To the Class of 2018:
Welcome to Mason!
Fellow Patriots, you are officially members of the best community Virginia has to offer. Congratulations on making it this far in your quest for academic development and personal enlightenment. The next four years of your life will be full of some of the most exciting, difficult, and fulfilling moments you will ever experience. You will have opportunities meet the most amazing people and to do things you have never dreamt of!
You are about to enter a time in your life where you will be challenged to think independently and stretch yourself far beyond the limits you have become accustomed to. While you are here at Mason, be sure to take courses that challenge and excite you, apply for internships, join clubs, engage in different leadership roles, and do anything else that will introduce you to what could become your passion and open doors to the rest of your life! As opposed to viewing the “college experience” as simply a trip from point A to point B, try seeing this time as a journey where the prize is not solely attained at the end, but rather collected throughout the entirety of your voyage.
Remember that the next four years are for YOU. This is the time for you to develop into the person that you want to be for the rest of your life. From this point on, all decisions you make need to be based on what is best for YOU (don’t take these decisions lightly!). As young adults, we find ourselves charged with the task of carving out a life-path with the end goal of becoming quality citizens of this world. We will never be able to accomplish this task if the societal role we are playing is one that we are not confident or sure of. Independence can be a very invigorating and terrifying experience. Therefore, it is important to utilize your time now to the best of your abilities to prepare yourself for the future. We know you can do it and it’s important that you recognize that too! As another piece of advice – be sure to have these important conversations about your journey with family and friends; don’t try to make your way through this voyage alone! It’s imperative to have a strong support network, as the people closest to you can sometimes offer the best advice in the event that you’re feeling unsure of what the next step in your journey should be.
Now it’s time for you to go out and have fun, make mistakes, and achieve your goals! Remember that there will be people every step of the way to help you. You can find students and faculty in the Office of Student Involvement in the HUB, who love nothing more than mentoring and informing students of the great services and opportunities Mason has to offer. Our office is located there as well, so don’t be afraid to peek in, say hello, and ask us any questions you may have. Now that we’ve gotten you excited and ready to go, put your helmets on and buckle up, because you’re in for an exciting ride! WELCOME TO MASON!
All the Best,
Phil Abbruscato & Dilan Wickrema
Student Body President & Vice President
Student Government – sg.gmu.edu