So I think this would be awesome to do at Mason! I’ve been thinking about Mason traditions…and if I could make one Mason tradition, it would be a Friendship Week and I would incorporate ideas like this Soul Pancake video
Here at George Mason, we boast about being a diverse campus. However, as many of my peers have argued, our diversity is often segregated, and groups are not always eager to intermingle. Establishing a Mason tradition such as a Friendship Week that would be entirely devoted to stepping out of your comfort zone to meet new people would be a wonderful way to unite the Mason community. Having a week completely devoted to simple and random acts of kindness by hosting events such as a block party for the neighborhoods, intercultural meals, or a ball pit where you can “take a seat and make a friend” on North Plaza, Mason will begin to create a truly diverse campus.
Thankfully, I have witnessed a few Mason students who have gone out of their way to make other people’s days. For example, students stood outside to give free hugs at North Plaza and a group of guys gave every girl in the Johnson Center a red carnation for Valentine’s Day. For me, it meant the world to receive a flower on Valentine’s Day. It made me smile to see people giving out free hugs as well, and I was not even having a bad day to begin with. Imagine the impact these little things can have on someone who is honestly struggling and looking for a friend.
In my time at Mason I have made a conscious effort to seek out friendships with those who are racially, culturally, and religiously different than I. These friendships are what bring me so much joy in my day-to-day interactions, and have ultimately made me love and appreciate Mason’s diversity even more. I strongly believe a valuable Mason tradition such as Friendship Week would inspire people to become bold in seeking out the friendships they have always wanted, but never had the courage to pursue.