George Mason University Freshman II
Name: Arielle Flax
Year You’re Graduating: 2015 (hopefully)
1. Why did you pick George Mason University?
It wasn’t my first choice in the beginning, but after touring the campus and learning about the program offered here it rose in my list.
2. How different is college from high school?
It’s sooo different. I remember being in high school and hearing college kids say how different it was. And I thought “Ok, I get it. It’s different.” But I feel now that no one can really understand what college is like until you actually go. There is no way to describe the college experience to someone who hasn’t been yet. It’s liberation. It’s community. It’s responsibility. It’s confidence. It’s so many things.
3. Do you commute or live on campus?
I live on campus. I didn’t pick my roommates beforehand but I picked a quad. I’ve roomed with other people before, from siblings to camp-mates to summer program, so I wasn’t worried about sharing a room.
4. George Mason University touts itself as the most diverse school in the nation, how do you think the diverse population helps expose you to new cultures on campus?
I love the diversity here. I’m Jewish, and it’s really nice to be in a place where being different isn’t out of the ordinary. There are a lot of Jews here. And Muslims. And Christians. And Athiests. And there’s a melting pot of cultures and races as well. I love learning about other people and lifestyles. I believe it makes me a more well-rounded person.
5. If you were giving a tour of campus to freshmen where would you take them that most tour guides wouldn’t take them to?
I would take them to Harrison 3rd. It’s not my floor, but I spend a lot of time there. I love how close their floor is and I want to show how living in a place with a bunch of people your own age can be a wonderful and fun experience.
6.What is there to do on the weekends at George Mason? Parties, student organizations, visit home?
There’s “Weekends at Mason” a group that organizes fun things to do on the weekend. There’s always going be parties, because hey, it’s college. But there are also movies being shown at the Johnson Center (with free popcorn!) and there are fun, creative, events to go to.
7. Do you have a college bucketlist (list of things you want to do before you graduate)?
Yes. I want to get A’s and B’s every semester from now on. I also want to wear the Mason Patriot costume. And I want to meet all the redheads in my class and take pictures with them.
8. If there is one thing you would like to add to George Mason what would it be? Then one thing you think the campus could do without?
I would add a pinata room for students to let off steam during stressful times like finals. I think Mason can do without the dip n dots vendor because it’s never there/open when I want some dip n dots.
9. What are some the best kept secrets on campus (ie. Free places to print, best teachers, etc. Places/people/things that you think people don’t know about on campus but really should)?
I’m a Freshman. I have much to learn. But if there’s one secret I do know, it’s that George Mason’s frozen body is hidden under the George Mason Statue.
10. As a freshman, what are you most looking forward to in your future time at George Mason?
I’m looking forward to becoming more involved in campus life. I went to my first basketball game this semester (I didn’t get a chance last semester) and it was so much fun cheering for our guys with all my friends. GO GMU!
I’m also looking forward to upperclassmen housing.
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