Social Life and Activities

Having a social life in college is not an option; it's a must. Why would anyone need to socialize? It gives you time to relax, have fun, create relationships and make memories. Maintaining a social life in college can be overwhelming. Where do you find the time to socialize? How do you find the balance between socializing and school work?

" A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm."

Henrik Ibsen

Looking Back:
A Self-Reflection

What activities and/or events did you most enjoy in high school?

Check out our worksheet.

Quiz Ideas

  • Do you know which hobbies suit your personality? Do you like to be indoors? Outdoors? In a group? Take this quiz to find out.
  • How well do you know your personality? Do you know your strengths and weaknesses? Try this personality test and find out more about yourself.

Moving Ahead:
The Challenge

What's a reasonable number of activities or events you could participate in per week given your class, studying, work schedule and other time commitments?

Check out our worksheet.


Campus Resources

  • Office of Student Involvement
    Student Involvement enhances the Mason community by creating dynamic involvement opportunities and fostering student success through co-curricular experiences. These experiences include a variety of options such as student organizations, class councils, fraternity and sorority life, and more including your own creative ideas.
  • Patriot Athletics
    Patriot Athletics provides information about the intercollegiate athletic teams at Mason including their schedules and rosters. This site offers media information, ticket information, fundraising information, recruiting information and more.
  • Arts and Entertainment
    The Arts and Entertainment page offers links to the Center for the Arts, the Hylton Performing Arts Center, the School of Art Galleries, the JC Cinema, and the Patriot Center. There are movies, concerts, ballets, and more entertainment options to choose from.
  • Mason Recreation
    Mason Recreation creates an atmosphere that encourages individuals to develop lifelong involvement in recreational, fitness, and wellness activities through both structured and informal opportunities that meet the dynamic needs of the diverse community. They offer club sports, intramural sports, aquatics, fitness, the Edge, and more.
  • Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education
    ODIME engages the Mason community in awareness and exploration of the diversity of the campus community, identity development, and global and cultural competencies. They offer services, resources, and experiences that assist students in recognizing, cultivating, and actualizing their potential to thrive and succeed and interact with people with different identities than their own and co-create an inclusive and welcoming campus environment.

Additional Resources

  • Fairfax County Connect with America
    Fairfax County Connect with America provides tourist information about Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. There are links to sporting events, historical sites, unique shopping experiences, performing arts events, seasonal events, tours, nightlife and more
  • City Search
    City Search helps people find businesses in cities and neighborhoods including restaurants, clubs, bars, shopping, salons, and more. City Search empowers users to make informed decisions about where to spend their time and money by delivering more than one million editorial and user reviews.
  • Washington Post Going Out Guide
    The Washington Post Going Out Guide provides free things to do for every day of the week in the D.C. area, as well as things you can pay money to do. The categories include restaurants, bars, clubs, movies, music, museums, theater, dance, and more.