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Networking During a Pandemic Offers Graduate Students an Opportunity to Inform Recruiters

October 21, 2020

By Victoria Suarez, Assistant Director Employer Development, University Career Services 

 

An unexpected outcome of the current, social distancing reality in which we all find ourselves is that many organizations, institutions, and individuals have granted themselves the grace to try something unique.  It has been said that “necessity is the mother of invention,” and, in many cases, companies have wanted to dabble in virtual internships and remote offices spaces; however, only with the weight of Covid-19 demanding innovation have executives authorized these unproven initiatives. 

Of course, this phenomenon is not limited to companies; you, too, are innovating during the pandemic.  Whether in your role as a parent, student, employee, or friend, consider the myriad, previously inconceivable, actions …

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 …

A Virtual End and Farewell to the 2019-2020 Academic Year

May 6, 2020

By Sydney Glass and Austin A. Deray

For starters, we want to give each of you a virtual round of applause as you have truly shown your commitment to your graduate education and resilience throughout this period of stay-at-home orders, online learning, and living and working from home. I am sure that none of us could have ever imagined that this would be our new reality, so we really do commend you for pushing through despite the many challenges. While the academic year is ending, the effects of this pandemic will likely be felt for quite some time. Thus, we want to remind all of you that it is okay …

Mason Resources: Maintain Your Well-Being during a Time of Uncertainty

April 29, 2020

By Sydney Glass

With so much uncertainty in our day-to-day and the end of the semester steadily approaching, it is easy to become overwhelmed. The Mason community recognizes that this is a difficult and challenging time and has worked together to transform many of the student support services to a virtual format. In addition, online resources, events, and programs related to well-being have been created to provide support during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. We want you all to know that you are not alone, and we will overcome this together. To learn more about the available opportunities and ways to maintain your well-being at Mason, read below.

Mental Well-Being: Those of …

Virtual Writing Communities: How Can We Work Together, while We Stay Apart?

April 15, 2020

By Austin A. Deray

In light of all that is going on, I thought it is not only timely, but also prudent, to revisit the discussion around graduate communities I have had in the past (see Study Groups: The Thing to Do in Graduate School and My Cohort, My Tribe) and talk instead about the importance of finding or forming your own virtual writing community. Over the past two years, through my fields (my program’s version of comprehensive exams) and my dissertation proposal, I have had an amazing group of friends with me, writing and working on our individual assignments and projects together. I don’t know about y’all, but I …

How to Stay Connected in the Age of Social Distancing

April 1, 2020

By Sydney Glass

By this point, we are all practicing social distancing and doing our part to remain healthy and prevent the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. Many of us are already several days in and are starting to feel the effects of this limited social contact. It is important to emphasize that social distancing does not mean “social isolation.” It simply means that we have to maintain a certain physical distance (at least 6 feet!) from each other. Therefore, I want to mention things that we can do to make this experience less isolating and more enjoyable.

Visit a Virtual Museum: As we all know, traveling is not a good idea …

Make Time for Self-Care—You’ll Thank Yourself Later

February 27, 2020

By Sydney Glass

Last November , I was fortunate to attend a self-care workshop led by the amazing Dr. Al Fuertes, an Associate Professor in the School of Integrative Studies and a University Life Faculty Fellow. While this workshop was specifically for graduate student staff in University Life, I can recognize its benefits for all graduate and professional students at Mason.

Oftentimes, as graduate students, we feel the need to continue as if everything is fine, or that taking time to destress will take away from time that we could spend completing another assignment. In actuality, not being aware and recognizing that you need and deserve a break could negatively …

Interpersonal Skills: A Key to Job Success

January 29, 2020

By Sydney Glass

Interpersonal skills can be described as those that allow you to successfully interact with and convey information to other people.[i] Regardless of our program or degree level, all graduate students can benefit from improving these skills, especially those of us preparing to enter the career world soon. With graduation coming up in May, I am constantly thinking of ways to enhance my resume and set myself apart from other job candidates; bringing attention to my interpersonal skills is a great way to do this. While others may have the same credentials and technical knowledge as you, many may not have these skills, which can lead to more …