Virtual Student 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!

Academic Resources

Well-Being Resources

Community and Volunteer Opportunities

Food Access Resources

Financial Support Resources

Arts and Culture Opportunities

Professional Development

Resources for Students who are Parents

Graduate Student Resources

Resources for International Students

Academic Resources 

Learning Services is providing multiple resources to help you plan and adjust your study strategies to learning online. Check out their page Keep Learning: How to Be a Successful Online Learner for more information.

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 these online resources, click here and follow the next steps:

    1. Create an account 
    2. Fill out the information about who you are and where you study
    3. Start utilizing online orientation and student success workshops 
       Please Note: Free access to this service ends on April 17, 2020

University Libraries and Virtual Services 

Have questions about virtual University 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. Mason Student Services Center acts 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 at https://mssccheckin.gmu.edu/. 

For more information: Please click here.

Spring 2020 Grading Options: On Tuesday, March 24, the George Mason University Faculty Senate approved an alternative grading mode for undergraduate students for spring 2020 classes. On Friday, March 27, Graduate Council enacted the same for graduate students. Learn more here.

Well-Being Resources 

Mental Health 

Counseling and Psychological Services hosts a series of Virtual Mental Health Workshops. Click here to learn more. 

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 following the steps here.

Thriving Together Well-Being Weekly is an inclusive collaboration that highlights weekly tips and activities provided by the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. 

Virtual Mindfulness Sessions encourage you to experience relaxation, mindfulness and community while working remotely during these mindfulness meditation sessions on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays through April 30! For more information click here.

Social Well-Being

Common Ground: Your 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 or email us at ularl@gmu.edu 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.  

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. Sign up today!

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 well-being.

Financial Well-Being

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. 

Campus Student Support

The Student Support and Advocacy Center provides educational programming, one-on-one consultations, and resources in the areas of sexual and interpersonal violence, financial well-being, substance use, and collegiate recovery. They assist students in identifying their underlying concerns, create a plan of action that fits their individual needs, and make direct connections to the appropriate resources available. They also are available to consult with faculty and staff on creating a plan to assist their students in achieving personal and academic success.

For the Fairfax and Arlington campus, faculty/staff and students can fill out a referral form on the SSAC website, to be connected with a staff member for support. Campus and community members concerned for a student should make a referral on the SSAC website as well, Make a Referral. You can also check out their virtual programming on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @ssacgmu, as well as the Advocate Self Care Series blog which provides helpful information and resource tools for staying safe and taking care of yourself during this time.

Community Resources

Arlington County’s Emergency Services and Housing provides a list of immediate assistance for mental health, shelter/ housing, and social services.

Community and Volunteer Opportunities 

Animal Shelter  

The Fairfax County Animal Shelters operations continue and if you would like to support them there are remote donation options. Click here for details. 

Other Ways to Volunteer: 

    1. 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.  
    2. Call the parents you know that are trying their best to figure out this new normal. You can offer to give their children a lesson or read them a book. 
    3. Offer to pick up groceries for your most at-risk neighbors. Search and get connected with neighborhood groups that may already be assisting.
    4. Get take-out for our first responders. That can be hospital staff, firefighters and police officers. 
    5. 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.
    6. Make an online donation to your local food bank: 

Food Access Resources 

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

For more information about food assistance resources across northern Virginia please click here. 

For Patriots with Pets in Need 

The Prince William Humane Society offers a Pet Pantry for emergency pet food requests. Should you find yourself in need of pet food, please call 703-634-0880 x 0 to set up an appointment. Click here for more information.  

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington Pet Pantry is available to the public. For more details click here.

Financial Support Resources 

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. 

Click here for the eligibility criteria and the application

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.edu or email the MSSC at mssc@gmu.edu to receive service virtually. For more information click here.

Community Resources

Arlington County’s Department of Human Services assists low income Arlington residents who cannot meet their basic needs and is expanding supports to households affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Types of services provided include: Assistance with financial difficulty in paying rent, utilities, obtaining food, medical care, prescription medication, dental needs, transportation, eyeglasses and clothing. For more information click here.

Arts and Culture Opportunities 

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 also online! Check out the Natural History Museum and a few others here.

National Parks 

If you are feeling a little adventurous and are looking to get outside virtually you can also use 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. 

Aquariums 

It can be shark week every day with live streamed videos from the Georgia Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Mason Arts at Home

Mason Arts at Home brings you live-streamed performances, releases of previously recorded content, as well as interactive activities from across the Mason nation!

Professional Development  

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

Career Services mission is to prepare and connect career-ready students for post-graduate success. Learn more about Career Services here.

Get your most frequently asked job/internship questions answered here.

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

Resources for Students who are Parents

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. Learn more here.

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

Cosmic Yoga  This 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. 

Graduate Student Resources

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. GAPSA’s 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.

Resources for International Students

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. Click here to learn more.

Office of 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.

 

 

For more information regarding COVID-19 and University Updates please visit: https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus