Outdoor Adventures, Excursions, and RecreationOctober 27, 2016
By Austin Deray
Morning, y’all! What can I say — midterms are over, and we now have a breathing moment before the haze/horror of finals and term papers begin. Keeping this moment in mind, I’d like to take this opportunity to make an exciting announcement for Graduate Student Life.
This year, Graduate Student Life and Mason Recreation have teamed up to bring Outdoor Excursions and Adventures to Mason’s graduate and professional students, tailor-made to your interests and time constraints. This spring will be the pilot semester and we will be offering a few trips: day trips, weekend excursions, and possibly a long-weekend adventure!
I’d like to offer you a chance to participate in the planning process. The following link will take you to a survey that will allow you to tell Mason Grad Life and Rec exactly what you are interested in and how long of an excursion you would like to take. Please click here and complete the survey by Nov. 19, 2016.
With that being said, let’s look at what else Mason Recreation offers graduate students. As I’ve stated in the past, recreational facilities are free for all full-time graduate and professional students; part-time students must pay a fee of $50 for the semester, and let’s be honest, that’s a steal. The SciTech and Arlington campuses have deals with the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center and the Arlington YMCA, respectively, which offer discounts for Mason students.
Make sure you visit Mason’s fitness centers at the Fairfax campus for classes, group sports, and, as already highlighted, outdoor excursions. Fairfax houses the three main recreation facilities: the RAC, Skyline, and the Aquatic and Fitness Center (AFC). The RAC and Skyline have a number of cardio and weight-lifting machines, as well as gymnasiums and racquetball and squash courts, while the AFC offers two pools, a sauna, and a whirlpool in addition to cardio and weight lifting machines. Skyline is also the home of our new partner, Outdoor Adventure.
Group Exercise/Classes: Mason offers a number of group exercise classes, ranging from cycling to yoga to martial arts. Most classes are free, but some yoga and martial arts classes come with a small fee, so be sure to check the Mason Recreation website for more information.
Intramurals: Mason offers a plethora of intramural sports and teams; and yes, they are open to graduate and professional students! Moreover, participation in intramural teams is free for most sports. Intramural sports offered at Mason include flag football, basketball, soccer, softball, handball, frisbee; for more information and a full list of teams, please click here.
So, go out and join an intramural team; register for a fitness class; and make sure you take the Outdoor Excursion and Adventure Survey, so that next semester we can have some awesome events for graduate and professional students only. I hope you found this helpful; have a great day and week.