Dominic Merlino was at a crossroads in his life, thinking about just where to begin his college journey. The high school junior and his father were listening keenly to a presentation on higher education in downtown Pittsburgh. It was George Mason University Office of Admissions “road runner” Pat Money who caught their attention.
“He came over and introduced himself and really tried to relate to my dad and me as we talked,” recalls Merlino, now a sophomore at George Mason. He said Money’s constant contact made him feel more appreciated than at other schools where he applied.
“I felt welcomed,” Merlino says. “There was already someone at Mason that cared about me, and I wasn’t even there yet.”
It’s that one-on-one attention that Mason’s so-called road runners or “road warriors” try to give countless prospective students as they help young people across the country and around the world who decide to make Mason their new home.