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FIRST OF THEIR

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Welcome from the VP

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Finding Our Niche

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Green Machine

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Going Greek?

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Seek and Discover

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Write the Next Chapter 25 Club/Intramural Sports 27 Play by Play

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Navigating Fairfax

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Student Deals

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Personal Success

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Be My Neighbor

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UNIV 100

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Academic Advising

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My Time @ Mason

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George’s Birthday

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M A S O N ’S B E S T

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ello, and welcome to the wondrous campus that is George Mason University! Here you’ll find professors who deeply care about your academic well-being, peers who will share many of your same interests, and organizations that will help you fit in nice and snug on campus. There are so many gateways for you to boldly walk through, and I could not be more excited for you to start down this magical path!

There are so many opportunities at Mason for you to explore that it might shock you at first. Clubs, sports teams, and social events are just the tip of the iceberg — you will discover an abundance of experiences to enjoy while meeting your fellow freshmen! Do not fret, with time our campus will no longer feel like a strange new land, but rather one that feels homey and warm. No matter what part of the world you hail from, Mason excels at providing a diverse and vibrant campus experience that is second to none.

STAFF Ethan H. Reynolds EDITOR - IN - CHIEF Clinton W. Carlson, Jr. SALES DIRECTOR

Mary Jane DeCarlo COVER ILLUSTRATION FACULTY ADVISORS :

Kathryn Mangus, Director Jason Hartsel, Assistant Director David Carroll, Associate Director STUDENT MEDIA STAFF :

Jessica Smith Kaitlyn Koegler STAFF WRITERS :

Alexa Herrerías Ivan Gonzales-Maguina

Coming to college is something that can be quite fearsome, but know that all the hard work you have put in to get here is 100% worth it. You will meet unique and wonderful people, experience things you’ve never experienced before, and receive a stellar, top-notch education to boot. As long as you work hard, stay focused, and respect your peers’ ideas and feelings, then you will excel and thrive throughout your Mason career!

Malek Salhab Julie Frappier Macalya Smith Emma Dardis Janice Wang Josh Thompson

Your time to shine is almost nigh, so buy your supplies, spend time with your loved ones and your friends with the summer you have left, and be ready, come August, to begin the journey that will change your life forever! I hope you all will take the time to read this magazine that we have made specifically for YOU, and that you will have an exciting and rewarding time here at George Mason University!

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Kimberly Garcia Eve Smith Josh Harrington Eric Williams Rebecca Durant Yun Zhao

CONTRIBUTORS :

Warm regards and best wishes, Ethan H. Reynolds Class of 2021 2 | Freshman Focus

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ongratulations on your success to this point, and on your admission to Mason. You are already part of this special and wonderful community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Your contributions will be unique, so you will enrich Mason in a way that no one else can. Don’t be afraid to step forward and find your place here. We welcome you! Whether you are the first in your family to go to college or part of a long tradition of students in your family, we are ready to help you succeed here. There is an initial period of adjustment — finding your way around, getting to know your professors, classmates, roommates, figuring out how to spend your time, coming to see campus as home. This is as it should be.

The unfamiliarity and awkwardness signal the beginning of a new adventure — be courageous and jump in with both feet! The most important thing to remember is this: your choices will define your Mason experience. Be curious and take risks. Don’t stop learning when class ends — the learning opportunities that take place outside of class are equally interesting. Do take advantage of the entire Mason experience so you can discover what you are truly passionate about doing in (and for) the world. There are hundreds of ways to get involved and make your mark! Find the ones that suit your interests and strengths. And if you see me walking across campus (which I do several times daily), stop and let me know how you’re doing. Have fun, stay safe, and welcome to Mason!

ROSE PASCARELL, Vice President, University Life

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y first year at Mason was full of laughter, making new friends, and being involved in creating a magazine that demonstrates the Hispanic diversity at Mason. During my first couple of weeks at Mason, I tried to get involved in as many organizations that I could, to find my place, but I still felt that something was missing. That is when I heard about the Hispanic Culture Review (HCR), and I decided to reach out to the editor. Joining this team has been an unbelievable opportunity because I was able to read works from all over the world and I was able to keep in touch with my Hispanic roots. Joining HCR was a step that moved me closer to finding where I belong at Mason; however, the tipping point was when I joined Gamma Phi Beta. When I first came to college I had never intended on joining a sorority, but at Spring Recruitment I talked with the sisters, and it felt very natural. So, when they offered me a bid I was excited to say yes and begin my journey as a sister. So far it has been one adventure after another, I have made so many new friends, and I cannot wait for next year. Finding where I belong at Mason was only possible because I went out of my comfort zone and experienced new things. I can now honestly say I am a more outgoing person than when I arrived at Mason.

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ALEXA HERRERÍAS

First-person stories about getting involved and finding your place here at Mason.

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t was exactly nine months prior to writing this article that I first stepped foot on Mason’s vast, innovative campus. Rain slowing to a drizzle, sun piercing through the clouds, and a rainbow forming over Fenwick Library. It seemed as though my arrival manifested a bright, new beginning. As the largest research university in Virginia, Mason starkly contrasted with my one-floor high school in Palestine. Every table has a student studying a different topic — ranging from philosophy to neuroscience to conflict analysis. Mason’s inclusive culture creates a space where each individual’s voice can be supported, heard, and amplified and this served as my safe-haven. I eagerly recommend taking advantage of the resources Mason provides its students — especially freshmen. Just a few months into my college odyssey I co-founded United2Heal and joined Volition’s (Mason’s undergraduate literary and arts journal) poetry and prose staff, meeting new friends and making valued connections. Most special are the memories that I will take back with me and the stories I will tell my family and friends back home. One such memory is Volition’s Open Mic Night, where raw creativity meets slam poetry and sing alongs. There were smiles all around, and it has been an honor to work so closely with people who are not afraid to inquire and create. College is what you make of it, as cliché as it may sound. I know you will find your place at Mason — I did! Summer /Fall 2018 | 7

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ason’s Fairfax campus sits on roughly 700 wooded acres in Northern Virginia and has radically evolved since 1970 when the entire institution was comprised of six buildings (North, South, East, West, Fenwick, and Lecture) and a parking lot. SUB I QUAD in winter.

So take some time to explore your new home and appreciate the natural beauty and character that make Mason a such a special place to live, work, and play. What will become your favorite spot on campus? 10

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This ongoing project of replacing the old with the new, the past with the future, creates a unique aesthetic mix of modern and traditional style filled with peaceful vignettes and interesting nooks perfect for studying or socializing. Wildflowers in the spring, changing leaves in fall, and an eclectic array of sculptures and public art provide a dynamic environment that reveals new charms with every season.

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The innovative architecture and welcoming landscapes that greet modern-day students and visitors are the result of a decades-long construction boom that has transformed Mason from a small commuter college into a thriving residential learning community.

MASON POND in fall.


FENWICK LIBRARY is a great study spot and has quiet zones and comfy pods to help you focus — especially when preparing for midterms or finals. Typically people reserve study rooms within the stacks to work in groups on projects. I love meeting up with friends to collaborate on projects or grab a drink at Argo Tea.

MY FAVORITE PLACES ON CAMPUS Original Photos and Captions by:

JULIE FRAPPIER

MASON POND is perfect for a picnic or a relaxing afternoon in warmer months. Plenty of benches and beautful foliage surround the boat house and pond with changing leaves in fall and colorful blossoms in spring.

ART & DESIGN BUILDING offers collaborative spaces for studying and creating. Plenty of interactive exhibits, art installations, and wall doodles fill the building. I love going to the third level staircase to help with art installations. Summer /Fall 2018 | 11


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PLACES TO STUDY Fenwick Library: Calm, clean, and comfortable, the newly renovated library is an incredible place to study and the overwhelming favorite in our survey. It’s open on most days until midnight so you can cram as much as you please. Johnson Center: The top two floors (3 & 4) of the Johnson Center offer comfy, movable chairs, individual study cubicles, and long tables with accessible power outlets for group studying. RUNNERS-UP: • The MIX (mix.gmu.edu) • Dorm Rooms • Northern Neck Starbucks

Monuments: Between the Jefferson, Lincoln, and MLK Memorials, the Washington Monument, and the many war memorials, simply walking around downtown Washington, D.C. can make for a fun day of historic sightseeing. When lit up at night, the monuments manage to look even more impressive. Georgetown: A short walk from the Foggy Bottom station on Metro’s Orange Line, this historic neighborhood in Northwest D.C. is known for its upscale shopping and dining along M St. and Wisconsin Ave. Popular spots include the Washington Harbour waterfront, Kennedy Center, and “Exorcist Steps.” RUNNERS-UP: • Clubbing • Restaurants • Smithsonian

Fair Oaks Mall & Fair Lakes: Home to many shops, stores, and restaurants, these shopping centers are accessible via the Gunston Go-Bus (free for any student with a Mason ID).

On Metro’s Silver Line! Photos by Mimi Albano

PLACES TO HAVE FUN ON CAMPUS Corner Pocket: A place where the Mason community can gather to relax and have fun, Corner Pocket offers a dozen different games and activities including foosball, billiards, air hockey, corn hole, and arcade games. All games are free or under $5!

RUNNERS-UP: • JC • Campus Events • Athletic Games

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PLACES TO SHOP

Tyson’s Corner: Tyson’s is a great place to visit if your family is in town or if you’re scrambling to find last-minute holiday gifts.

Dorm Rooms: Dorms are a cozy (and affordable) hangout; you can listen to music, eat snacks, and invite your friends over to relax in your own space.

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RUNNERS-UP: • University Mall • Fairfax Corner • Springfield Mall PLACES TO TAKE A DATE • Sister’s Thai • De Clieu Coffee Shop • University Mall Theatres • Washington, D.C. • Tyson’s/Fairfax Corner • Mosaic District • National Harbor


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Aquatic and Fitness Center: For students living in President’s Park, the AFC makes it easy to stay in shape.

#1 - Chipotle ( Johnson Center) #2 - Blaze Pizza ( Johnson Center) #3 - Panera ( Johnson Center) #4 - Chick-fil-A (SUB I) #5 - Ike’s (President’s Park) RUNNERS-UP: • • • • •

IndAroma ( Johnson Center) Panda Express (Merten Hall) Southside The Globe (Global Center) Manhattan Pizza (Merten Hall)

PLACES TO EAT OFF CAMPUS

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PLACES TO WORK ON CAMPUS Mason Recreation: recreation.gmu.edu “Committed to enriching the physical and holistic well-being of Mason’s diverse students and community through quality facilities, programs, and services.” Student Media: studentmedia.gmu.edu “Dedicated to providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for students who aspire to a career in media production or journalism.”

#1 - Sister’s Thai (Old Town Fairfax)

Fenwick Library: library.gmu.edu “Available Student Assistant positions are posted on and filled through HireMason. If positions are not listed on HireMason, no positions are available.”

#2 - Cava (Kamp Washington)

RUNNERS-UP:

#3 - Uncle Julio’s (Fairfax Corner) #4 (TIE) - Halal Guys (University Mall) #4 (TIE) - Marumen (Old Pickett Rd.)

• Mason LIFE: masonlife.gmu.edu • JC (Student Centers): studentcenters.gmu.edu • Bookstore: gmu.bncollege.com • Housing & Residence Life: housing.gmu.edu

RUNNERS-UP: • Five Guys (Lee Hwy) • Outback (Twinbrook) • Elevation Burger (Turnpike Shopping Mall) • Brion’s Grille (University Mall)

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PLACES TO SEE LIVE MUSIC • EagleBank Arena (www.eaglebankarena.com)

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The RAC: The Recreation and Athletic Complex offers more than just a place to exercise. Invite others over to have a game of basketball, volleyball, racquetball, or squash! Skyline: Not only does it

feature a new rock wall, but it also is open until midnight!

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CLUBS OR ORGS TO JOIN AS A FRESHMAN Greek Life: Mason boasts over 35 Greek letter organizations with a diverse population of over 1,700 students. si.gmu.edu/greek-life Student Media: The home of over 10 unique student-run media groups including Mason’s newspaper, radio station, and TV network. studentmedia.gmu.edu Club Sports: Choose from over 30 teams! clubsports.gmu.edu

• Jammin’ Java (www.jamminjava.com)

RUNNERS-UP:

• Center for the Arts (cfa.gmu.edu)

• Epicure Cafe (www.epicurecafe.org)

• Roosevelt Institute • Forensics & Debate

• 9:30 Club (www.930.com)

• Cosplay or Anime Club • Mason Players

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MOMENT MACAYLA SMITH Staff Writer

But moments like these do not always have to be random. Before I even came to Mason I knew that I wanted to get involved with Student Media. So, I started researching the different opportunities online and attended their Press Pass open house event at the beginning of the semester. Now I am proud to say that I am part of the Volition (Mason’s undergraduate literary and arts journal) team! I was also quick to join the Model United Nations club because it was something that I enjoyed 18 | Freshman Focus

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hile attending Mason, a lot of opportunities will come your way. Some of these fortuities will be completely unexpected. Such as the time that the dining hall was packed to the brim, so I asked to sit with three people I had never met before. They were extremely kind and welcomed me into their group. Soon, we were talking as though we had been friends for years. After we finished eating, they invited me to check out a board game club that they were all involved in called Nerdstock. I went to one of the meetings and not only did I make a bunch of new friends, but they also gave me the Nerdstock trophy for exemplifying the spirit of the club.

“WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES, ANOTHER ONE OPENS AT MASON. KEEP LOOKING FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES. OR CREATE YOUR OWN!” doing in high school. Except instead of going to a conference, now we get to host the conference for high school students. So, no matter what you’re interested in, there’s a good chance there’s a club, organization, or job opportunity relating to it at Mason. But what happens when you miss out on an opportunity or don’t get the job? This is a question that everyone will eventually face. For me, the answer is simple: create your own opportunities.

As a theatre student, it goes without saying that I will often have to deal with rejection and not getting roles in plays. Unfortunately, that was the case my freshman year. But instead of getting discouraged, I found other ways to do what I love. My French professor offered extra credit for performing in the International Week Polyglot Festival and I jumped at the possibility. As a result, I directed and starred in a performance of the song “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast. This was an unexpected way for me to get back on the stage and continue my passion, even though I didn’t get the part I originally hoped for. I was also able to create my own opportunities in my Global Horror Film class. My screenplay was chosen to be made into a film and I got to be the assistant director. This experience in film will inform my work in theatre and allowed me to explore something new. So, while it might sound cliché, when one door closes, another one opens at Mason. Even if you don’t get the part — or the job — keep looking for more opportunities. And if you still can’t find anything, take that as your personal invitation to create your own!


Disability Services University Life WHAT IS A DISABILITY? According to the Americans with Disability Act, “An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.” Some disabilities are invisible. Don't judge people and remember that you don't know exactly what anybody else is going through.

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HOW CAN I BE AN ALLY? People are more than their disability. Don’t assume that you know what their disability is or that you know their identity. Never underestimate them. Physical aids (wheelchairs, service animals) are an extension of a person, treat them as such. Be respectful of everybody and their right for privacy. Remember that language is powerful.

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EMMA DARDIS Staff Writer

Once I decided on going to Mason I investigated their organizations and that’s when I discovered the Green Machine! I realized that they accept anyone regardless of their musical ability and are very open to new members. I was excited to learn about this and looked forward to being part of such a unique pep band, but I was still slightly nervous.

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“GREEN MACHINE IS ABOUT HAVING FUN AND DOING WHAT YOU LOVE. IT’S A GREAT WAY TO PLAY SOME GREAT MUSIC WITH GREAT PEOPLE”

Going to my first practice, I didn’t know what to expect. However, I immediately learned that this band is awesome! Everyone involved is extremely friendly and focused more on having a good time more than I initially thought. Green Machine is about having fun and doing what you love. It’s full of so many different and interesting people and provides you with so many opportunities. It’s a great way to break up your normal routine and just play some great music with great people. Whether it’s practice, a basketball game, or an off-campus event, you are bound to have a wonderful time. Throughout my first year here, Green Machine has helped me expand as a musician, create valuable friendships, and contribute to the wonderful Mason community!

#1 COLLEGE PEP BAND IN THE USA! Mason’s Green Machine was named the top pep band in the nation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 2015. Watch them in action: youtube.com/gmugreenmachine

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have always loved music, and I participated in as many high school music organizations as I could, taking any opportunity to play my favorite instruments. However, once high school ended I was nervous about how I would continue playing music in college. I wasn’t planning on majoring or minoring in music and I was deathly afraid of auditions, but I knew I still wanted to continue this hobby that I loved.


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he transition into Greek life was more of a change in lifestyle than anything I had ever experienced in my life. When I first came to college I had no expectations of joining a fraternity, but as time went on, I figured it would be something I was heavily interested in. The “rush” period is a chaotic time, while everyone is scrambling to adapt to their new college environment, they are also experiencing the wonders and opportunities Greek life bring to the table. It’s important to understand that this time is about finding the people that you fit with, rather than joining out of popularity. That was the first thing said to me when I was rushing, and it is the advice that I give to anyone considering joining Greek life. As long as you are dedicated and serious, joining is an incredibly rewarding decision. Thinking back, the choice whether to join a fraternity or not was an easy one. The friends I have made within Greek life are inseparable, and my productivity within the university has increased tenfold. I cannot picture the college experience without the brothers of Kappa Sigma. Involvement in this organization has improved my college experience and I would recommend Greek life to all Mason students.

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definitely did not plan on joining a sorority when I first came to Mason. However, I soon learned that Greek life is not what people would expect, given the usual stereotypes and stigmas portrayed in the media. When I rushed for Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority Incorporated, it was out of pure curiosity. I decided to join because I met a group of independent and focused women that are dedicated to their goals and passions that inspired me to be just as determined. From then on, I had sisters that supported me through my ups and downs and never failed to put a smile on my face. Being a part of Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) and Kappa Phi Lambda has felt like a home away from home. I absolutely loved my freshman year because I’ve met so many amazing people and have gotten to do exciting things like being a part of a play, joining the executive board of MGC, and even being pied in the face (like twenty times) for a good cause. Personally, I don’t think I would be as involved or as invested in Mason if I didn’t go Greek and I highly recommend it! Greek life teaches you important life skills such as leadership and time management. You’ll get to meet so many kind and passionate people that will definitely help you find your home in Mason!


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Working at Student Media has allowed me to view a different side of a work force. It has provided me the ability to learn and develop myself in a professional environment that none of my past jobs have done. I have been able to learn to communicate more effectively with customers and understand the functions of marketing. I never really thought I would engage myself with anything related to marketing or communication when I first started college, but there is definitely much more to it than what many people know. As a criminology major, I first thought that Student Media was just for communication majors, which is completely false. I was surprised to realize that many of the students in 24 | Freshman Focus

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hen I first came to Mason, I felt a different dynamic that I had never experienced before at any other university. I have lived in Fairfax my whole life, so I knew instantly that I wanted to incorporate myself both in a workplace and in a group environment on campus to make my college experience as special as possible. As I navigated throughout campus, I found the Student Media program and filled out an application.

“WORKING AT STUDENT MEDIA PROVIDED ME THE ABILITY TO LEARN AND DEVELOP MYSELF IN A PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT.” the office have different majors and minors unrelated to media, which makes the experience more unique. One of my favorite moments from working at Student Media has been taking part in their Happy Birthday, George! event that is held each December. I was new to the office, but everyone was extremely welcoming and helped me adjust to it very easily. I enjoyed contacting different companies for sponsorship and

STUDENT MEDIA • Home to over 10 unique student-run groups including Mason’s official newspaper, radio, and television news outlets. • Scholarship, volunteer, for-credit, and work-study opportunities are available. • Fill out an online application: c2ms.info/osmapply. LEARN MORE:

studentmedia.gmu.edu learning different strategies in party planning for a larger crowd. As I complete my first year at college, I am so glad that I decided to try something outside my comfort zone because many of my freshman memories and friendships began at Student Media. My advice for new students is to be adventurous and seek out different opportunities to learn a little about yourself and discover new interests along the way.


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Being fully immersed in a work environment where faculty and staff demonstrate incredible work ethic and are accepting of others encourages me to work extra hard to make my customers feel just as welcome as I do in this new community. As a bookseller, it is my responsibility to ensure that others can find the gifts, spirit wear, and Mason accessories that they need. Not only that, I am also responsible for making sure that students and professors have the books and supplies they need for their classes. Interacting with customers and providing above-and-beyond service gives me a sense of joy and reassurance knowing that I finally had a place

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s an incoming freshman, I was very unfamiliar with life on campus and knew almost no one that attended. I felt incredibly out of touch and wasn’t sure where I belonged in the community. However, after accepting a position as a bookseller at the campus bookstore for the spring semester, things started to change. I realized that an ordinary part-time job became the environment that gave me an immense sense of inclusion as well as lifelong connections that enhanced my freshman experience.

“A PART-TIME JOB BECAME THE ENVIRONMENT THAT GAVE ME AN IMMENSE SENSE OF INCLUSION AS WELL AS LIFELONG CONNECTIONS.” where I belong on campus. In addition to assisting others find and purchase things that make them feel more included and enhance their Mason career, working at the bookstore has renewed my love for reading. The numerous trade books I see every day as I clean and organize the merchandise has led me to discover fascinating new books. Accepting this

• Students hired as booksellers must be at least 16 years of age, able to multi-task, and possess outstanding communication and customer service skills • According to the bookstore’s website, student workers “interact directly with students, faculty, administration and other customers on a dayto-day basis, turning visitors into loyal customers.” LEARN MORE:

gmu.bncollege.com position has not only helped me find my place in a completely unfamiliar environment, it also reminds me to continue pursuing what was once familiar to me. Because of my positive experiences, I strive to make every guest feel the exact same way that I have felt since first working at the Mason bookstore. Summer /Fall 2018 | 25


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After applying to be a referee with the Intramural Sports program, I was immediately thrown into training for sports. There are so many different sports that we officiate including soccer, flag football, volleyball, handball, basketball, and more! It was exciting to learn about the rules of so many sports. I love being a referee because it enables me to interact with each sport in a way that is dynamic and completely different than playing the sport. You can clear your mind and focus all energy on keeping the game under control.

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Apart from officiating, intramurals has introduced me to many Mason students and staff with similar interests. Additionally, I have been lucky enough to be able to officiate at higher levels through tournaments and certifications. In March, I officiated at the VRSA State Basketball tournament at James Madison University. Here, myself and a few peers workshopped with professional referees while working highly competitive college club basketball games. I grew tremendously as a referee and made several powerful connections with others at the tournament. More recently, I have become certified as a United States Soccer Federation referee which has enabled me to work youth games in the area surrounding Mason. Many of my coworkers are similarly involved at a higher level with their favorite sport, and this is a valuable resource as I move forward as a multi-sport referee. I cannot wait to continue with Mason Intramurals as I develop and progress as an intramural official for Mason Recreation.

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orking for Mason Recreation has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my freshman year. Before coming to Mason, I had been refereeing basketball for four years and decided to pursue officiating at a higher level.

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When looking at colleges, my main priority was finding a place where I could continue my broadcasting career. I toured many schools that have prestigious broadcasting and athletic programs. However, many of those schools felt like their programs were run like a high-stakes business. While high-stakes business might be a good way to run a broadcast company professionally, at the college level, it does not provide an opportunity for student to learn on the job. But when I first reached out to Mason’s Student Media, I felt that the sports broadcasting program was special. Led by David Carroll, the sports broadcasting program, that began 28 | Freshman Focus

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rom the time I began my freshman year of high school, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Being a sports junkie, whose playing career had come to an end, I desperately needed a way to stay involved in sports. I fell in love with sports broadcasting that year and did it for all four years of high school. Along the way, I called over 400 hours of high school sports for the NFHS Network and knew that I had found my calling in life.

“THE SPORTS BROADCASTING PROGRAM HAS MEMBERS FROM EVERY BACKGROUND AND A VARIETY OF MAJORS.” just a few years ago in 2013, has risen to a level that nobody could have imagined. I feel that a big part of the success is the community atmosphere created by the members of the team. At a university that is built on diversity and inclusion, the sports broadcasting program has members from every background and a variety of majors at Mason.

The different backgrounds and experience is what makes the quality of the broadcasts so high. For example, we have members who are more interested in the film and movie side of broadcasting, which results in more creative shots and better camera work for broadcasts. Also, whether you are a sports addict, a casual sports fan, or not even interested in sports, there is role for you on this team. That is what separates this team from other programs. Not only have I learned more about the industry that I one day hope to have a career in, I also have improved my skills as a broadcaster. The staff that oversees the team is beyond knowledgeable about the industry and the latest technology. Another great aspect of this team is that you get to learn as many positions as you would like. I have learned several positions over the last the two years including commentating, camera, technical director, and graphics operator. Learning all of these skills has helped me acquire an internship this past summer with a baseball team in Charlottesville. The experience is more than just gaining knowledge in sports broadcasting; it is a community and family that has been a highlight in my Mason career.


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ompleting my freshman year as a first-generation college student has been enlightening to say the least. Before college I was very introverted and avoided engaging with new people or unfamiliar situations. I was a decent student, but my family was just barely considered middle class and I often found myself envious of my peers. My pessimistic point of view negatively impacted relationships and hurt things I was trying to accomplish. But all that changed when I entered college. Right before I moved, in I swore that I would push myself to do more than I did in high school and actively engage. And from the moment I got on campus, I did just that. I participated in ODIME’s Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP), a five-week, on-campus program where a group of about 40 people live together, take classes, attend trainings, and go on outings off campus. I came out of that program a better person in every way. There were times this year when I was hesitant and wanted to slow down, but I never did. I never let myself lose the momentum I felt after my STEP experience and it has only brought goodness into my life. I am currently studying civil engineering, but I started off as with an undeclared engineering concentration because I felt overwhelmed by the number of options available. As the year progressed, I began to feel left out and nervous that I was wasting my family’s limited money. It was not until a friend reminded me of why I wanted to be an engineer in the first place (to improve other people’s lives) that I realized which path was right for me. As you start college, remind yourself that this is a place to learn and education has no deadline. There is more than one way to learn, so make sure to challenge yourself, never settle, and make your impact.

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efore arriving on campus, I didn’t have the slightest idea what being a first-generation college student entailed. I searched the term online to try to clarify an identity that I felt didn’t belong to me. In my case, I grew up with a single mother but still had both parents in my life to motivate me and encourage me. Both of my parents were in the military for the majority of their lives, but only my father pursued higher education after high school (unfortunately, he did not complete his degree). When I got to Mason, I came to realize that I had to become more self-aware and learn how to balance academics, social life, and well-being as an individual on my own terms. I faced a number of challenges as a first-gen student, but was able to take advantage of the resources available on campus to find support and help me succeed. I managed to maintain above a 3.0 GPA and find a job that has taught me important things about myself. Rather than question my identity, I now embrace it. Summer /Fall 2018 | 31

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FAIRFAX PARKING TIPS ▶ Leave plenty of time to park and walk to class (especially during the first few weeks). ▶ At all times every car parked on campus needs a parking or visitors pass. ▶ There is free parallel parking off Roberts Road across from Potomac residence hall. ▶ When friends or family visit for the weekend, get discounted parking by filling out the Resident Student Guest Weekend Validation Form on parking.gmu.edu. ▶ The George Mason University Rideshare Facebook page is one of the easiest ways to find rides going out of town. ▶ Mason has special reserved spaces and discounted passes for students car pooling.

RIDING THE BUS The Mason Shuttle Service, CUE Bus, and Mason to Metro Shuttle are all free with your Mason ID and offer access to endless attractions around Mason. They can all seem a little intimidating at first, but a month in and you will be a pro! Visit mason.ridesystems.net to see when the next shuttle is arriving. These buses go to University Mall, Fair Lakes Center, Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax Corner, Old Town Fairfax, Science and Technology Campus, and the Vienna Metro. So get out there and explore because the Fairfax community and Washington, D. C. metro area have a lot to offer.

▶ Tuesdays and Thursdays (including the evenings) are the busiest days on campus. ▶ Parking lots are enforced all year round, including the 1st week of classes and even when classes are not in session.

RIDING THE METRO While it isn’t free, it’s still a great way to get around downtown Washington, D.C. Take the Mason Shuttle or drive to the Vienna/Fairfax station. Be sure to purchase a reloadable SmartTrip card for easy riding. There is a charge to park at the aboveground Metro stations during the week, but parking is free on weekends and federal holidays. Reprinted from Freshman Focus 2016

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Campus Shuttle (formerly Prince William Campus) Fairfax-SciTech Campus Shuttle SciTech Always contact Parking Services if you have questions Fairfax-SciTech Campus Shuttle located in the Parking Services building next toor theconcerns! Sandy CreekWe’re Transit Center. The SciTech Campus shuttle runs seven days a week between the Fairfax and

The SciTech Campus shuttle runs seven days aSandy week between theCenter. Fairfax and S You shuttle can alsoruns call us at 703-993-2710 or email us atFairfax parking@gmu.edu. The SciTech Campus seven days a week between the and located in the Services building next to the Creek Transit Visit shuttle.gmu.edu for updated shuttle and to learn campuses. OnParking Mon-Thu, the shuttle every thirty minutes during theduring Download the Mobile or go to mason.ridesystems.net to getschedules real SHUTTLES & RAIL SciTech campuses. On Mon-Thu, theruns shuttle runs every thirty the the day. The Download theMason Mobileapp Mason app or go to mason.ridesystems.net to get realSciTech TTLES & RAIL campuses. On Mon-Thu, the shuttle runs every thirtyminutes minutes during more about transportation which save and The help You can also callalso us at 703-993-2710 or campuses. email us at parking@gmu.edu. shuttle stops at Manassas Mall between information on Mason Shuttles. Summer 2018 schedules available atyou moneyday. Visittime shuttle.gmu.edu for updated shuttle schedules andoptions to learn day. Thealso shuttle stops at Manassas Mall between campuses.

time information on Mason Shuttles. Summer 2018 schedules available at lower CO2to emissions. also stops at Manassas Mall. Campus Shuttle Fairfax-SciTech ttle.gmu.edu for updated shuttleoptions schedules and more and about green http://shuttle.gmu.edu more about transportation which save learn you money help http://shuttle.gmu.edu ScheduleSchedule (from SciTech - The Colgan) SciTech Campus shuttle runs seven days a week between the Fairfax and (from SciTech - Colgan) ation options which save you money and help lower CO2 emissions. 6:25am – 11:40pm Monday –Friday campuses. On Mon-Thu, the shuttle runs every thirty minutes during the Download the Mobile Mason app or go to mason.ridesystems.net to get real lower CO2 emissions. Schedule Fairfax-SciTech Campus Shuttle 6:25am – 11:40pmSciTech Monday –Friday day. The shuttle also stops at Manassas Mall between campuses. 9:00am – 7:00pm Saturday – Sunday time information on Mason Shuttles. Summer 2018 schedules available at Sandy Creek Metro 9:00am 7:00pm Saturday – Sunday 6:55am –– 10:15pm Monday – Friday The SciTech Campus shuttle runs seven days a week between the Fairfax and Sandyto Creek toShuttle Metro Shuttle http://shuttle.gmu.edu The shuttle runs between Sandy Creek Transit Center and Rappahannock River Ln ad the RideSystems app which can also be found on theCenter Mobile app go toLn Schedule (from SciTech - Colgan) SciTech campuses. On Mon-Thu, the shuttle runs every thirty minutes during the Download the Mobile Mason appSandy or go to mason.ridesystems.net to getor real The shuttle runs between Creek Transit andMason Rappahannock River 8:00am 7:00pm Saturday –Monday Sunday Schedule (from– Fairfax-Sandy Creek) (outgoing)/Finley Lot (incoming) on the Fairfax Campus and Vienna station, Schedule (fromalso Fairfax-Sandy Creek) 6:25am – 11:40pm –Friday The shuttle stops at Manassas Mall between campuses. idesystems.net to get real information onthe Mason Shuttles. (outgoing)/Finley LotShuttles. (incoming) on Fairfax Campus andMetro Vienna Metro station, time information ontime Mason Summer 2018 schedules available at 6:25amday. – 11:10pm Monday-Friday 9:00am – 7:00pm Saturday – Sunday 6:25am – 11:10pm Monday-Friday

including stops at Masonvale, Commerce, andCreek Fairfax Lee Highway & Circle Sandy toCircle Metro(atShuttle

including stops at Masonvale, Commerce, and Fairfax Circle (at Lee Highway & Circle 8:00am –8:00am 6:00pm–Saturday-Sunday Gunston’s Go-Bus http://shuttle.gmu.edu 6:00pm Saturday-Sunday Woods Drive). The shuttle runs between Sandy Creek Transit Center and Rappahannock River (from Ln Schedule SciTech - Colgan)

Woods Drive). Schedule (from Fairfax-Sandy Creek) (outgoing)/Finley Lot (incoming) on the Fairfax Campus and ViennaThe MetroGunston’s station, Go-Bus picks upMonday-Friday at Sandy Creek shuttle stop and provides servic 6:25am –& 11:40pm Monday –Friday Gunston’s Go-Bus 6:25am – 11:10pm (from Sandy to MetroSchedule Shuttle including stops at Masonvale, Commerce, and Fairfax Circle (at Lee Highway CircleGo-Bus Gunston’s Schedule (fromCreek) Sandy Creek) 8:00am – 6:00pm Saturday-Sunday Fairfax campus to University Mall, Fair Lakes Fair Oaks Mall, Ridge Top The Gunston Go-Bus picks up at Sandy Creek shuttle and Center, provides service 9:00am – 7:00pm Saturday – Sunday 6:00am –6:00am 11:45pm Monday – Thursday Woods Drive). Sandy Creek to Metro Shuttle The Gunston Go-Bus picks up at Sandy Creekstop shuttle stop and provides service – 11:45pm and Monday – Thursday tle runs between Fairfax Campus Vienna Metro station. On the weekend, the from Fairfax to University Mall, FairMall, Lakes Center, OaksFair Mall, Ridge 6:00am 1:15am Fairfax Corner, and Old Town Fairfax. fromCampus Fairfax Campus to University Fair LakesFair Center, Oaks Mall, Ridge shuttle –runs between Sandy Transit(from Center and Rappahannock River Ln Top Road, Gunston’s Go-Bus 6:00am –Friday 1:15am FridayCreek Schedule Sandy Creek) and Fairfax Corner. so stopsThe at8:00am Mason–8:00am Townhouses (at Chain Bridge Road & West St.) and Fairfax Circle Schedule (from Fairfax-Sandy Creek) 1:15am–Saturday Top Road, and Fairfax Corner.Go-Bus The Gunston picks up at Sandy Creek shuttle stop and provides service 6:00am – 11:45pm Monday ThursdayMetro station, Saturday (outgoing)/Finley Lot 1:15am (incoming) on the Fairfax Campus and –Vienna Schedule 8:00amWoods --11:15pm Sunday Sunday 6:00am – 1:15am Friday 6:25am – 11:10pm Monday-Friday Fairfax Campus to University Mall, Fair Lakes Center, Fair Oaks Mall, Ridge Highwayincluding & Circle Drive). 8:00am --11:15pm stops at Masonvale, Commerce, and Fairfax Circle (at Lee Highway & CircleSchedule: Mason Route from Top Road, and Fairfax Corner. Schedule: Mason Route 8:00am – 6:00pm Saturday-Sunday 8:00am – 1:15am Saturday Mason Route Global Center Metro to Shuttle 6:40am– 11:00pm Monday –Monday Friday – Friday Woods Drive). GlobaltoCenter Metro Shuttle e 6:40am– 11:00pm 8:00am --11:15pm Sunday The shuttle runs between Mason Global Center, RAC,the Rappahannock River Ln River LnFirst departure from Sandy Creek at Creek 7:20am Schedule: Mason Route 6:40am – 9:45pm Monday – at Friday The shuttle runs between Mason Globalthe Center, RAC, Rappahannock First departure from Sandy 7:20am Gunston’s Go-Bus – 11:00pm Monday – Thursday Schedule (from Sandy Creek) Global Center to Metro Shuttle Last departure from Sandy Creek at11:00pm 9:45pmatMonday (outgoing)/Finley Lot (incoming), Commerce, Fairfax Circle (atCircle Lee Highway & Circle & Circle 6:40am– – Friday LastRiver departure from Sandy Creek 9:45pm (outgoing)/Finley Lot (incoming), Commerce, Fairfax (at Lee Highway 3:00pm – Ln 9:45pm Sunday The shuttle runs between Mason Global Center, the RAC, Rappahannock FirstSaturday departure Sandy Creek Creek atshuttle 7:20am stop and provides service The Gunston Go-Bus picks up from at–Sandy 6:00am – 11:45pm Monday – Thursday Woods Drive) and Vienna Metro. – 12:00am Friday Woods Drive) and Vienna Metro. Last departure from Sandy CreekLakes at 9:45pm (outgoing)/Finley Lot (incoming), Commerce, Fairfax Circle (at Lee Highway & Circle 3:05pmfrom –3:05pm 11:00pm Saturday – to Sunday Fairfax Campus University Mall, Fair Center, Fair Oaks Mall, Ridge 6:00am – 1:15am Friday – 11:00pm Saturday – Sunday – 12:00am Schedule Saturday (from Global Center) George Route Woods Drive) and Vienna Metro. First departure from Sandy Creek at 3:45pm Schedule (from Global Center) Top Road, and Fairfax Corner. First departure from Sandy Creek atSaturday 3:45pm– Sunday 8:00am – 1:15am Saturday 3:05pm – 11:00pm 7:10am –7:10am 10:10pm Monday –Monday Thursday – 11:00pm Sunday Last departure from Sandy Creek at 9:45pm 3:00pm – 9:00pm Monday – Sunday (from Global Center) – 10:10pm –Schedule Thursday Last departure from Sandy Creek at Sandy 9:45pm First departure from Creek at 3:45pm 8:00am --11:15pm 7:40am-9:40am &Sunday 2:40pm-7:40pm Friday 7:10amFriday – 10:10pm Monday – Thursday 7:40am-9:40am & 2:40pm-7:40pm Last departure from Sandy Creek at 9:45pm Schedule: Route Schedule: GeorgeMason Route No weekend service. 7:40am-9:40am & 2:40pm-7:40pm Friday Express Schedule: GeorgeMonday Route – Friday No weekend Global Center to Metroservice. Shuttle 6:40am– 11:00pm 3:00pm –3:00pm 11:00pm MondaySchedule: –Monday Friday –George Metro Rail No weekend service. – 11:00pm FridayRoute Burke Centre VRE Express – FREE PARKING tle runs The between RiverExpress Ln, Fairfax Circle (at Lee PARKING Hwy & Circle shuttleRappahannock runs between Mason Global Center, the GARAGE RAC, Rappahannock RiverWoods Ln First departure First departure from3:00pm Sandy Creek at 7:20am from Sandy Creek at 3:05pm – 11:00pm – Friday Burke Centre VRE –GARAGE FREE First departure from Sandy atMonday 3:05pm The closest Metro stop inCreek Fairfax is Vienna Metro station on the Orange Line. Th Burke Centre VRE Express –shuttle FREEstop GARAGE PARKING The shuttle runs between Burke Centre VRE train station and Finley on the First departure fromat Sandy Creek at 3:05pm Last departure from Sandy Creek at 10:25pm Last departure from Sandy Creek 9:45pm (outgoing)/Finley Lot (incoming), Commerce, Fairfax Circle (at Lee Highway & Circle nd Vienna Metro. Check shuttle.gmu.edu for changes related to MetroSafe repairs. The shuttle runs between Burke Centreruns VREbetween train station and Finley shuttle stopand on Finley the shuttle Last departure from Sandy Creek at Sandy 10:25pm The shuttle Burke Centre VRE train station stop on the Last departure from Creek at 10:25pm DC. To visit the Arlington cam Line also goes to various locations in Washington, Fairfax Campus with stops at Sandy Creek and Masonvale (outgoing)(outgoing) and at Target, Woods Drive) and Vienna Metro. Fairfax Campus with stops at Sandy Creek and Masonvale and at Target, Fairfax Campus with stops at Sandy Creek and Masonvale and at Target, three stops on stops Zion Dr, Creek and Masonvale (incoming). The shuttle only runsonly (outgoing) 3:00pm - 3:00pm 10:00pm Saturday/Sunday e 3:05pm – -11:00pm Saturday –Sq-GMU Sunday the Orange Line to Virginia Metro station. three on Sandy Zion Dr, Sandy Creek and (incoming). shuttle runs 10:00pm Saturday/Sunday three stops on Masonvale Zion Dr, Sandy Creek and The Masonvale (incoming). shuttle only 3:00pm - 10:00pm Saturday/Sunday Schedule (from when the VRE Global trainVRE is inCenter) service only). Free garage parking is available at FirstatThe departure fromruns Sandy Creek at 3:05pm First Sandy Creek 3:45pm when the train is in(weekdays service only). garage parking available First departure from Sandy Creek atat 3:05pm – 10:35pm Monday – Thursday when(weekdays the VRE train is in Free service (weekdays only).is Free garage parking isdeparture available atfrom First departure from Sandy Creek at 3:05pm Metro Rail wmata.com/rail/maps/map. 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GRAB THESE

STUDENT

DEALS All Mason students have free access to CashCourse.org, an online tool designed to help you make informed financial choices through video tutorials, budget calculators, and more. Just log in with your Mason email address and start taking control of your financial future!

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or many incoming students, college is the first time

they are out on their own. For some this means paying

their own bills, buying their own food, or even paying for their

tuition. No matter what your situation is, there are many ways for students to save some money on their purchases while at Mason.

LOCAL DISCOUNTS Many local stores and restaurants offer

a student discount (with valid ID) even if they are not explicitly advertised, so it doesn’t hurt to ask! There are also a number of businesses in Fairfax

that accept Mason Money and offer

SUBSCRIPTIONS

SHOPPING

All Mason students are eligible for a

Fairfax Corner has an entire website

Times and on-campus students receive

dedicated to student discounts that

free online subscription to The New York access to HBO GO. You can also

download the entire Microsoft Office 365 suite with your MasonLive email

address. Lynda.com’s library of online

(www.fairfaxcorner.com/promotions)

cover yoga classes, movie tickets, and

more! Many stores at Fair Oaks Mall also offer student discounts, so make sure to bring your student ID next

discounts. Here is a partial list:

• University Mall Giant: 5% off

• Chuy’s Tex-Mex: Free queso & chips for students

• Cinema Arts Theatres: Student tickets are $10 every day (only $6.50 all day on College Tuesdays!)

• Paisano’s Pizza: Special Mason deals

time you shop at the following stores:

• Twins Ace Hardware: $7 off purchases over $35

edu to explore available topics).

• Express (15%) • Ann Taylor (15%) • J. Crew (15%) • Banana Republic (15%)

• University Mall Theatres: $3 tickets • Zaytoon Pizzeria: 20% off

MUSIC

MOVIES

TRAVEL

Students that have proof of college or

The Student Involvement office in The

Students are eligible to receive 15%

a half-price monthly membership to

tickets to students with a valid Mason

booked at least three days in advance.

training modules is also free for Mason faculty and students (visit lynda.gmu.

university enrollment are eligible for streaming services like Apple Music

or Spotify (currently $4.99 per month; includes a free Hulu subscription!). It

is easy to sign up for either service and all you need is a Mason email address.

Hub (Room 2300) offers free movie

ID every week. University Mall Theatres

is just a short walk from campus (located across from EagleBank Arena on

Braddock Rd.) and a perfect way to relax without breaking the bank.

off their Amtrak fares when trips are

StudentUniverse.com is a great resource for 18-25 year olds that offers free

memberships and access to “special rates on flights, hotels, and tours that allow

students to travel more and spend less.” Summer /Fall 2018 | 39


ANNUAL SPIRIT EVENTS:

A PLACE TO C A L L

HOME

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Mason Mayhem (August) College Colors Day (September) Mason Madness (October) Gold Rush (November) Homecoming (February) Mason Day (April)

REBECCA DURANT Staff Writer

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I joined several organizations, including Mason Ambassadors, Pi Beta Phi, and Mason Spirit Squad. These organizations were where I found some of my best friends and ultimately began to shape my 40 | Freshman Focus

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Durant

I came to George Mason University as a girl that grew up in a small town in New Jersey. This meant leaving all my friends and family behind to begin a new journey. While I was beyond ready to begin my experience here at Mason, I knew that a lot would change. Being the only graduating senior from my high school to attend Mason, I knew that I would need to make new friends, join new clubs, and find a new job; basically start a new life in a new place. While I was a bit nervous about this, it turned out to be easy to accomplish.

Photo courtesy of outofstate.gmu.edu

ow it looks like she is having so much fun in college” and “I’ve never seen anyone have more fun in college than Rebecca” were what I was told as people admired my Facebook album entitled, “GMU Part 1”. As my freshman year here at Mason comes to a close, I can attest that, yes, both of those statements are true.

“THE STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND PRIDE HERE AT MASON HELPED ME TO ADAPT TO A BRAND NEW ATMOSPHERE.” experience here at Mason. I also adjusted very well with my academics, work, and living on my own. With the strong sense of community and pride here at Mason, I can easily say that helped me to adapt to a brand new atmosphere. Wrapping up the end of my freshman year, there is no other university that would have given me the experience to grow as

A HOME AWAY FROM HOME • Out-of-state students make up over 20% of Mason’s undergraduate population • Mason students represent all 50 states and over 125 countries around the world • Orientation and Family Programs and Services hosts special events each year including Out-ofState Student Week and a reception during Family Weekend in November LEARN MORE:

outofstate.gmu.edu both an individual and a student. The spontaneous trips to D.C., the National Harbor, and Harpers Ferry with friends are what make the Mason experience what it is. I am truly grateful to have found Mason, a place I can call home.


F I N D YO U R K E Y TO

PERSONAL

SUCCESS YUN ZHAO Staff Writer

Since I first stepped foot into this country in 2013, I have developed a goal of becoming a forensic officer. The reason I decided to attend Mason and pursue a degree in forensic science is not only because science is my favorite subject, but I also believe that forensic science is the way to bring about justice in America. Multiculturalism has become a critical factor for everyone in the United States. I wish to serve as a communicator whenever there is a need for the exchange of information and dialogue between Chinese and English-speaking people in the field. Mason offers students a ton of opportunities to further develop their character and further the knowledge required for their personal success. I

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ecoming a freshman in college is one of the biggest transitions a young adult can make. Now that I have completed my freshman year, I have some more insight on the differences of college and high school, and I have also learned some things along the way. But first, let’s go back to the most rewarding and indescribable moment I ever had — fully committing to George Mason University!

often come out of my classes thinking, “Wow, I have learned so much. I feel so much more enriched and educated now.” It’s nice to just soak those experiences up like a sponge. The two courses I took for my major are taught by retired FBI agents; both of them gave informative lectures and told stories from their former FBI careers, further benefiting my education. I also believe joining a club or organization is the key to making new friends and feeling like you’re really apart of Mason. I missed being involved in something until I joined Patriot Activity Council and Forensic Science Club. I’ve been able to get myself involved, meet so many interesting and diverse people, and gain some new experiences along the

CULTURE CLUB • Over 125 countries are represented on campus • International Week has been held each April for nearly 40 years and includes a parade, dance competition, and more! (iweek.gmu.edu) • A variety of workshops and advising programs are offered each semester for international students LEARN MORE:

oips.gmu.edu way, which is what college is all about. Mason can truly give you an incredible experience. If you take advantage of all it has to give, and study something you truly love, you will find so much joy. Summer /Fall 2018 | 41


(WON’T YOU)

BE MY NEIGHBOR?

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All freshman students live on campus. Here are a few things you should know:

TRADITIONAL VS. SUITE The biggest difference between traditional and suite style is that traditional housing has shared community restrooms. Suites consist of two rooms with a bathroom in the middle.

PRESIDENTS PARK Presidents Park is a traditional-style freshman housing area located in the Shenandoah Neighborhood. In the center of the complex is Eisenhower Hall, which supports the community with a study lounge, TV lounge with vending machines for snacks, 24-hour service desk, and professional staff offices.

THE COMMONS The Commons is a traditional-style freshman housing area located in the center of campus. The Commons are part of the Rappahannock Neighborhood. Hanover Hall is the central community building featuring a study lounge, TV lounge, classroom spaces, common kitchen area, vending area, and professional staff offices.

COMMONWEALTH & DOMINION Commonwealth and Dominion both house freshman students in suite-style double-occupancy rooms, located in the Rappahannock Neighborhood. Both buildings include a reception area, lounge, vending and laundry facilities. Photos courtesy of Creative Services

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WHAT TO BRING

AND WHAT TO LEAVE

PERSONAL FAN

WINTER GEAR

LAUNDRY BASKET

While all residence halls have both heating and A.C., most freshman halls operate on a two-pipe system, which means when Mason turns on the heat, the heat stays on until spring. Bring a personal fan to make your room more comfortable and ease any temperature disagreements with your roommate.

Winter can strike as early as October and NOVA weather is known to be unpredictable. While you probably don’t need your entire winter wardrobe in August, bring a coat, some gloves, and a hat so you can fend off the cold if necessary. Then you can make the rest of your seasonal swap around Thanksgiving to maximize closet space.

The best way to keep your space as open and fresh as possible is to have an easily accessible laundry basket to contain all your dirty clothes until laundry day. Keep your space beautiful and your roommates happy!

DISH SOAP & SPONGE While the dining halls take care of the clean-up there, when you are craving a hot pocket or some ramen late night in your room you are bound to dirty a few dishes. Rather than have them rot on your desk or the floor and gross out your roommate, take out your handy dish soap and sponge and give everything a quick rinse in the bathroom sink or community kitchen. Your roommates (and your immune system) will thank you!

ACRONYMS TO KNOW Resident Assistants (RA)

Resident Student Association (RSA)

Student staff that live in the halls and serve as the main contact for students living on campus.

Resident Directors (RD)

RSA is an advocate for on-campus students’ needs. They address problems, concerns, and questions you might have, and they represent the collective interests of oncampus students.

Professional staff members living on campus to answer questions, furnish information on helpful resources, and provide stability and guidance.

They meet every Wednesday at 5:00 pm in the Piedmont Multipurpose Room and is open to all residential students.

POSTERS & PHOTOS An empty room can feel a lot like an asylum. Make the space your own with pictures of your friends and family or hang up posters of your favorite movies. Tapestries are also a good option, but make sure you talk to your RA first.

ALSO BRING: • Sealed unit coffee maker (e.g. Keurig) • Microwave (700 watts max)

• UL-Approved Surge Protectors

• Mini Fridge (3.3 cu ft. maximum or 4.3 cu ft Energy Star Certified)

PROHIBITED ITEMS: • Incense, Candles, Oil Lamps • Traditional Plug-in Air Fresheners • Black Lights, Spider Lamps • Extension Cords • Appliances not listed here • Vaporizers and E-Cigarettes • Hoverboards Summer /Fall 2018 | 45


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Living Learning Communities (LLCs) offer students an opportunity to become more connected on campus! Live with peers that share your same major, identity or interests. Receive additional student support with residential student staff connected to your LLCs (Peer Mentor and Resident Advisor). Our Living Learning Communities offer additional connections to curriculum outside the classroom, and connect with staff and faculty through off- and on-campus events. LLCs offered for 2018-2019 are listed, as well as our partners who make these experiences possible:  Business LLC (School of Business)  Arts LLC (College of Visual and Performing Arts)  Volgenau School of Engineering LLC (Volgenau School of Engineering)  Honors LLC (Honors College)  Leadership & Community Engagement LLC (SAIL)  Mindful Living LLC (Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing)  Outdoor Adventure LLC (College of Education and Human Development)  Environment & Sustainability LLC (Office of Sustainability and the School of Integrative Studies)  The First (ODIME)  Global Patriots (Office of International Programs and Services)  LGBTQ+ LLC (LGBTQ Resources) Questions? Email llc@gmu.edu or call 703-993-6674. For more information visit llc.gmu.edu or find us on social media (Facebook as @LLCs.Mason, Twitter and Instagram as @MasonLLCs)!


F I N D YO U R F I R S T - Y E A R S U C C E S S :

UNIV 100 ALEX DZURICKY Contributor

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Take it from me: one of the wisest choices you can make right now is signing up for University 100 (UNIV 100) for your first semester. Worth one credit, this class will be your cheat sheet for transitioning into college and making sure you thrive and survive here. It’s a lowstress, casual environment where the curriculum is tailored to address your needs. It can be anywhere from pragmatic things like accessing campus resources, developing your professionalism, and connecting to opportunities you may not hear about elsewhere to more sensitive things like dealing with roommate problems, trouble making friends, and

UNIVERSITY 100 CURRICULUM TOPICS • Academic success • Adjusting to college Photo courtesy of Alex Dzuricky

ou want to get the most out of your time here at college, and there’s no shortage of people willing to offer you some advice. You’ve already made the right choice in coming to Mason, but your decision-making doesn’t end there. Maybe you’re still asking yourself, “what should I choose for a major?” or “what clubs should I join?” or “what classes should I take?” Maybe you’ve already got most of that squared away, but there’s still more for you to find that you didn’t even know.

• Stress management • Health and mental well-being • Effective study habits • Major & career exploration • Time & money management

“UNIV 100 IS YOUR

• Introduction to campus resources

CHEAT SHEET FOR

• Communication skills

TRANSITIONING INTO COLLEGE AND MAKING SURE YOU THRIVE AND SURVIVE.” managing stress. All the while you’ll be forming bonds that can last you the rest of your college career. It’s not uncommon to meet your best friend in UNIV 100, and if you find yourself needing guidance down the road, you can return to the connections you made with both your teachers and your peers from that course. Speaking of which, one of your teachers will be a student themselves,

• Diversity awareness • Campus involvement LEARN MORE:

transitions.gmu.edu likely only a year or two older than you and able to share with you the college experience as something between a mentor and a friend. I immediately applied to become a Peer Advisor myself after taking the class, and now I get to pass on the things I learned and the fun I had to new students. It is easily the most rewarding part of my life here at Mason, and I have a feeling that you’ll agree once you’ve taken this class. Summer /Fall 2018 | 49


TA K E A DVA N TA G E O F

ACADEMIC

ADVISING ETHAN H. REYNOLDS Editor-in-Chief

Meeting new people and making connections can be a bit tough, but the people who work in this field are prepared to answer any question you have, and if they do not have the answer they will point you to someone who does. Advisors are a serious advantage to people who utilize them and usually get ahead faster and easier through their education than others who do not. Here are some tips that will help you make the most of your advising visit:

1

CHECK AVAILABILITY FIRST. Some advisors accept walk-ins, meaning you will not have to schedule a time to come in, but many require you to sign-up for a time to meet with them.

2

LOCATE THEIR OFFICE. Sometimes advisors are in an office that they reside in after classes, or sometimes they are in an academic building.

3

DON’T BE NERVOUS! Advisors are friendly people, and their job is to help you out, so don’t be scared to ask questions!

4 5 6

COME PREPARED. Make sure you have something to write with and some paper in case you need to take notes!

ASK THEM ANYTHING you aren’t sure about. Advisers have heard it all before and they will ALWAYS give you an answer! BE COMFORTABLE with getting to know people and associating with the many tools on campus. The people you might meet might be friends for life, and many unfamiliar offices and organizations have a service you may need in the future.

The Center for Academic Advising, Retention, & Transitions is dedicated to helping you achieve academic success. Learn more at advising.gmu.edu.

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“My advisor, Dr. Hurley, is absolutely amazing. He has helped me get through the tough times, registering for classes and even tutoring me for exams when my professor couldn’t follow through. He is in the Psychology Department for undergraduates and I am so lucky to have him!” — Selena Janelle Winston, Psychology “I went into my appointment with a lot of questions, came out with all of them answered and even had answers to questions that I didn’t even know I needed to ask!” — Stephanie Trejo, Integrative Studies “I saw the advisors take their time and put effort in with each student. They went through my worries and questions one by one and I utilized their walk-in hours often. They also were very understanding and did not make me feel judged at all since I was having trouble deciding on a major and picking appropriate classes. Their suggestions were very helpful.” — Stephen Buchanan, Global Affairs

Quotes reprinted from Freshman Focus 2016

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eginning your freshman year is something you should be excited for, as events and opportunities are around every corner on campus! One of the most vital parts to not only your freshman experience, but your entire college career is your academic advisor.


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3+3 ACCELERATED DEGREE PROGRAM

BACHELOR + JURIS DOCTOR

The 3+3 Program provides a fast track to a career in law, allowing you to join the legal profession one year earlier. After three years of undergraduate study, you do not return to the undergraduate college for a senior year; rather, you enter Scalia Law as a full-time, first year law student. The program will save you one year’s worth of tuition and time.

Mackenzi Siebert, Class of ’17

Intern, U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee “Mason’s accessibility to the greater DC metro area has opened up doors for me not only in DC proper, but throughout the northern Virginia region. I am pursuing a career in litigation with a DC firm, and I can’t imagine a better place to train and prepare for that career than at Mason.”

Rodger Nayak, Class of ’17

Fall Honors Intern, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission “I knew I wanted to pursue regulatory law as a career and when researching schools in the area, George Mason seemed far stronger than any other school I was considering. Mason’s closeness to D.C. sets it apart and its tuition rates for Virginia residents make it a much better deal that other schools nearby.”

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Peer Student Success Coaching Do you Feel unsure about your future plans or your major? Want to strengthen your campus connection? Want to make the most of your first year at Mason?

A Peer Coach can help At a scope, the program pairs new incoming freshmen and transfer students alike with one of our many trained and experienced coaches to help provide resources, advice, and guidance they need to gain the most out of their first year at Mason.

Apply for a coach To apply for a coach or find out more information please visit us at studentsuccess.gmu.edu!

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MY TIME @

MASON

An interview with actor and alumnus Jesse Robinson.

MELISSA GURMAN & JESSICA SMITH Student Media Staff

Q

Tell us a little about your past acting experience and what you hope to accomplish by moving to L.A.?

A

I started acting when I was younger in middle and high school plays. I took classes in L.A., got lucky and was in a few short feature films. I came back to Mason for college and there were so many opportunities that I could perform every day of the week by hosting a radio show, participating in improv, or a main stage theatre show. That led to a couple bigger projects and I was lucky enough to be featured in two national commercials for GEICO and Bethesda Software. Because of this I became a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and that has all led up to 54 | Freshman Focus

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ason alumnus Jesse Robinson graduated in 2016 and was involved with Student Media all four years. He also participated in the Mason Improv Association and acted in productions put on by the Theatre Department. Since graduation, he has starred in two national commercials and is about to move to Los Angeles to pursue his lifelong passion for acting. Here are some highlights from his Mason experience and a few helpful tips for those chasing their dreams:

this move to L.A. I have a few meetings lined up and I am just going to go for it!

Q

What was the most influential part of your Mason experience and how did that set you up for success?

A

Student Media really helped me come into my own and make the most of my time here. I started in the COMM 148 Radio Workshop course as a freshman and that evolved into WGMU involvement that lasted all 4 years. I was able to host, announce, broadcast, write, and so much more. I would pinpoint Student Media, the Mason Improv Association, and the Mason Theatre Department as the cornerstones of my development as a performer. Being around likeminded

individuals who share your passion, pushes you to be even better. Learning to take everything in stride and take rejection not as a personal slight, but as an opportunity for improvement was an important lesson to learn.

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How did you balance all your extracurriculars with academics?

My advice would be to make the most of your freshman year to find out what you are interested in and then pick three or four things you enjoy to take seriously. You have to prioritize academics, self-care, passions, and a social life. It takes some time to find a happy medium, but the important thing is to put yourself out there and make the most of your time at Mason!


MY TIME @ MASON R E F L E C T I O N S F R O M T H E C L A S S O F 2018

“The best experience I had at Mason was being active in my community through the Resident Student Association. I loved planning and attending block parties and events for on campus students as well as advocating for residents with campus partners! Through Mason and RSA I have become a better leader and understand the importance of building a better community for everyone!”

TABITHA JACKSON Social Work

DEANNA LEE Public Administration

FATMATA JARR Communication

“Working on campus with The George Mason Review was an integral part of my Mason career. Serving as Editor-in-Chief helped me grow intellectually, professionally, and personally. I am incredibly saddened to leave GMR behind.”

NINA MOTAZEDI Conflict Analysis & Resolution

KAITLYN KOEGLER Communication

“I found family on campus and Student Media taught me all I know about being a professional in the communication industry. Having the opportunity to serve in leadership positions as SPJ President and CoEditor-in-Chief of Fourth Estate reminded me I have the passion and skills to succeed, if only I take risks.”

FAREEHA REHMAN

“The best thing about Mason is that it feels like home. It was more than just a group of people or a close community. I felt like I was part of one giant family. Professors and students really care for one another, work together, support each other, and encourage each other to be their best selves.”

“Mason is definitely what you make of it. Find some amazing people and the years fly by.”

“My best moments at Mason were always the small ones; being with close friends all the time, staying up all night, getting to study something I love. College is a special time because you start to feel like an adult while still maintaining the same excitement, energy and free time you had as a kid. Don’t let it pass you by too quickly; cherish it above all else.”

Communication

BENJAMIN LAMESIC Information Technology

“At Mason I found a home away from home filled with people who became blood and helped me tremendously — I found a family.”

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MY TIME @

MASON

Seniors take a look back at their Mason careers.

SALVATORE PITINO Alumni, Class of 2018

D

uring senior year of high school, choosing the perfect college is a high priority. But like many others, I was unsure which school was the right fit for me.

When I began my journey at Mason, I knew I wanted to become involved. Before starting my first class, I interviewed for a Communication Team Member position within the Office of Student Media, and the office became my home for the next four years. Throughout my time there, I held positions such as Communications Team Specialist and Communications Manager. In the process, I grew as a student and as a professional. I had the privilege of working as a liaison between student groups and administrative staff, 56 | Freshman Focus

“YOUR PARTICIPATION IN LEADERSHIP ROLES WILL HELP YOU GROW AS A STUDENT, A LEADER, AND A PROFESSIONAL.�

Photo courtesy of Salvatore Pitino

Upon seeing Mason for the first time, the feel of the campus mesmerized me. The beautiful landscape and inviting open space for learning fit my vision of a perfect campus. On my tour, I learned about the academic programs and professional connections that Mason could offer me. Combined, the tour and environment, won me over and I decided to attend Mason as part of the Class of 2018.

making numerous connections on campus while developing important skills for the workforce. While I worked at Student Media during the day, I began a second job on campus within Housing and

Residence Life as a Neighborhood Assistant. After developing a strong bond with the housing staff and students on campus, I was recommended to apply for the Resident Advisor role. I was selected as a Resident Advisor for


WEB studyabroad.gmu.edu • EMAIL GoAbroad@gmu.edu • PHONE 703-993-2154 the 2015-2016 academic year and have remained in the role through my commencement from Mason. Over the past three years, I have been able to help first-year students transition into the Mason community, as well as worked with upperclassmen to expand their horizons and make the most of their time at Mason. In addition to the abundance of opportunities for students to work, Mason is home to hundreds of student organizations. During my first year, I joined the Alpha Delta Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, where I took on the positions of Treasurer and Risk Management. Simultaneously, I re-introduced the GMU Italian Club (Il Club Bel Paese) back to campus. During my junior year, I served as president with the goals of expanding

membership and the Italian-American experience to the Mason community. During my last year at Mason, I joined Sigma Phi Epsilon, a social fraternity with a large alumni community of brothers. Along with joining student organizations, the connections you can make with the Mason professors and faculty are invaluable. Staying after class, attending your professor’s office hours, or meeting faculty and staff outside the classroom is critical to your future success. After taking an Airline Economics course, I connected with my professor who was a former CEO of an airline in the United States over our passion for the aviation industry. With our connections, he was able to recommend me for a prestigious internship with JetBlue

Airways. A year later, through talking with a professor in my accelerated master’s program, I landed an internship with the Transportation Security Administration, a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security. You never know where or when your next opportunity will pop up while at Mason. Had it not been for Mason, these opportunities would not have been possible. Class of 2022, I encourage you to make the most of your Mason experience. Join a club, pursue an on-campus job, or engage in an internship. These connections and your participation in leadership roles will help you grow as a student, a leader, and a professional. As a recent alum, I would like to be one of the first to welcome you as a Mason Patriot! Summer /Fall 2018 | 57


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Seniors take a look back at their Mason careers.

CHARLES STRIMEL Alumni, Class of 2018

However, despite these challenges, it made me a better employee and student. The job forces you to manage your time, be responsible, and teaches skills that law enforcement agencies want like radio communication, traffic control, and remaining calm in tense situations. 58 | Freshman Focus

2016

2018

Photos courtesy of Charles Strimel

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oining the George Mason Police Cadet Program the second semester of my freshman year was probably the best decision I made during my time at Mason. The Cadet Program is essentially a student security force that offers a unique opportunity to work directly with the George Mason Police Department and provides students with skills relevant to a career in law enforcement. I joined in January of 2016 and have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the program. However, it was not always easy. Because the program is designed to represent a police agency, there are late nights, many rules, and a lot of time outside. Cadets work until 2 or 2:30 am and have a manual of more than 50 pages. We are also expected to perform our duties in all weather conditions except severe snow and ice. Because of this, I have spent many hours directing traffic in the cold and rain.

“THE JOB FORCES YOU TO MANAGE YOUR TIME, BE RESPONSIBLE, AND TEACHES SKILLS THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WANT.” The Cadet Program also focused my career aspirations. Going into college,

I knew I wanted to do something in law enforcement but I did not know much about the difference between local, state, and federal agencies or what their day-to-day operations look like. Because of the program, I knew I wanted to do local law enforcement and the program actually helped me secure a position with the George Mason Police Department as an officer shortly after graduation!

PROGRAM FACTS • Established in July 2003 • All cadets are required to complete 102 hours of training designed by law enforcement members • Mason cadets are nonsworn officers and do not have powers of arrest • “Committed to the prevention and control of crime, protection of life, and safeguarding of property through vigilant patrol” LEARN MORE:

police.gmu.edu I can easily say that the Police Cadet Program has been invaluable to my success as a student and will be a large factor in my success as a police officer.


Living at George Mason University is one of the best ways to get the most out of your college experience. As part of the on-campus community, you'll have front-door access to the best services and amenities available to Mason students. Not to mention you’ll never be late for class because you couldn't ďŹ nd a parking spot! From convenient access to campus, living with a community of your peers, and the support of our staff, we are conďŹ dent Mason will feel like home in no time.


HAPPY

BIRTHDAY,

GEORGE! E

ach December, Student Media hosts Happy Birthday, George!, a fun and educational event held to honor our university namesake’s legacy and ideas and de-stress with friends and faculty before the start of fall finals. Mason’s birthday bash includes raffle prizes, live music, cake, guest speakers, and more.

GEORGE MASON December 11, 1725 – October 7, 1792 Known to history as the “Father of the Bill of Rights,” George Mason was an American Patriot and is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights that was later used as a model for the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known today as the Bill of Rights. As an advocate for individual liberty, one of Mason’s most important contributions was that of the freedom of speech.

George Mason, who famously refused to sign the U.S. Constitution because it lacked strong protections for specific individual freedoms, served in Virginia’s House of Burgesses and was a neighbor of George Washington (Mason’s Gunston Hall is located just a few miles down the Potomac River from Washington’s Mount Vernon). Among his many contributions to American democracy is the drafting of the Virginia Declaration of Rights that later served as a template for the U.S. Constitution’s first ten amendments. George’s unwavering commitment to personal liberty earned him the nickname “Father of the Bill of Rights,” and helped secure the “five freedoms” guaranteed to all Americans under the First Amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly, and redress of grievances). Those very freedoms that George Mason fought for so passionately are critical to the work of Student Media today — most notably the freedom of speech and of the press. As the home of Mason’s official student newspaper, radio station, television network, magazines, and literary journals, Student Media invites all Mason students, faculty, and staff to celebrate these now-inalienable rights with us at Happy Birthday, George! We hope you’ll join us in 2018 as George turns 293! u Visit studentmedia.gmu.edu to learn more about getting involved.

“The fact is unquestionable, that the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of Virginia, were drawn originally by George Mason, one of our greatest men, and of the first order of greatness.” — Thomas Jefferson April 3, 1825 Photos courtesy of Student Media

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