It’s a Gradstravaganza!

Posted: September 12, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: September 13, 2013 at 7:13 am

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By Michele McDonald

Grad students got to network and have fun at the first Gradstravaganza. Photo by Will Martinez

Grad students got to network and have fun at the first Gradstravaganza. Photo by Will Martinez

Graduate students may have the college experience down pat but they still need some guidance — and a little fun wouldn’t hurt either.

Enter the first-ever Gradstravaganza at George Mason University. About 300 graduate students attended the resource fair last week to enjoy some free food, door prizes, balloon creations and caricatures.

Plus, they were able to network with other grad students, gather information about George Mason resources and receive “We are Mason Grad Students” T-shirts.

Gradstravaganza began as a conversation this summer between Cody Edwards, associate provost for graduate education, and Julie Choe Kim, director of graduate student life. They wanted to “provide a campuswide welcome to all Mason graduate students, promote a sense of interdisciplinary community among graduate students, help graduate students connect to campus resources and promote engagement with the campus community,” Kim says.

The Provost’s Office, Graduate Student Life, the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) and the Office of Student Involvement collaborated on the event. Sara Morrisroe, associate director of Student Involvement and GAPSA advisor, was instrumental in making the event a success, Kim adds.

Beautiful late-summer weather inspired the outdoor gathering. Photo by Will Martinez

Beautiful late-summer weather inspired the outdoor gathering. More events especially for grad students are planned. Photo by Will Martinez

Gradstravaganza hit all the highlights such as pointing students to helpful resources and giving students a chance to meet each other. “It serves as a great venue for meeting other graduate students, which helps with networking and also in forming support groups,” Edwards says. “For our students to succeed, they need a strong foundation of support from mentors, peers, administrators and more.”

For those who missed Gradstravaganza, there will be other events — found here —geared for grad students.

“This event was a great way to say ‘thank you’ and ‘we appreciate you and all you do for Mason,’” Edwards says. “There is much to be done to enhance the graduate student experience at Mason. This event is simply one of many planned efforts focused on reinforcing Mason’s emphasis on educational excellence.”

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