Virtual Resources


Don’t let this period of “social distancing” stop you from connecting. Below are a list of virtual resources that we think might help you during this time. Together we can keep up the Mason spirit #wearemason! We are here for you!

Financial Support Resources

Food Access Resources

Well-Being Resources

Academic Resources

Professional Development

Arts and Culture Opportunities

Community and Volunteer Opportunities

Resources for Students who are Parents

Resources for Graduate Students

Resources for International Students

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Student Emergency Assistance Funding

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, University Life has established a process for students seeking temporary, short-term, financial assistance.

Funding is available to students who meet the eligibility criteria, and is made possible by the generous support of George Mason University and donors committed to helping students succeed.

Financial Aid

Starting March 17, 2020 Mason Student Services Center is now virtual. Students who require services with enrollment, financial aid, student accounts or the registrar’s office are asked to complete the online form: https://mssccheckin.gmu.eduor email the MSSC at mssc@gmu.edu to receive service virtually. For more information click here

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Patriot Pantry

The Patriot Pantry provides access to non-perishable food items and toiletries to George Mason University students who are unable to afford them.

Prince William ACTION in Community Through Service

ACTS services are separated into two main categories: Crisis Services and Human Services. Services include a comprehensive domestic violence prevention and intervention program to include the whole family—women, men and children. In addition, Helpline (703-368-4141) provides an anonymous crisis telephone service as well as resource referrals. The support groups sponsored by Helpline are essential to people who have lost a loved one to suicide or who have attempted suicide. Each of the programs addresses the mission of ACTS: to alleviate hunger, homelessness and interpersonal violence in order to help individuals achieve self-sufficiency.

For Patriots with Pets in Need

Utilize the Prince William Humane Society Pet Pantry for emergency pet food requests. Should you find yourself in need of pet food, please call us at 703-634-0880 x 0 to set up an appointment.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington Pet Pantry is available to the public.

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Mental Health 

Counseling and Psychological Services hosts a series of Virtual Mental Health Workshops.

TAO 

TAO is a FREE strictly confidential interactive web-based program that provides 24/7 self-help resources and support to the Mason community. All you need to register is your Mason email.

Thriving Together Well-Being Weekly 

Weekly tips and activities provided by the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. 

Virtual Mindfulness Sessions

 Experience relaxation, mindfulness and community while working remotely during these mindfulness meditation sessions on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays through April 30!

Social 

Common GroundYour favorite coffee house and hangout is now online! Join our virtual Common Ground lounge to chat with friends, make new friends, and support each other.  Come and go as you like and don’t forget your coffee/tea/hot chocolate! Make sure to follow us on our social media platforms to see when the next coffee break is scheduled.  

Physical/Recreation 

Yoga with Pranjal! Enjoy a live yoga session with University Life Programming Assistant Pranjal. Every Monday and Thursday from 2PM – 3PM. Iyengar style yoga classes focusing on alignment of the body breath to gain mental and physical peace.

Sign up and participate!

BurnAlong is an online platform that is available via computer, smartphone or tablet – you can take classes online on-demand, and invite others to join them in live private workouts.

Find Trails Near You! We might need to keep some physical distance from each other for a while, but we don’t need to shut ourselves in. The outdoors is still open for business (just remember to practice social distancing, keep 6 feet away from others!). AllTrails is here to help you find local trails and open spaces for mental, physical, and emotional catharsis.

Financial

Financial Well-Being and Student Support and Advocacy Center

Many Mason students receive some form of financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, work-study employment, or loans. We understand students may not have access to significant sources of funding and that unexpected circumstance may arise while at Mason. SSAC staff members can provide information about various on and off-campus resources for students in need. 

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Learning Services

Keep Learning: How to Be a Successful Online Learner

Innovative Educators

Innovative Educators has made their Online Learning student success videos available to Mason students for free.

Go2Orientation (Go2O) – Orientation For Online Learners
Go2O provides a dynamic onboarding experience to prepare students to take classes online. Using captivating animations and student interviews, our unique approach delivers relevant & timely information tailored to student needs. Go2O consists of learning modules on such topics as procrastination, making engaging posts, studying for online classes, online test-taking strategies, staying motivated during your online class and more.

StudentLingo (SL) – Online Student Success Workshops
After completing the orientation, students will have access to 20 additional workshops to make sure they can access support resources at any time and from any location. These workshops include time management, stress management, setting & accomplishing goals, test anxiety, critical thinking skills, information literacy, and more.

To access online resources, click here and follow the next steps:

Create an account
Fill out the information about who you are and where you study
Start utilizing online orientation and student success workshops

Please Note: Free access to this service ends on April 17, 2020

University Libraries

Have questions about online Mason library resources and services? Get your questions answered here.

Mason Student Services Center

The Mason Student Services Center exists to better serve students by providing access to information that is important for success at George Mason University. We act as the primary point of contact for all enrollment services as integrated customer service representatives for the Registrar, Student Accounts, and Financial Aid.

NEW: The Mason Student Services Center is available for remote services. Face to face operations have been temporarily suspended. You may reach us via e-mail at mssc@gmu.edu or via virtual check-in here.

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Career Services

 

Career Service’s mission is to prepare and connect career-ready students for post-graduate success. Check out their tips for doing a job and intersnhip search during and after the Covid-19 Pandemic: Covid Era Student FAQs

TedTalks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages.  

Coursera provides on-demand video lectures from top instructors in multiple subjects. Earn professional certificates or just enjoy a class about your favorite topic.  

LinkedIn Learning is an online subscription library, LinkedIn Learning offers more than 2,000 videos on a broad range of subjects, including business skills, photography, music and video editing and production, animation, and web design and development. Sign up today!

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Virtual Museums  

More than 2,500 museums and cultural institutions across the world have made their collections accessible through Google Arts and Culture. The Smithsonian’s are now online! Check out the Natural History museum and others here

National Parks 

If you are feeling a little adventurous and are looking to get outside virtually you can also access Google to access National Parks across the United States.

Live Music 

Are you missing your favorite live music venue or have one of your concerts postponed? Check out this daily list of free concerts provided by your favorite performers. 

Transport yourself through time and enjoy a night at the theater. Enjoy these virtual tours of stages around the world. Explore concert halls and enjoy a live-streamed opera at the Metropolitan Opera.

Zoos  

Enjoy games, stories, and live videos of all your favorite animals at the San Diego Zoo and Cincinnati Zoo 

Rosetta Stone 

You have free access to over 30 languages Rosetta Stone! Rosetta Stone ®, the premier software for language learning. Acquire a new language or brush up your skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening as well as grammar and vocabulary. Visit University Libraries to learn more.  

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Animal Shelter  

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s operations continue and if you would like to support them there are remote donation options.

Other ways to volunteer

  •  Contact your local school and volunteer with their food distribution program. Know a few teachers? Reach out to them and see how you can help.  
  • Call the parents you know that are trying their best to figure out this new normal. Offer to give their children a lesson or read them a book.  
  • Offer to pick up groceries for your most at-risk neighbors. Search and get connected with neighborhood groups that may already be assisting.  
  • Offer to get take-out for our first responders. That can be hospital staff, firefighters and police officers.  
  • If you are able buy a gift card or takeout from your favorite restaurant. If you are feeling extra generous donate that gift card to anyone providing vital services in your community.  
  • Make an online donation to your local food bank.  

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Contemporary Student Services seeks to provide a centralized resource center and comprehensive offering of academic and social engagement opportunities to specifically meet the needs of students living off-campus and those transitioning to off-campus living, contributing to a successful, holistic, and seamless collegiate experience. This includes students who are parenting, student veterans. adult learners over the age of 25, students from the foster care system, fully online learners, and transfer students.

The Kennedy Center provides a great online educational platform that focuses on engaging and empowering learners with arts education.  

Cosmic Yoga practice is designed for children 3+. Fun backgrounds and stories make the session fun for all ages!  

International Children’s Library is an online library that provides free ebooks in multiple languages.  

Khan Academy provides free courses in multiple subjects for all ages.  

America’s Test Kitchen provides kitchen classroom plans weekly with pantry-friendly recipes to help limit runs to the grocery store.  

Academic Skills Builder is designed for students in first through sixth grade. The free website has dozens of games that aim to improve your child’s knowledge in math, geography, typing, spelling, and language arts. 

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Graduate Student Life is dedicated to supporting the success of Mason graduate students by providing community-building, professional development, and personal development programs; connecting graduate students to campus resources; and identifying and advocating for graduate student needs. Visit Graduate Student Life for virtual engagement opportunities.

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) is a student group at George Mason University, established 2009. Our goal is to unite graduate students and establish a forum through which graduate and professional students are able to address issues, advocate for the greater good, grow professionally, and socialize with one another.

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University Career Services helps international students navigate the U.S. world of work and acclimate to the American work culture through individual appointments as well as specialized programs.  

International Program and Services advises non-immigrant students, scholars, faculty, and staff at George Mason University on a range of issues vital to Mason’s international community. The office assists international students and scholars with processing key documents, provides educational cultural and social programs including the annual International Week held each April, and provides advising on a walk-in and appointment basis.

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