My first semester at GMU flew by. It’s kind of hard to put into words how it feels going from my dream school in NYC, to a school I never thought I’d attend. However, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. These past few months I’ve learned so much and continued my growth as an adult. GMU has given me the opportunity to foster my academic and social growth. I’ve become more in love with my field of study and I’ve been able to focus more on my career goals. I’ve also met a whole host of amazing people that I am so lucky to have met.
At first I thought this semester was going to be rough. Starting over at a new place that I was still unsure of. I was taking 20 credits and I wasn’t sure how I’d be able to manage it. However, I ended up balancing everything well and I was still able to earn a spot on the Dean’s List. A lot of late nights and coffee overdoses, but all of my hard work paid off. This is just another step towards my goal of graduating a year early.
As far as things I miss from FIT, definitely the friends. They were the biggest gain but luckily I am still able to call them some of my best friends. We talk nearly every day and I couldn’t do life without them. I am even more excited that they are coming to visit me in January! Sometimes I also just miss being in the city. It’s nice to be able to walk outside and have the whole city at your disposal. There’s always somewhere to go, something to do or someone to see. However, even though I miss it, it wasn’t something I wanted every day. Even though I really like GMU and I am currently happy in the Northern Virginia area, maybe in the future I’ll go back to New York considering there are still a lot of opportunities there for me.
Since I’ve been at GMU, I have grown to truly love the study of communication. A common misconception about social science and humanities majors is that it’s not difficult. Just because we don’t aspire to be in the STEM field doesn’t mean we don’t work hard or face challenges in our academics. I have a strong passion for the social sciences and I couldn’t picture myself in another area of study. The social sciences and social issues are just as important as any math or science and I think it’s important that that’s recognized. Just because someone’s skill set is more social science focused doesn’t make them any less intelligent or any less of a scholar. We need people who are passionate about this field. I am so incredibly happy to be pursuing a major in communication and a minor in sociology at George Mason University. I have learned so much about my biggest passion, communication. Being able to understand human interaction and apply those concepts to my own life has been so beneficial to me and contributed to my aspiration to be a lifelong learner. Before George Mason I never considered pursuing graduate school, mainly for financial reasons, but now I learned it’s something that I can do. Beyond graduate school, I hope to someday earn a PhD in communication because that’s just how passionate I am about it. I aspire not only to work in broadcast media but I also aspire to work in communication research. I’ve also realized just from this past semester that maybe I’ll even consider being a professor one day to inspire students the way that my professors have inspired me. At FIT I learned a tremendous amount of things about myself but from just one semester at GMU I’ve also learned a lot about myself and I’ve been able to continue my growth as a woman. I’m more driven and focused than I’ve ever been.
I can truly say that I love my new school already and I’ve found a place where I can continue to pursue my undergraduate degree. This time last year I thought transferring would be a step back but I have learned that it is only a step forward.