Dear Mason Patriot,

Let us be one of the first to welcome you and congratulate you on starting this incredible and rewarding journey at George Mason University! We are excited to meet many of you and hope that your next few years here at Mason, are the best of your life. There are amazing people to meet within this University. As you move forward, we encourage you to engage with other students, faculty, and staff members. Together, you can create impactful change that will influence your life in a way you never could have imagined.

Coming to a university can have its challenges, but with the right approach, every single one of you will succeed and excel in your campus community. Part of the right approach is making use of the resources you have at your disposal to get involved and love the things you’re doing at Mason. It’s not a hard first step, so take that leap of faith to scope out one of our 350+ student organizations, run for a Student Government position, become a Patriot Leader, even impact a floor of students and apply to be a Resident Advisor; the opportunities are endless, but you have to take the first step. This journey through college can’t always be planned because it is so heavily impacted by the endless opportunities and connections you make along the way. Step out of your comfort zone and let those opportunities happen.

It’s okay if you trip along the way—we all do. The fundamental difference between those that succeed and those that fail is the ability to get back up from a failure and keep pursuing that goal. Know if ever you fall, there will be someone to pick you up. Whether it be your RA, or your Patriot Leader, or your friend two doors down, you will naturally grow a strong network of support systems during your time here. This experience is exciting and challenging all at the same time, but you are not in this alone. The goal of the University is to craft you into a person who will go into the world and make a positive impact. Choices that are made at this level truly have a bearing on what the future holds. Embrace those opportunities, build your character, and enjoy those moments with the connections you have made here.

Now the torch is passed to you. The next few years are in your hands, and you must choose how to make them your own. If you ever need anything, you can always find students in the Student Involvement Office in The Hub, Room 2300, and our office is located there as well. Please do not hesitate to reach out or stop by at any time. We look forward to seeing you around campus, and we both can’t wait to see what each and every single one of you are capable of doing at this amazing University.

Welcome to Mason!

Nathan Pittman & Gaby Peda

Student Body President and Vice President