As you begin your college journey, I urge you to invest in yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in everyone and all that college has to offer. You meet so many different people in your classes, in your residence halls and in different clubs and organizations. You get wrapped up in those people, so you quickly lose sight of your own goals, wants and needs.

Hi, my name’s Madi. I’m a junior, almost a senior here at Mason, and I want you to help yourself. I have three tips for investing in yourself using resources readily available here at George Mason.

  1. Take a University course! Mason offers a unique array of simple university courses that’ll provide you with resources that last beyond your time here. I’m a Peer Advisor, which means I teach University 100, our most basic university course. My job is to provide students with the knowledge of resources on campus, such as counseling or tutoring services, as well as larger life skills, including resume workshops and conflict resolution. They don’t stop at this basic level – Mason offers university courses on career readiness and well-being. Taking the time to fit these simple courses in the schedule will benefit you in the long run.
  2. Join an organization! There are roughly 350 registered student organizations at George Mason. Those clubs vary from sports-focused to arts-focused to environmental-focused. There’s a wide variety of students on this campus with a wide variety of interests, so there’s bound to be something for you. Even if your friends don’t have the same interest as you, take that leap of faith, even if you’re alone, and do something as simple as attend an interest meeting. If you don’t like it, that’s okay! That’s why it’s called an interest meeting. If you like it, then become an official member — you could be opening up many doors for yourself. I joined Mason Ambassadors Fall of my freshman year, and since then, I’ve had the opportunity to hold two leadership positions, including President this year.
  3. Make an appointment with services on campus! From career services to the writing center, Mason offer a number of free resources that typically cost money elsewhere. By simply making an appointment with one of these offices, you could be setting yourself up for your future. Just last week, I met with a representative in career services. I was frazzled about resumes, cover letters and internships, but he helped me talk through it. He helped me feel more prepared to talk about myself and my experiences in an interview the following week. That’s how I got my summer internship.

You’re paying to attend this university, so why not get your money’s worth? You can stretch your time here to be beneficial outside of school. There’s so much that lies ahead of you – on this campus & in life – but you’ll never know what’s there until you trust yourself. Take a university course, join an organization, make an appointment with services on campus. It’s here for you, Patriots … so, help yourself. 

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