"I grew up in D.C., and Georgetown always was kind of in my sights since it was right in my back yard. Georgetown was a reach school for me, and I knew that it was going to be challenging. I wasn’t aware of the extent to which it would challenge me until I realized how far I was behind my peers at Georgetown. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know. I got mostly A’s in high school so I thought I’d get B’s in college and have to work my way up to A’s. I developed more skill sets that I wasn’t able to acquire in high school. The academic resources provided by the Community Scholars Program allowed me to survive my freshman year. The program’s academic workshops helped me develop healthy study habits and grasp unfamiliar concepts through tutoring.
I spent the summer before my junior year as a resident assistant for Community Scholars. I felt great about that because it feels good to give back to a program that helped shape and that influences you. Community Scholars is dear to my heart because it was a starting point for me. Without it, I would not have felt like I could make a tremendous impact in this world.
As a psychology major, I work as a research assistant in the Georgetown Social and Emotions Lab. During my Georgetown career, I have been introduced to undergraduate research, and I’m hoping to further develop my clinical research skills before applying for graduate school.
When I think about my memorable moments, I think my opportunity to give the invocation at the Let Freedom Ring celebration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day encapsulates my Georgetown experience. As an active Protestant Ministry member, I think that experience allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and practice an important tenet of my personal faith in front of a full Kennedy Center audience, in front of people who didn’t mind doing the same."
"I am a senior in the College double majoring in Government and Justice and Peace Studies with a minor in Jewish Civilization. On December 14, 2012, my mom survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and in the aftermath, I began work to address gun violence, through legislative action, cultural change, and bridge-building between impacted communities.
I specifically have focused on youth empowerment and intersectionality within the gun violence prevention movement. In my time at Georgetown, I have learned just as much outside of the classroom as inside, and I have learned so many skills, from organizing to dialogue, faith-based activism to self-care. I’m invigorated by the momentum we are seeing around the country, being led by young people, because Generation Z and Millennials know the gun violence is not an isolated issue. We cannot talk about gun violence without talking about poverty, racism, police violence, mass incarceration, domestic violence, education policy, and mental health resources.
While the calls to action being issued by the students from Parkland are critical and groundbreaking, we also need to make sure that we are uplifting and hearing the voices and stories of youth of color in some of the most impacted places across the country who have been calling for reform for years. I hope that the walkouts and marches being organized at this time translate into sustainable, inclusive, and powerful change moving forward, and that will start with difficult conversations, passionate activism, and a focus on what is happening locally in each community."
"Coming from a small Jewish day school in Denver, adjusting to life at Georgetown freshman year was a serious change of pace. However, I quickly found really great communities here, both within Jewish life and student theater, that made the transition much easier. While balancing classes and extracurriculars with Jewish holidays and ritual observance was a much more serious undertaking than I'd anticipated, having professors and peers who were understanding and accommodating of my tradition made it possible, and for that I will be eternally grateful to the Georgetown community. That spirit of respect and genuine interest in a broad spectrum of religious traditions is one of the things that initially led me to apply to Georgetown, after hearing it discussed at a college information panel junior year of high school, and it has been one of my favorite parts of my time here. From discussing the significance of Jewish holidays with my proseminar professor during her office hours, to participating in interfaith dialogues and acts of solidarity with the campus rabbi and imam, to attending various religious services with the diverse array of friends I have here on campus, I can't imagine any other school where I would have gained such a deep appreciation for the rich array of religious traditions represented on this campus."
"I don’t have a niche here at Georgetown. I know, it’s been close to four years on the Hilltop and I have yet to find that perfect fit. Georgetown offers such a range of activities and opportunities; I spent most of my first year just trying everything out, like most freshmen. The difference is, I never settled down after that. Every year, for the next three years, I led with the motto “New Year, New Me,” and look where it has got me: niche-less.
In retrospect, however, I’m not too bothered by it. Essentialisms are vastly overrated, and in any case, so is finding 'yourself.'
Rather than finding a space of true belonging, my time here is categorized by quite the opposite. As a Georgetown student, I have really enjoyed getting lost.
I got lost my first week at Georgetown, all the way in downtown D.C. I was looking for the Zipcar office, because I was determined to not be that student that got stuck in the Georgetown bubble; instead, I ended up being that student who gets lost between Federal Triangle and Chinatown. At one point, I just sat on a bench and watched as people, who presumably possessed a better sense of direction, blew past me. I remember it as a great day. I realized how much I loved D.C. and unexpected discoveries.
Above all, I will always remember the best and most difficult time I got lost--across the Atlantic Ocean in the vibrant din of the Rabat Medina. I was lost for four months in Morocco; reeling in the blur of languages, and people, and music, and difference. Yet, I never perceived that as a bad thing. For me, getting lost means pushing boundaries, re-examining what you took for granted. I never felt that more than I did in Morocco, and it is because of Georgetown that I even made it there. The four months I spent abroad in Morocco taught me the merit of 'losing yourself.'
To be honest, as a senior I am feeling a little bit lost right now. The dreaded F- word ( future) is now upon me, and I am not sure which path to take.
At times, it feels overwhelming, but that is okay. When I look back, this is what I’m good at: trying new endeavors, testing the boundaries of my comfort zone. I live in that space of perpetual discovery and I stand indebted to Georgetown for offering all these pathways, all of these roads ‘less traveled by.'
So, here’s to never settling for a niche and always seeking out the fringe. As they say, if you aren’t living on the edge, you are taking up too much space."
"When I first started at Georgetown, one of the Jesuit professors came to speak to my class. Although I'm embarrassed to say I can't remember the majority of what he shared with us, I have never forgotten one comment he made just before we finished our discussion. He said pertaining to Georgetown's Jesuit identity that, 'Here at Georgetown, we don't teach you what to think, we just teach you how to think.' To me, this so perfectly sums up my education here on the Hilltop, and it makes me so grateful to be here doing exactly what I am doing right now."
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"There's a certain irony to studying public policy at Georgetown. Here we are concentrating on a profession motivated by service to others and--to a certain extent--self-sacrifice, and yet we go to school in an ivory tower literally on top of a hill. Around Thanksgiving I went to Anacostia for a community service event, and the contrast between the southeast and Georgetown is glaring. The difference in resources and access to opportunity that some parts of town possess and others simply do not is a powerful reminder of why I'm pursuing this line of work. So rather than be cowed by the privilege and splendor this university confers, every day when I climb the Hilltop and see the statue of Carroll and the vaunted arches of Healy, I use it as motivation to work harder and make my degree and life something of value."
"I was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland. My parents are from El Salvador so I have always considered myself Salvadoran-American. I like to say that I was always meant to go to Georgetown. I did not know Georgetown existed until the summer before my senior year in high school until I participated in a college preparation program. I knew that Georgetown’s Jesuit values were consistent with mine and the proximity to home would be helpful for me and my parents. From then on, I made sure to know everything that was going on campus; I remember watching an event on Afghan Women’s Future where John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush spoke and it reinforced that I had to be at Georgetown. When I received my acceptance letter, I was with my dad. It was one of the happiest moments in my life because I realized that it did not matter where I started, but it is about overcoming barriers and being persistent in what you believe. I hope that me being at Georgetown can inspire others to believe that they can achieve whatever they are determined to achieve, regardless of the amount of challenges one is presented with."
"As I continued to get to know the workers at Georgetown, I started taking notes on our conversations. I wanted to give back somehow and as I got to know them on a personal level, I thought about sharing their stories with the rest of the Georgetown community. Throughout the year, I had interviewed over 100 workers and learned about their amazing stories. Many of them shared their experiences immigrating to the United States in hopes of a better life and opportunity. When asked about their most memorable moment at Georgetown, many of the facilities / service workers would often say that it was the one time when a student bought them a cup of coffee as a token of appreciation, or thanked them after their spent 10-11 hours a day in the freezing cold shoveling snow and cleaning up the streets.
Most importantly, we tried to highlight life moments which brought the workers to the campus community and learn more about what motivates them to come to work. Some responded, 'To pay for my child’s college education.' Others talked about their love for students and serving others. My interaction with O’Neil is what really inspired the Unsung Heroes initiative – and greatly encapsulates my Georgetown experience as I spend most of my free time working on the initiative and is something that is now a non-profit that I will be leading post-graduation."
"When I was twelve years old, I decided I wanted to go to Georgetown because a Google search for 'good law schools' generated this university as a top choice. I didn’t know anything about college, and I don’t know why I was looking for law schools as a twelve year old, but I knew that my principal’s daughter was in law school and she was really nice. I wanted to be just like her.
Thing is, as a first-generation college student and the daughter of two Polish immigrants, I came by a lot of research that way. I learned by observing others, listening to people’s advice and reading lots of biographies. Stories – particularly the good ones – have a special place in my heart because they are source of my inspiration.
Over the course of these past four years, Georgetown has served as the most wonderful kind of library – one that, in my imagination, is obviously far better looking than Lau. Not only have I had the chance to gather the stories of so many fascinating peers and professors, but it’s a place where I have had the chance to craft a story beyond my wildest dreams. Coming from a small town in Illinois, I never thought I would befriend the kind of people I did or attend events with figures I’d only ever seen on T.V. I experienced some of my best moments in life so far right here.
But like any story worth reading, it’s come with conflicts, disappointments and plot-twists. For starters I was rejected from the first club I applied to (and then at least another five after that) and failed an exam I studied 20 hours for. On a deeper level, I experienced some truly devastating and difficult episodes. And, honestly, thank God for those hard times. Because my story would be so dull without them and my character would be the same as it was before I entered college.
It’s only beginning, really, but my hope for my life is that it will be story worth reading. When I frame it that way, it makes a difficult period a little easier to get through because hey, who knows, maybe it’ll be worth a page-turning chapter one day. "
"I don't share this often, but I struggled after my election as Student Body President when some national media outlets wrote some hurtful things about my religious identity. The headline 'Catholic University Elects First Muslim Student Body President' seemed neutral at first, until I read some of the articles and their hundreds of hurtful comments attacking my Muslim identity. I didn't expect to face that kind of response over a student government election. I didn't understand the controversy over an aspect of my identity that would have no impact on my ability to serve in the role I was elected to. Georgetown's Jesuit identity played a huge role in my choosing to attend--I felt as though a University that prioritized interfaith dialogue and support on campus was one where I would find acceptance as a Muslim. The articles came as a shock. However, I received a lot of support from friends, University administrators and alumni. President DeGioia and Father O'Brien had reached out and showed nothing but love and support. In their outreach, they reinforced that I belong at Georgetown. That incident reminded me of how grateful I am to be at a school like Georgetown, where values come first. We have people who truly care at the top and operate within a context of values that teach us to love and accept one another. I recognize that isn't the case everywhere, and feel blessed to be a Hoya."
"I cannot say that just one moment defines my Georgetown experience, but a series of moments--ever since I visited in high school--have really shown me the beauty of the intellectual curiosity that permeates our campus community. As someone who loves friendly (but passionate) debate, although many of the people I found on my freshman floor seemed to be distant from the Bronx neighborhood I call home, their sharp minds and different personal experiences continue to animate our discussions on wide-ranging social and political topics to this day. Georgetown is home to me not because of the fancy buildings like Healy Hall, or its prestigious reputation, but rather because of the university's care for the whole person as each of us attempts to live our lives for others."
"Georgetown not only gives you a degree, but a mission in life. Being a Catholic school, a Jesuit university, the school has its distinguished values. “Women and Men for Others,” “Cura Personalis,” “Educating the Whole Person,” “Community in Diversity,” just to name a few. While the competitive environment pressures you into being your best (sometimes at the cost of sleep) finding those internships, and getting those scholarships, the school always reminds you that life is more than that. We are here, learning, becoming leaders, not to just make money and become famous, but so that we can provide for others, teach others, and make the world a better place. Of course, I forget what is important in life because I am so tired from my X amount of clubs, X jobs, and XX credits, but seeing those values hung around our school reminds me of my purpose in life. In class, we might be talking about the stock market at one point, but how the decisions of foreign leaders affect the economy, and how some governments unethically exploit its people. We just talked about business, government, and human rights all in one topic. Furthermore, many of us want to do something about that. That is Georgetown. Not just learning theories in class, but being encouraged to act. Whether you are in the business school then investing in emerging markets, or in the foreign service school becoming a diplomat, graduating from the nursing school, and working on international health policy, or coming from the college to better the world in physics, art, government, chemistry, anything. Georgetown makes you go beyond yourself. I believe Georgetown creates students who want to make the world a better place. At least that is how I see life now. So thank you Georgetown."
"High school for me was all about getting to Georgetown. This place had been my dream school since my first visit to campus when I was in 8th grade. But Georgetown almost didn’t happen for me. I got deferred when I applied early. It was tough not to take it personally. I had to slowly shift my attention to other schools out of necessity. But I realized when my acceptance letter came in the spring that Georgetown wanted me just as much as anyone else - it just took them a little longer to realize it. Now years later, I see Georgetown without a doubt as the most formative part of my life. The opportunities I have been afforded here – I couldn’t have imagined half of them in my wildest dreams. So when I look back, I can’t help but smile at that deferral. Georgetown almost didn’t happen for me, but I’m eternally grateful that it did."
"While originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve had the pleasure of moving over 15 times in my life. Two weeks after graduating college, I was on a plane to China to serve in the Peace Corps. My time as a Peace Corps Volunteer helped solidify my commitment to public service. I envisioned law school and particularly Georgetown as the place to cultivate and develop my skills for a life of service. However, I wasn’t ready to start law school right after the Peace Corps so naturally I traveled to India and drove a motorcycle around the Himalayas.
Serving as Georgetown Law’s student body president has been the highlight of my time at the Law Center. I have had the opportunity to make positive changes in students’ lives and understand the inner workings of the university on an intimate level. We might be the largest law school in the nation at 2,400 plus strong, but there is a real sense of community. Thanks to this community, my story is just beginning."
"Im a junior at the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Economics (Class of 2018). Originally from Pakistan, I joined Georgetown University in Qatar in 2014 and decided to spend the spring of 2017 in D.C. Despite having the opportunity to go do so at various other institutions around the world, I chose Georgetown in D.C. to get a holistic experience of both settings, the campus life in Doha and at the Hilltop. Getting used to these transitions in such a short time was not the easiest task I had to deal with but in retrospect, keeping in mind how much I have developed as a result, I would not have chosen to do it in any other way."
"I was born in London, UK but grew up in India, between New Delhi, Bombay and a small town named Jaipur. From Jaipur I went to Reed College in Portland Oregon. Then to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Then to a PhD at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Then a post-doc at the University of Chicago, Illinois. After 14 years of international-student life, I finally found my dream job at Georgetown University. From the moment I stepped on the campus, I felt a sense of belonging. It felt like the place I was supposed to be! My biggest struggle at Georgetown has been the challenge of combining my research, which is largely in rural India, with our vibrant campus life in Washington DC. The two worlds are connected through my scholarship, but they feel so far apart! How do I overcome this massive gulf of nearly 10,000 miles? By being super creative with my schedule and reminding myself that home is not a place, but a state of mind -- both these places are my home! The moment that encapsulates my Georgetown experience: when I interviewed people in a village in rural Rajasthan and recorded their voices, to share with students at our DC campus and they instantly connected with the message! The world felt smaller and my whole life came together!"
"It is so hard to pick a single favorite moment or experience from my time at Georgetown so far. I attended mass with Pope Francis, I shook Bill Clinton's hand in Gaston Hall, and I was even able to attend Inauguration this year! My four years at Georgetown have given me so many incredible opportunities both on- and off-campus, and I am grateful everyday to be here."
"My experience at Georgetown has exceeded my expectations. The students motivate me to be my best and the support systems offered by the university have allowed me to successfully transition into my role."
"Neither of my parents went to college. I wanted to break the pattern and go outside the New England area. Going away from home for college is an experience everyone should take if they can, but the journey does not go without its own challenges.
But...Jack the Bulldog can make any of the tough days into good days. He enjoys the small things like blueberry flavored treats, head scratches and golf-cart rides around campus. He lives the life and keeps things in perspective for me – with more than five generations of bulldogs, Jack is a daily reminder of the distinctiveness of the Georgetown community. I’m reminded how lucky I am to have come to Georgetown, where I have endless opportunities I otherwise would never have had."
"I was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland as the eldest of five children to two Somali immigrants who fell in love and met in America. My journey to Georgetown began after a conversation I had in a small gelato shop located in Assisi, Italy. I participated in a Student Ambassador program where I travelled with a group of American high school students to Greece, Italy, and France. I was overwhelmed and moved by the people, stories, and cultures I came across during my travels but it was not until I had a chance to reflect with one of my group leaders one evening during our stay in Assisi that Georgetown could provide me with an education and an environment to thrive as a Somali-American Muslim. Although many of my teachers and peers were perplexed with my ambition in attending Georgetown, I ultimately proved to them that Georgetown can be a place for someone like me. My time here on the hilltop has been difficult in attempting to disprove this idea that a Georgetown student looks a certain way or comes from a certain socio-economic background, but I believe that I have been presented with several opportunities as a proud GSP Hoya and student faith leader to challenge these misconceptions.
One moment that I believe encapsulates my Georgetown experience was when I was presented with an incredible opportunity to recite a few verses from the Holy Qu'ran on Gaston stage alongside several faith leaders before an audience that included the former Vice President of the United States. It was such a powerful and moving experience to bear witness to Georgetown's commitment to Interreligious understanding and dialogue. "
"When I came to Georgetown 4 years ago, I thought I'd be pretty different. I grew up on an old orchard in Granville, MA (population 1,500). Half of my family lives in Shanghai while my other half is a large Italian family scattered around the United States. I have weird taste in music and a penchant for over-analyzing movies and books. While I was a kid, I spent more time outside in the woods with my dog than hanging with friends indoors. I like carpentry, working on cars, and other manual labor more than sitting in front of a computer. I'm a fairly weird person, overall.
But, I was wrong about being so different. Sure, there are some average, everyday people here (power to them). However, when I look to my friend who grew up in Tanzania, my friend who is a trivia-wiz, my friend who is a DJ, or my friend who has lived in over 5 different countries, I feel pretty normal too. When I first came to Georgetown, I had no idea it would be full of so many unique and interesting stories."
"I'm from New Jersey - just like everybody else at Georgetown. At least that's what I thought on day one, but since then I've met friends from all over the world that now feel like family. Now I've got my real home in NJ, one here on the Hilltop, and others all over the world with the people I love.
I remember the moment I got my acceptance letter to Georgetown - I was in London studying Shakespeare, having the worst day ever. (To have a bad day somewhere as amazing as London means it's pretty rough, let me tell you.) I went with a group of friends to the Harry Potter hot spot Platform 9 3/4; it was there I got the call from my family letting me know I got in. I burst out crying, and everyone thought I was simply excited over the Harry Potter stuff. Because of this, I laugh a little extra any time someone compares Healy Hall to Hogwarts.
Coming from a family of Hoyas, Georgetown was always the dream. Since getting accepted, I wear the name "Hoya" as proudly as I do my own last name. My father went to Georgetown, as did his brother and sister, and their father came here for med school. The hilltop just made sense for me, and there was never a moment when I second-guessed that this was the place I belonged. Everything about it felt second-nature to me, and the Georgetown traditions felt as familiar to me as my family's own personal traditions. Now, my younger sister goes here as well, and thinking about our family's Georgetown legacy makes being here with her all the more meaningful. "
"I am involved in the Hindu Students Association (HSA), a religious organization that is home to several Hindu students on campus.
From attending the weekly prayer services every Sunday to planning special events such as Diwali (the festival of lights) and Holi (the festival of colors), the HSA has truly been my home on campus for the past four years. It has given me the space to reflect on my experiences and make meaningful friendships with students in the community."
“Over the last eight years, I’ve come to love the hidden quiet of the University. The silence of early-morning student athletes making their way up the hill to Yates, the stillness of members of our community gathered in Copley Crypt Chapel before 10pm Mass, the hushed crowds in Lauinger Library during finals week; they all speak to me of the marvelous things going on inside us, in silence, where God is laboring to bring new ideas and new action to life.”
"You'll learn that above everything else, people matter. Invest in your relationships. Being "busy" is not an excuse, and you’ll never have time, but you’ll make time. Follow up with friends you say hi to in passing and actually grab that lunch or coffee that you've mentioned for years! Text people to ask about their day. Or better yet, call them. Learn about the stories of your peers. Turn acquaintances into friends. Befriend people who aren't like you; they’ll challenge you to think about the world a different way. Keep in touch with people from home; they know who you are, where you came from, and stuck by your side in your weird teenage years. Say thank you often—to your parents, your roommates, your professors, and anyone who has gone out of their way to make your day just a little brighter. You’ll make theirs brighter too."
"Growing up in San Francisco, I was steeped in liberal ideas far more than any religious tradition. I attended various services throughout my childhood with extended family and close friends, but never identified with any religion. And in middle school, when I learned that religion was frequently a factor of wars and conflicts around the world, I thought organized religion bred hatred and division—blind faith leading to blind war.
As I matured, I quickly realized the flaws of this perspective, and throughout high school I worked to fill in the gaps—adding individuality by asking my friends about their relationships with religion and adding complexity by learning more about the religions themselves and other forces that shape world conflicts.
Coming to Georgetown was coming full circle. Although technically I would be labeled as agnostic, I like to think of my faith as belief in kindness, honesty, community, empathy, and joy—and I have witnessed those values in every religion represented on campus. Here, on the Hilltop, the diversity of religion that once seemed so divisive to me has been transformed into a beautiful. powerful, and inclusive community."
"Georgetown was the change I never knew I needed. Growing up in Southern California, I was incredibly happy with where I was and I never thought I would leave California, because it seemed to have everything I wanted and could ever need: skiing and snowboarding 6 hours north, big, metropolitcan cities an hour north and south of my hometown, beaches were only a 15 minute drive away, great weather all year round, and, most importantly, In N Out (just kidding). In all seriousness, I thought I'd go to college in California, find a job in California, and stay there forever.
Deciding to come to Georgetown was one of the hardest choices for me to make, but I definitely think that it has been the best thing I could've done for myself--this school has challenged me to live and think outside of my comfort zone. It's the reason why I decided to pursue studying abroad, despite the common misconception that it's "impossible" for pre-med students to spend a semester away. It's the reason why I'm standing here in a pant-suit, following a career path that I probably wouldn't have imagined for myself 4 years ago. Georgetown is the reason why I've been able to open my mind to the possibilities that are far beyond the borders of just my home in California and on the Hilltop and why I'm excited to see what life is like beyond my comfort zones. "
"I’m from Chicago and in many ways coming to Georgetown feels like returning home. I always went to Catholic schools, and I attended a Jesuit high school—St. Ignatius College Prep. After going to college at the University of Missouri, I spent one year working in D.C., then Brown for graduate school, a brief stint in Santa Barbara, then my first professor job at University of Oklahoma.
I lived in D.C. during 9/11 and it was a rough year for me, especially because one of my good friends, Vanessa Kolpak (COL ’01) passed away in New York City. She was a Georgetown alum, and I visited her here once. I always associated Georgetown with Vanessa, and when a job opened up here years later, it felt right. It was ten years since 9/11 and I felt ready to return to D.C. I love being at a place that not only connects me back to my Catholic school education, but also connects me to a Hoya who is so special to me.
My first year at Georgetown, I was so overwhelmed. Georgetown students, faculty, staff, even Jack the Bulldog, move and shake at a super fast pace. I wondered if I could keep up with the productivity of my colleagues, and the students were just so ambitious. But, slowly but surely, I stopped seeing Georgetown’s energy as trolling me, and instead decided it can inspire me. Everyone I talked to was feeling the same way, so I started to realize the importance of pacing myself and I think that has made all the difference."
"Spending time in class with Georgetown students is challenging, enlightening, and fun. The blessings of my professional life shine through in these interactions. They learn. I learn. We all come out changed. Pretty amazing."
"I applied to medical school several times before matriculating into the GEMS program here at Georgetown. I remember the feeling I had when I came to interview for GEMS, learning about Cura Personalis and thinking of how that meshed with my own background in public health. I left that interview day knowing that this was the place that I was supposed to be, even if that meant moving to a new city where I knew no one and had no family. I stepped out on faith and now after almost 5 years I am only a few months from graduation and fulfilling a lifelong dream...and I don't really have the words to explain what that feels like, but I know that whatever the challenges I face in my next chapter I have received a strong foundation and excellent training here at Georgetown School of Medicine and I am happy to call myself a Hoya."
"It is a privilege everyday to teach about politics and public policy at Georgetown. It is the best campus for studying these topics that I have ever seen. So many incredibly smart undergraduate and graduate students, across many schools and departments, share an interest in making the world a better place by improving governance. It is not just that students bring an extraordinary number of skills and experiences to class discussions and that they encounter major researchers and national leaders as guest speakers all semester. On top of that, I constantly pass students in the hallway and walking around campus who are debating at the high level important public policy and governance controversies. To be a student at Georgetown is to be immersed in a culture of political ideas and debate unlike anywhere else in the world."
"My journey to Georgetown wasn't the typical love at first sight story. My older sister went to Georgetown, so, of course, I was dead set against going here. Being the middle child, it was almost second nature to be contrarian. However, when it actually came time for me to make my decision, Georgetown just felt like the right pick for me. Now in my third year I look back and see how easily I was able to carve my own path at Georgetown and find what I love. It was nice having my older sister here because she was there when I needed her and it made our bond as sisters stronger. The funny part is, I'll get to do the same with my younger sister who is going to be a freshman here next year!"
"Lawyers clearly have an opportunity and responsibility to challenge the status quo and advocate for racial justice in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Lawyers in Georgetown Law’s Juvenile Justice Clinic are actively engaged in direct representation, legislative advocacy, community education, training, statewide assessments and scholarship that intentionally address racial equality. But any work towards reform must begin with self-reflection and accountability. Lawyers committed to racial justice must first look inward, to examine their own assumptions, stereotypes and preferences, which subconsciously drive their assessment of the facts in a case, their advice to clients and the zeal with which they advocate for each client they serve."
Originally from Mumbai, India, Nandini was one of the founders of the Georgetown India Dialogue, and runs her own nonprofit, Adopt-a-Tent School. At Georgetown, she is closely involved with Hilltop Consultants, student government, and Designing the Future(s) of the University, a higher education think tank and incubator.
"Working for a university has been an incredible creative experience. Doing video production at Georgetown means one day I'm chasing around Jack the Bulldog with a camera, and the next I'm on a boat filming students who are spending their spring break doing water testing in the Dominican Republic. Now that I'm enrolled at the School of Continuing Studies I get to experience Georgetown from the other side, and now I can proudly say I truly bleed blue and gray!"
"The end of my freshman year, I remember hearing from a number of upperclassmen students of various racial, socioeconomic, and sexual identities sharing parts of their story at an event on campus I attended. They talked about how their experiences with homelessness, coming out to their conservative parents, or being a white boy from Long Island have informed their understanding of social justice. I was there to get a boost in my housing points so that I could increase my chances at securing prime housing in the housing lottery, but I left with a memory that perfectly encapsulates my Georgetown experience. After hearing from the panelists, we were tasked to turn to our neighbors and begin answering emotionally loaded questions about diversity and how it may or may not intersect with our identities. This event, which I later found out was put on by the "What's a Hoya" program, introduced me to the world of social justice and advocacy. It introduced me to some of the best people I've met on campus. Only at Georgetown would you be able to go from sitting with complete strangers to engaging in really deep conversations about our place in the world. I was so moved by my fellow Hoyas willingness to be so open and vulnerable about their thoughts and experiences. I fell in love with diversity dialogues and providing platforms for people to share their stories, particularly minority voices and experiences."
"I'm a recent American studies and government major who works for the Office of Strategic Communications and Creative Services here on campus. My experience at Georgetown, as I wrote in my final undergraduate paper, can be described as 'discovering the real.' Be it learning about the world or learning about myself, I have encountered so many authentic experiences and people here at Georgetown. The four going on five years I've spent on the Hilltop have been a wonderful process of character development. I know I am not the same person now as I was when I came to this university, and I know I have not discovered the real. I am in the process of discovering the real, and always will be. I must continue to reflect, discern, and live a life characterized by love and concern for my common man. Administrators here, in my experience, bear this out everyday through their concern for students. I know it may not seem like it sometimes, but the administration truly cares about its students and I'm happy to work somewhere with such clearly defined values."