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Enjoy the Foliage and Take a Hike

September 18, 2019

By: Austin A. Deray 19 September 2019

One of my favorite parts of the fall, other than getting to order new books (yes, I have always been that guy), is to see the leaves change. Growing up, my Gram (also known as Mommom or Grandmother Devine) would always talk about wanting to make a drive through New England to see the foliage. She never took her September drive to see all of New England in the fall, but she did instill the love of fall colors in her children and grandchildren. It is a goal of mine to take a September off (or at least two weeks) and make the …

Welcome from Mason Grad Insider!

September 3, 2019

By Sydney Glass and Austin Deray

We would like to welcome all new and continuing graduate and professional students to the 2019-2020 year! The Mason Grad Insider blog is sponsored by Graduate Student Life and will feature great content, with contributions from University Life offices at Arlington and the Science and Technology 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 range of posts focusing on academic, professional, and career development, along with insight on fun and leisure in the Northern VA/D.C. area.

We are excited to …

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 …

Live Music Venues, What You Didn’t Know You Were Missing

April 24, 2019

By Sophie Gorshenin

A few weeks ago, our incredible Mason Grad Insider writer Sydney Glass wrote an insightful blog post, “Why Your Life Needs More Live Music”. Before reading any further I highly recommend checking out her article first before reading any further!

In the blog post mentioned above, Sydney discussed why you need more live music in your life. I cannot advocate enough how the arts can help bring so much positivity into your life! Live music is a great way to experience new culture, connect with new people, and in my opinion, it’s the BEST way to de-stress! With finals coming up, I think you deserve that …

Take Advantage of Free Financial Resources

April 10, 2019

By Arsadur Rahman

Managing your own finances is a big part of graduate student life, no matter where you are in your personal life. Proper financial planning benefits everyone, especially graduate students. This article will highlight a few resources that help in teaching personal finances and a few personal experiences on how to earn a couple hundred extra dollars by opening a bank account. Financial literacy helps toward a stress free life, and there are many resources which can help you understand how to plan to spend during your graduate years.

Graduate programs often have high price tags since it is a higher-level degree, so paying for the program requires …

Going Abroad, Is It Right for You?

April 3, 2019

By Sydney Glass

While study abroad is highly encouraged in undergrad, it is not always given the same attention in graduate school. Because grad students are so busy with their academics, work, and personal lives, we often assume that study abroad or other forms of international education will not fit into our schedules. During my undergraduate education, I was fortunate to have the opportunity not only to spend a semester in Spain, but also to work with the study abroad office at my university. These experiences sparked my interest in and highlighted the importance of international education. In this post, I will share with you some general ways that …

Is Meditation Right for You?

March 6, 2019

By Sydney Glass

March is officially here, and for many of us, that means that midterms and mid-semester projects have also arrived. With so much happening, it is easy to place our self-care on the back burner or forget about it entirely. I am here to tell you from personal experience that you will often function best when you take time out for your self-care. One way in which I do this is through meditation. While there are a number of meditation practices, I will share with you the two popular forms of mindfulness training and the reasons that I recommend everyone try them at least once.

Types of …

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 …

Start the Year off Right!

January 23, 2019

Welcome back all Mason graduate and professional students to the spring 2019 semester! I hope that everyone had a chance to relax and recharge over winter break.

I believe that part of having a successful year is in how you choose to start the year off. Thus, I have compiled three strategies that I myself have found helpful and that I think will put you in the mindset to finish the academic year successfully and prepare you for any challenges that may arise.

Make SMART Goals

With the start of a new year, many people choose to make a list of New Year’s resolutions in order to make their goals …

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 …