Janice Rojas, a first-generation student whose family is from Bolivia, has been a regular at George Mason University since participating in the Early Identification Program (EIP) in high school.
The Arlington, Va., resident, who graduated with a master’s degree in forensic science at the 2015 Winter Graduation, also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, which she completed in 2013, She plans to pursue a career as a medicolegal death investigator or a homicide detective.
Rojas made the most of her time at Mason. In addition to EIP, she participated in the Student Transition Empowerment Program, was an office assistant for Student Involvement, and was a member of the Hispanic Student Association and the Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc.
“Being involved on campus as a student leader has definitely created amazing memories during my time at Mason,” Rojas said. She urges students to network and go to Career Services workshops. She also encourages Patriots to get involved in academic and student organizations, meetings for cultural and social organizations.
“Take a chance,” she added. “It will help give you a sense of belonging on campus.”
She also recommends attending school spirit events sponsored by the Patriots Activities Council or Student Government.
“All these can help you shape your time at Mason and your academic career, exponentially. I am a proud Mason Patriot and am thankful for all the memories and friendships I have gained.
This article originally appeared as a feature for the Mason homepage. Several graduate students from other disciplines were also featured. Learn more