Topic of the Day


One report states that 30% of college students continue to smoke even though tobacco is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. Do you know people who smoke? What influences others tobacco use? All it takes is 20 minutes of being tobacco-free for your body to start reversing the ill effects of smoking. How can you influence yourself or others to stop smoking?

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COMPASS is designed for Mason students to take charge of their lives on a range of issues. This comprehensive resource is specifically designed to help students like you make healthy decisions throughout your college years and beyond. For each of 31 topics, you can identify ways to maximize your success in college with interactive quizzes, articles, worksheets, blogs, resource links and social media. By using these tools, you are encouraged to reflect on your past behavior, map out your goals, and choose what direction your future will take. The tools are in your hand!

How can you use COMPASS? You can explore it on your own and choose a topic of your liking, or you can let COMPASS guide you with a daily topic. The blogs help to enlighten you and provide current and relevant information on various topics. By connecting with the social media links, you can stay engaged with up to date information on this site, in the media, and on campus. Have a great journey!

Spring has Sprung!

The Spring season is well upon us now. Every day provides new inspiration, with continuous changes in the beauty of the campus and the surrounding area. One day, it’s the daffodils with their bright and pale yellow colors; then it’s the tulips, with a range of colors. The forsythia shows its yellow glory, before it transitions to green for the rest of the season. The Cherry Blossoms surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington recently reached their peak, and we still see evidence of their beauty throughout the region. The Flowering Dogwood trees are emerging with their white and pink flowers – how beautiful these are as the state tree for Virginia. Further, we are about to see the azaleas pop with their glorious colors. Certainly, this natural beauty can be quite inspiring.

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