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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 …

How to Break into a New Industry

November 14, 2018

By Sydney Glass

Whether you are just starting your graduate career or preparing to finish, as graduate students, we are all focused on preparing for our career after graduation. For many who are going to graduate school to break into a new field, this task can be more daunting than our studies, as it takes time and effort to find the perfect job, especially when each listing requires or strongly recommends 1-2 years of experience. To make sure that everyone is equipped to take the career world by storm, I am going to share tips that can help you gain experience in your field of study/industry and land your dream …

Top Five Tips to Help You Become an Organized GMU Grad

October 31, 2018

By Sophie Gorshenin

As graduate students we have a lot going on. The majority of graduate students work part or full time. On top of work we have families, social obligations, study groups, readings, papers, and exams. It is a lot to keep track of, and sometimes it just really feels like there is simply not enough time in the day to conquer it all.

It is incredibly important to learn how to organize all of your responsibilities in order to achieve a healthy work-life-grad school balance. One of the greatest things you can do for yourself is get organized! Here are our top five suggestions for organizational skills …

Why Your Life Needs More Live Music

October 17, 2018

By Sydney Glass

As graduate students, we often encounter many ups and downs or “rollercoasters” throughout our graduate careers and personal lives, and the burden of both can be overwhelming. It is easy to become consumed by our studies and research because so much of our future depends on successful completion of our program. In doing so, it’s easy to neglect ourselves and those closest to us. To find balance in our lives, it is essential to have a positive outlet and strong support system where we can release our pent-up emotions and renew our motivation to continue. Research has shown that music can be beneficial to incorporate into our …

We Cannot Stress Enough How Important It Is to De-Stress!

October 3, 2018

By Sophie Gorshenin

Pumpkin spice is back in season, fall festivals across NOVA are in full swing, and it’s almost cool enough for sweater weather. Fall is a beautiful season and is one to be celebrated as the leaves begin to change, and yet, as I sit here sipping my coffee with extra pumpkin spiced whipped cream, I can’t help but think about all the looming and upcoming deadlines for all of my papers and exams. For most people who aren’t students, fall is the best time of the year. However, for us mortal graduate students it’s often the most stressful times of the year and is better known to …

What Can Career Services Offer You?

September 19, 2018

By Sydney Glass

With the stress of completing assignments and looming deadlines, it is easy to overlook or push career-related activities to the side or wait until you graduate. Doing so often leads to a demanding environment as many grad students underestimate the amount of time and effort that goes into finding work after earning their degrees. Or you are on the opposite end of this spectrum and have started the job search early, but have gotten stuck on the next step you should take. Without the proper guidance, you can find yourself in an endless cycle, wasting your valuable time.

Here is where a visit to University Career …

Welcome to Mason!

September 5, 2018

By Sophie Gorshenin and Sydney Glass

Grab your parking pass, your best campus hiking shoes, and iClicker because we are back! Fall classes and events are in full swing across all Mason campuses and we could not be more excited! Graduate Student Life and University Life Arlington are teaming up for another year with the Mason Grad Insider blog, bringing you graduate student news, resources, and everything in between. Stay connected to make sure you have all you need to make this year a success!

Starting a new semester of graduate school is always exciting. Who doesn’t love those first-day butterflies? But as the readings, essays, and projects start to …

Summer Is Here

May 2, 2018

By Austin Deray

Happy end of semester, y’all,

I just wanted to take the opportunity wish everyone well on their finals: exams, comps, papers, fields and/or thesis/dissertation defenses. It is that time of year again and we are wrapping everything up here at Mason’s offices of Graduate Student Life and University Life Arlington. On behalf both units, I would like to thank everyone for a great year here at Mason and congratulations to everyone graduating with their master’s or doctoral degrees this May.

We have had 12 great new blogs this year and 11 blogs Way-Back-Wednesday posts that highlighted past important material, covering the topics of academics, professionalism, well-being in graduate school, and …