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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 pile up we understand that graduate life can sometimes become a bit stressful to balance with everything else you have going on. However, have no fear, we are here to keep you updated and help you succeed at work, life, and school. That’s why we encourage you to check in with us regularly to see what new topics we are covering each week. The Mason Grad Insider blog will focus on a variety of topics ranging from Professionalism to Fun & Leisure; our goal is to engage you in conversations all across the Mason Nation, share information about events happening on each campus, and include amazing insights that will help you with both your educational and professional career. If you have an idea for our blog or would even like to be featured as a special guest writer, please reach out to us at gradlife@gmu.edu. We love new ideas and we always love hearing from our readers!

Along with the start of the new fall semester we are also excited to announce our new writers and editors.

Meet Sophie Gorshenin:

Sophie has a passion for community involvement and is currently the Graduate Professional Assistant for University Life Arlington. She supports Mason community involvement at the Arlington campus, including hallmark events such as Pizza & Perspectives and Coffee & Conversation. She is currently in the second year of her M.A. in Arts Management program. Along with being a student, she loves loud concerts, brunch menus, and hiking Virginia’s beautiful parks. Sophie received her B.A. in Global Affairs with a minor in Art History. After undergrad she worked as an event coordinator for a non-profit in DC; after two years she decided to return to her alma mater for her master’s.

Meet Sydney Glass:

Sydney is the newest member of the Office of Graduate Student Life, located at the Fairfax Campus, where she works as the Graduate Professional Assistant for Graduate Student Engagement. She is originally from Danville, VA where she attended Averett University and recently graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages and Biomedical Sciences. As a newcomer to Fairfax, she is excited to explore the city and the rest of Northern Virginia and discover the many gems that the area has to offer. At Mason, she has started the first year of her Master’s of Public Health program with a Global Health concentration, where she hopes to gain experience working with non-profits and internationally-based organizations. Part of her role as a graduate assistant will be helping plan and promote the many exciting events that Graduate Student Life offers to all Mason graduate students, such as Grad Student Welcome Days, Grad Night In, and especially, Gradstravaganza.

In fact, all of you are just in time for one of Graduate Student Life’s largest and most exciting events of the year, Gradstravaganza. This event is perfect for the start of the year because it gives graduate students a chance to receive information that is academically and professionally relevant while creating an environment that fosters relationships between faculty and peers. In other words, while it is important to take time to develop the skills that will be necessary for your graduate studies and future careers, it is equally important to maintain your wellbeing and allow yourself to “live a little.” Gradstravaganza gives you this opportunity by holding a picnic after the workshops where there will be games, access to the cinema, music, and the most important thing, free food and t-shirts! If that was not enough to encourage you to come, it is family-friendly! At Mason, we recognize that our graduate students come from diverse backgrounds, and family is an important aspect of many of their lives, so bring your significant others and children for a day of fun and enjoy the many activities that will be available; there will be something for everyone. This event will be held on the Fairfax Campus but is open to all Mason graduate and professional students.

Join us on Friday, September 7, 2018, 3:30-7:00pm  in the Johnson Center at the Fairfax Campus, and check out the event page for a detailed schedule and description of the day. We hope to see you there!

We wish you all a wonderful start to the semester and are excited to meet each of you at our upcoming events! Be sure to like and follow us on all of our social media platforms for updates from Graduate Student Life and University Life Arlington.

Best,

Sophie and Sydney


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