Forget everything you’ve heard about the dorms at Mason. Now considered a “primarily residential” university, Mason has a thriving campus life. Peek into how undergraduates are living large on campus with this take on MTV Cribs—but with a little Mason flavor. From singles to suites, here are some of the best “cribs” around.
These four seniors are not your typical college students. Did we mention that the pumpkin in the aforementioned beer bread was grown in Mason’s organic vegetable garden, of which Amanda Wall (second from left), a biology major, was a founding member? Or that they have three waste receptacles, one each for recycling, compost, and trash?
Besides working in the garden as president of the George Mason University Organic Garden Association, Wall enjoys spending time outside, hiking, and doing outdoors stuff. She just completed her first marathon this past fall.
She picks the redwoods poster shown behind the group as her favorite piece of décor in their dwelling in the Student Apartments. “I am inspired by the outdoors and creation,” she says. “I adore the words and like my room to sort of feel like the outside to me.”
Of course, the other roommates—who share the kitchen, living area, bathroom, and two double rooms—are no slouches, either. All are members of the Honors College. Kelsey Huber (far left) is an economics major. She’s involved with the Econ Society on campus and acts as University Professor of Economics Peter Boettke’s undergraduate assistant. She’s at Mason on an academic scholarship and was awarded the Ronald Reagan Conservative Student Leaders Scholarship.
Cassie Coleman (second from right) and Nicole MacCracken (far right) are both global affairs majors. Coleman, who hopes to someday work abroad, also is involved in the organic garden association, as its vice president. MacCracken, who’s applying for law enforcement positions after graduation, participates in the University Chorale.
They like to hit Starbucks or the Johnson Center to study. On Friday nights when they’re looking to unwind, they like to go contra dancing, a sort of line folk dance, at Glen Echo Park in Maryland.
“Our crib is all about good food, tea, and travel,” says MacCracken.