"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."