In the zone, AutoZone

by Kathleen, a Patriot Blogger

That’s a catchy slogan, but if you’re not a car, or are actually going out of your comfort zone, that’s cool, too.

In fact, this Sunday is Mason’s admitted students day—the day last year that I realized I would make Mason my new home.

It’s going to be crazy volunteering at this event for Center for Global Education, wearing my CGE shirt with pride; it’ll hit me that a new freshman class is here and a new group of alumni will be crowned.

I remember my first time on a college campus, sort of embarrassed that I was in a tour group—clearly a newbie, but very relieved so I didn’t get lost on such huge grounds! For most admitted students visiting campus Sunday, this is the same deal—nervous yet excited.

Well don’t think you’re alone. In fact, I know eight Mason professors who are “frightened, yet excited.”

These eight Mason professors are going to be participating in the first ever TEDx conference at Mason. And you guessed it!! I will be in charge for filming this exciting conference which includes a guest appearance by our Provost and Congressman Gerry Connolly. 

It’s sort of a huge deal. The only way to describe it is with a car slogan: We are getting in our zone on May 6th.

So while the professors are picking topics to speak about, ranging from translating plays to astrobiology, they, too, feel nervous and excited about this opportunity.

And the third piece of this pie?

I’m nervous, too. I’ve done various pieces of film projects before, but I’m all self-taught. Luckily, there’s something in me because as we speak, the Global Programs is playing my Student Activism film in Dewberry Hall! But nevertheless, it’s a new challenge and I’ve gratefully recruited some film majors at Mason to volunteer with me, too.

So to anyone reading this, whether it be parents excited for Mason Day, students nervous to make a decision, professors taking on new research opportunities, student directors and filmers, everyone can feel nervous when they step out of their comfort zone.

But you know what? No one is alone, and that is how we progress.

–Kathleen

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