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Level Up with Grad Life

Tuesday, Jan. 19-Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

Join Level Up with Grad Life for a series of workshops and resources to help you start your semester strong! From Tuesday, Jan. 19 through Friday, Jan. 22, we will provide you with a day-by-day lineup of events and resources to prepare you for success in the upcoming semester. Sign up to receive our daily digest here.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

A Warm Welcome from the President of GAPSA, Lili 

Click here to watch a welcome from Lili Deveneau, the president of GAPSA!

What is GAPSA?

The purpose of the Graduate and Professional Student Association is to establish a forum through which George Mason University graduate and professional students are able to address issues, advocate for the greater good, grow professionally, and socialize with one another, thus, creating a stronger graduate community that promotes personal and academic success.

GAPSA is the principal body for advocating for the needs of George Mason University graduate and professional students within the University and government bodies (The Commonwealth of Virginia Assembly and Congress).

GAPSA recognizes that enriching graduate student life at George Mason University can improve the prestige of the University. By creating a better environment for graduate students, Mason can improve graduate student recruitment and retention. Our goal is to enrich the academic and social life for all graduate and professional students, thereby enriching Mason as a whole. Visit gapsa.gmu.edu to learn more. 

University Career Services: JumpStart Your Job or Internship Search

Start the new year with all the tools you need to make progress on your career path! Join University Career Services on January 19 and 21 for JumpStart, our annual series of workshops focused on virtual interviewing strategies, resume writing, job search tactics, and more. Get the details below and register now!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021:

11:30 am – noon: UCS Overview: What can Career Services do for you? This is an overview of our services and how to take advantage of them.

1 – 2 pm: Making the Most of LinkedIn: Get proven tactics for using social media platforms like LinkedIn to build your network.

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Video Interviewing: Learn how to impress employers  and avoid common mistakes during phone and video interviews.

4 – 5 pm: Job Searching for International Students: Discover strategies and resources for finding international job opportunities.

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Online Course Strategies Workshop

Watch a recorded session of our Online Course Strategies workshop here! This workshop was held in conjunction with University Learning Services

Mason Grad Insider: Advice and Insights for Mason Grad Students, by Mason Grad Students

Each day as part of your Level Up with Grad Life digest, we will be highlighting a post from our Mason Grad Insider blog. In conjunction with our resources for today, check out our MGI post “Finding Your Community through the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA)!”

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Overcoming Procrastination Workshop

Watch a recorded session of our Online Course Strategies workshop here! This workshop was held in conjunction with University Learning Services

Set up your planner for the semester:

Now is a great time to set up your planner for the semester! Keep track of academic calendar dates at https://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars

Mason Grad Insider: Advice and Insights for Mason Grad Students, by Mason Grad Students:

Check out our MGI blog post, Meeting the Challenge: Learning How to Better Manage Your Time During Graduate School.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Watch Party with GAPSA

At 7pm today, Jan. 21, we will be hosting a virtual watch party of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix! How do you join? Just download the Google Chrome extension Teleparty and get the link to the party by registering here. Open the link at 7pm in Google Chrome and join our watch party! We look forward to seeing you then!

University Career Services: JumpStart Your Job or Internship Search

Start the new year with all the tools you need to make progress on your career path! Join University Career Services on January 19 and 21 for JumpStart, our annual series of workshops focused on virtual interviewing strategies, resume writing, job search tactics, and more. Get the details below and register now!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2021

11:30 am – noon: Coursework as Career Experience*: Get tips on how to leverage class assignments into resume-building experiences. *Participate virtually or in-person! Limited seating is available in SUB I, room 3400 on a first-come, first-served basis. 

1 – 3 pm: 2-hour Job Search: This interactive workshop will teach you how to proactively find and contact prospective employers. 

4 – 5 pm: Resume Writing: We’ll help you write a resume that will open the door to your next opportunity.

Take some time to practice mindfulness today!

Try out one of the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being’s meditation resources, which outline free guided meditation resources online and helpful suggestions for meditation practices.

Mason Grad Insider: Advice and Insights for Mason Grad Students, by Mason Grad Students:

Check out our MGI blog post, Practicing Self-Care (Even When It’s Hard).

Friday, Jan. 22

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School: Time Management Workshop

Watch a recorded session of our Time Management workshops! These workshop were held in conjunction with University Learning Services. Watch them here:

Time Management – Semester Deadlines and Exams

Time Management – Weekly Routine
Time Management – Daily Preparation

Check out Mason’s Recreation options this semester:

Their Return Plan outlines how to use the facilities, the hours, and the policies to maintain COVID safety. Plus, check out BurnAlong and more virtual recreation options!

Create your professional development plan: 

Another great way to set yourself up for success this semester is to fill out an individual development plan for your professional development. This is a two step process, with a self-assessment, and then developing the actual plan. Fill out these forms here!

Mason Grad Insider: Advice and Insights for Mason Grad Students, by Mason Grad Students:

Check out our MGI blog post, Biking through the DMV and These COVID-19 Times.