I first started working at Mason in spring 2013 as a Technical Writer and Editor in the Office of Global Strategy. Now I work as a Communications and Marketing Specialist for Mason Online (the Office of Distance Education). I’m also a Mason alum— I completed my Master’s in English (concentration in professional writing and rhetoric) at Mason. Currently, I am enrolled in the Higher Education Administration graduate certificate— though I am hoping to apply to the Education PhD program for spring 2017. (Fingers crossed!)
Before coming to Mason, I mostly worked in food service positions. I came straight from undergrad at Christopher Newport University (CNU) to Mason as a full-time grad student, so the flexibility of bartending and serving tables helped me pursue my studies. Also, my parents have owned a restaurant since I was eight, so you could say that food service comes naturally to me!
I joined Staff Senate because I was interested in getting to know as many people at Mason as possible. It can be difficult to meet new folks outside of your direct working environment. Senate meetings give me a chance to get out and meet new folks and motivate me to get involved in committees and initiatives across campus that deal with staff needs.
As a member of the Events Committee, it has been an absolute pleasure to help coordinate different events and initiatives for the Senate. I was really excited to see the turnout of staff members at our inaugural Town Hall event this semester. Of course, my favorite experience would have to be volunteering with fellow Senators during the Toys for Tots collection drive before winter break. I was truly impressed by the number and variety of toys we received!
Outside of work, I’ve had an exciting year: I recently got engaged! Planning a wedding while working and taking classes may just drive me crazy, but I’m looking forward to it, nonetheless. And if anyone is looking for great ideas, Pinterest is the place to go . . .
Another fun fact about me: Last year, I thought I would give lifting weights a try. And now I love it! I used to run for exercise, but I have found that I really enjoy the variety of movements and challenges of lifting. Whether perfecting form or adding just a tiny bit more weight each week, it really helps me to stay motivated to become a stronger and more confident me.