Studying at home is certainly not what I expected my college experience to be like. Although I have been able to build a routine, there are certain things I definitely miss from being on campus. The first would be the variety of study areas in Georgetown. I liked to rotate between Lauinger, Healy Family Student Center, the Leavy Center, and the Bioethics Research Library (just to name a few) because it kept my days from becoming monotonous. Each study spot has its own particular atmosphere, so I would select a place appropriate for what I had to do for the day. Pro-tip: never go to the second floor of Lau if you actually need to get something done.
The second thing most different from home would probably be the lack of a meal plan. Living on my own has made me realize that I am not a wonderful cook and that I miss having food ready for me at Leo’s. I definitely took the Quinoa bowls from Olive Branch for granted.
The third and most important aspect that is different from living at home is the amazing college community. Having a relatively small campus ensures that your friends are never far away and that you always bump into new people. Daily activities from university clubs and organizations allow you to never get bored, while the top-tier facilities make it a comfortable home for everyone. Although this past year has been very difficult for many, we can look forward to being safely back on campus in August. See you all there 🙂
I was born and raised in DC, so when I was deciding where to apply for college, I didn’t think about Georgetown at first. I was afraid of spending the next four years too close to home.After touring the school and seeing how much the students seemed to love it, I decided to apply. Four years later, as a senior who wishes she could go back and relive her time at Georgetown, I’m so glad I did.
From the minute I stepped foot on campus, I knew that my experience of DC as a college student would be far different than my experience of the city growing up. Georgetown’s campus is enclosed and located at the edge of the Georgetown neighborhood, separating it from the rest of the city. When I first got to campus, everything was new and different, and I felt distant from home. However, I quickly found a community of amazing friends on the Hilltop. I was introduced to new restaurants, like Mai Thai, Curry & Pie, and Falafel Inc, some of my favorites in Georgetown that I’d never heard of before getting to campus. I’ve brunched on U Street, gone axe throwing in NoMa, and danced with diplomats in the Library of Congress, getting more out of this city than I ever thought possible.
Not only has my time at Georgetown allowed me to see my hometown through a new lens, it has given me a brand new appreciation for DC. It has reminded me how much I love my beautiful, fun, historic, and exciting city, and I’m so glad I was able to spend the past four years here. I hope all of you have the chance to fall in love with DC the way I have through Georgetown!
When I decided to go far away from home for college I was really nervous. I had lived in the South for my entire life and was anxious for what my new far away destination would hold. I had heard, from my peers, that people from the north would be really rude and dismissive. Additionally, when I decided to come to Georgetown I was really nervous that I would not be able to measure up academically with my fellow Hoyas. However, I pushed through my anxiety and embarked on my expedition to the hilltop. When I arrived at school I was pleasantly surprised at how kind and open to meeting new people everyone was. I found such connections within these friendships that I had rarely experienced at home. Being at Georgetown made me realize how much I valued conversation in my relationships and how close you can feel to someone after learning who they truly are and what they have been through.
Coming from a small town, there wasn’t really much to do except go out to eat, go to the movies, and drive around aimlessly. Being in D.C. has been such a new experience. There are so many new restaurants to try and places to explore. For example, before I went home for Thanksgiving break my roommates and I took a trip to New York to stay with my roommate, Liz’s family. It was my first time in New York and it was wonderful. I’m so grateful for the experiences I have had as a result of coming to Georgetown and know you all have exciting paths that are awaiting you on the Hilltop!
DC is such a wonderful place to be any time of year, but especially in the summer when you have plenty of time to explore! Not only does DC have so many cool places to visit like the museums, monuments, kayaking on the Potomac, hiking and so much more, you can also find really amazing internships that are one of a kind. I know many of my friends have found internships to work on the hill and I had an internship at Children’s National in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit during a summer I stayed here. I learned more than I could’ve imagined, I met amazing people from other schools around DC, and I had more time to explore the city I have come to love. Not only did I visit more of the museums I’ve been dying to see, but I also drove up to Shenandoah National Park and spent the day hiking with my friends. If you’re looking to just have a relaxing summer with unending things to do or if you’re looking for a unique internship where you will learn all summer, Georgetown and DC offer both! My intern summer in DC has been one of my favorite memories of my time at Georgetown and my time in DC!
If you are a baseball fan like me, you may know that my home team, the Tampa Bay Rays, plays in the only fixed-roof dome stadium remaining in Major League Baseball: Tropicana Field. Thanks to the heat and evening thunderstorms that occur like clockwork every summer in Florida, I grew up going to baseball games as a retreat from the elements. It was not until my first game at Nationals Park after arriving at Georgetown that I realized just how much I had been missing.
The baseball experience at Nats Park is one of the best differences between life at Georgetown and life at home for me. Located in the bustling Navy Yard neighborhood across town and accessible on the Metro, getting to and from the ballpark is a quintessential big-city experience for D.C. newcomers. My last Nationals game (pictured) was on a warm, sunny April day about six months before the team made a run all the way to a World Series trophy in 2019. Inside the park, I was able to enjoy the weather, walk around the upper deck concourse to take in sweeping views of both the park and the city, and even grab Shake Shack to eat in my seat.
Coming from Florida, life at Georgetown has been characterized by subtle changes like this in all facets. As I stand now at the end of my four years here, I can tell you that these changes are what made my experience so new, so exciting, and so meaningful. Though I arrived with the usual nerves about leaving home, it was not long at all before Georgetown became home to me, too.
Hello! My name is Jackson and I am a Sophomore in the School of Foreign Service studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs with minors in Statistics and Computer Science. I am originally from Boise, Idaho but am currently living in DC with some of my friends!
Last summer, in the craziness of the COVID-19 pandemic, I spent most of my time at home with my family. However, I was able to complete a virtual internship with the United States Agency for International Development. Through this program, which I was connected to by one of my professors, I worked with the Office of Acquisition & Assistance as a strategy intern and was able to meet and work with other students from the DC area as well as professionals from all corners of the Department of State. Though the program was short, and sadly only took place over Google Meets, it was such a fantastic opportunity to meet more people and gain exposure in a field I am interested in. One perk of the virtual environment was that I was able to take multiple road trips up and down the West Coast while taking calls and meetings from the back of my friends’ cars!
Georgetown’s professors and faculty are passionate about making sure Hoyas are getting the most out of their experience on the Hilltop. I’ve had a number of professors serve as mentors over my past 2 years as a Georgetown student and am fortunate enough to have been connected to a number of really awesome opportunities just through some of my professors. Making connections with other students, professors, and faculty, especially in areas that genuinely interest you, is both a necessary and easy way to further engage with your coursework outside of class.
Summer internships can be daunting, and the process can be pretty confusing, but Georgetown provides a number of resources to help students get connected. The Cawley Career Center, my curricular dean, my professors, and even my peers all went out of their way to support me in applying for and eventually accepting an internship offer this past summer, and I will continue working with my colleagues and mentors to find my future after leaving the Hilltop!
I did not take any photos of the virtual work I was doing, but it was pretty awesome to be able to work from places like this! The virtual environment has proved to be challenging, but making the most of it, in whatever way I can, is helping me stay positive!
Georgetown students have a tendency to keep their summers as busy as the rest of the year, which is to say, packed. Among the overwhelming choices for ways to fill the summer with jobs, internships, or volunteering lies a gem: the MSB’s Oxford Study Abroad Program.
I had the opportunity to do the MSB Oxford program in 2019 and I can say with total confidence that it was one of the best experiences of my life.
Oxford University itself has an unmatched reputation and a rich history as one of the oldest universities in the world, not to mention the fact that it’s truly postcard-worthy gorgeous. The surrounding town is quaint but vibrant with lots of afternoon tea spots, sightseeing, and of course, great pubs. If you’re a nerd like me you’ll appreciate that the Harry Potter movies were filmed there, so it’s as close as you’ll get to Hogwarts.
The program schedule is full of cool events, from visits to various prominent company headquarters in London (just an hour away by train), cultural excursions, esteemed guest speakers, and school-sponsored (!!!) gin and wine tastings.
The six-week program is a great option especially if your schedule doesn’t allow for a full semester abroad. As an international business and marketing major, the program at first seemed to have a heavy finance emphasis, but both of the classes satisfied credits I needed even without a finance major.
I would highly recommend this program to anyone considering it. Taking into account the friendships made, knowledge gained, and cultural immersion experienced, there was no better way to spend the summer and I wish I could do it all over again!
One of the great things about Georgetown is the number of clubs and student organizations we have on campus. They provide so many opportunities to find a community with similar interests or identities. One of the clubs in which I have found a community is Georgetown University Women in Leadership, or GUWIL for short.
The club promotes a welcoming environment without an application and allows students to attend as few or as many meetings as they like. From internship panels to Women’s History Month scavenger hunts or just talking to new members and eating cupcakes together, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people, eat free food, and prepare for professional life.
Feeling like you are part of the Georgetown community is especially important this year while we’re away from campus and I am glad I have found a community in clubs like GUWIL.
Summer break is always a great time to explore different interests, both personally and pre-professionally. While there are an endless number of ways to spend your summer, I’ve found the resources on the Hilltop to be very helpful in my search.
For those looking for professional experience, Georgetown’s Cawley Career Center is great at helping students find internships and work opportunities in DC and around the world. Both the staff and the students working there host office hours, recruiting events, and workshops to help students with any professional development they need. For those interested in volunteering, the Center for Social Justice hosts a variety of programs local to DC and beyond, with a focus on Georgetown’s mission to support the common good. Other summer options include taking courses at Georgetown, or with transferable credit from another college.
I spent the last summer doing a research internship with a healthcare software startup, an opportunity I was able to find on Georgetown’s career website. I had the chance to learn a ton of transferable skills that I’ve been able to develop throughout the rest of my time on campus. On
top of this, I picked up mountain biking as a quarantine hobby, which gave me a way to stay active during my summer internship.
One of the best and most unique aspects of student life at Georgetown is the strong presence of clubs and organizations on campus. One of my favorite groups that I’m involved with is the club-level ski racing team!
Created just last year, the Georgetown Ski Club gave me the opportunity to travel to Virginia with around ten other students for a few weekends in January and February of last year (pre-covid). The Georgetown Ski Club is a part of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association and we were able to compete against other schools in the area like UVA and Duke. Experience levels range from the casual weekend skier to pre-professional racers, which creates a great community of college students who are just there to have fun and enjoy the snow. We competed in several races, and our team finished with some members in the top ten of the league!
The club also allowed me to meet people well outside my usual social circle and make new friends across majors, ages, and interests. I was so appreciative to the seniors who organized the group and made sure that we could have a safe, fun, and carefree break from the Hilltop, skiing with a great group of students.
I am so glad that I was able to find a community of like-minded students on campus who shared my love for skiing and this is just one of many groups on campus that I am so thankful to be a part of! I hope that you will soon find your place on the Hilltop and experience everything Georgetown has to offer!