writing 30 minutes each day. You will also be asked to check in daily to a Slack workspace designated for this challenge to provide ongoing support, accountability, and community. Graduate Student Life staff will also be available to provide connection to resources for well-being, writing, and productivity. To participate, please complete and submit the registration by Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 11:59pm. Registered students will receive instructions for participation. Please contact if you have any questions.

Graduate Student Life Write-In Day

Nov 06 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

, Fairfax Campus

Fall 2021: Saturday, Nov. 6, 9:00am-5:00pm, in-person

Graduate Student Life’s Write-In Day will give you group accountability and a space to write with other Mason graduate students who are also serious about getting writing done.

Registration and confirmation from the planner are required to participate in the Write-In Day. Registration for the Fall 2021 Write-In Day will begin in October. For more information (including expectations for in-person participation) and online registration, visit the Grad Life Write-In Day page. If you have any questions, contact Julie Choe Kim, Director of Graduate Student Life, at

Grad Night In

Nov 15 - 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

, Fairfax Campus

Monday, Nov. 15, 4-8pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room

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Are you looking for a way to maintain progress toward your academic deadlines as days and weeks slide together? Do you find yourself wishing for a way to connect with your Mason graduate student community? If so, join Graduate Student Life and fellow graduate and professional students for our Grad Night In series! Think of this as a social study hall where you can  work on your assignments among a community of grad students contributing to an atmosphere of mutual support.

You must register for this event in order to participate. Register here for 11/15.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Scheduling and Time Management

Jan 28 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

, All Campuses

Do you feel like you have too much on your plate, and not enough time to do it all? Do you worry that you spend too much or too little time studying? Learn the skills of successful time management and increase your ability to balance study with your other commitments. 

Registration is available here.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Managing Academic Anxiety

Feb 23 - 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM

, All Campuses

Do you have trouble starting papers because of self-doubt? Does worrying about a test make it hard for you to study? Any time you are being evaluated, tension can interfere with doing your best. This workshop examines the reasons for academic performance anxiety and explores strategies for coping with it.

Registration is available here.