Finding your Future on the Hilltop

Hello, future Hoyas!

My name is Sarah and I’m a junior in the SFS studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs. I’m from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Like many Georgetown students, I came to Georgetown as an undeclared major. I had been accepted into the SFS, but the dizzying array of majors in the school made me question what I really wanted to do with my life, even as a first-year. Would I pursue an economics-centric IECO major, or go into the more free-form CULP? What about International History or Regional and Comparative Studies?

Ultimately, what led me to STIA was my interest in biology in addition to international relations. Although I wasn’t interested in being pre-med, I still wanted to get some background in the sciences to back up my liberal arts education. I couldn’t be happier with the STIA major. I cannot wait to go into the global health field with a background in both International Relations and biology.

My favorite part about Georgetown, though, is that every major has its own appeal. Even my friends in the SFS have diverged into their own unique study path, and I love hearing about how our interests inform how we interpret our core curriculum classes or even the daily news. No matter what course of study you ultimately choose, you’re guaranteed to be challenged by amazing professors and exciting material every day.

Georgetown’s diversity of majors, even within each college, is just one aspect that drew me to enroll. Being able to choose my own path through college was very important to me and I’m glad to have had the freedom to take classes that fit my interests before declaring a major. I hope that you, too, are excited to explore your academic passions here on the Hilltop!

Hoya Saxa!

Sarah (SFS ’23)​​

Don’t Be Intimidated, Choose the SFS!

Last year, in the midst of my college application process, I was plagued by a question that I just could not seem to answer: which Georgetown school to apply to, the College or the School of Foreign Service (SFS)? Even though I was certain of my desire to attend Georgetown, I was still uncertain what I wanted to major in. Since most of my activities in high school had been geared towards political science and government, I at first assumed that I would simply just apply to College. Additionally, I was intimidated by the SFS because of my relative lack of prior knowledge of international news or affairs. It took time, but after deeper research into the resources, looking at the SFS course offerings, and speaking with some Georgetown alum, I realized that the SFS was the right fit for me.

The SFS appealed to me specifically because I still did not know what appealed to me. I’ve already taken many core courses for my first two semesters that have allowed me the opportunity to explore a diverse range of subjects within and outside the range of international relations. For example, one of the classes I was nervous to take was Map of the Modern World, a one-credit course required for all SFS students, with its staple country-naming and geographic facts exams. Though it might seem overwhelming at first, I learned so much important knowledge that will continue to be essential for me regardless of the major or career path I eventually choose. 

While all four Georgetown schools are amazing, I am so glad that I have found the best school for me in the School of Foreign Service!

Sarah (SFS ‘25)

GAAP’s “Finding Home on the Hilltop”

Choosing Your Toolbox to Effect Change in the World

Hey future Hoyas!

Choosing a school and a major at Georgetown is one of the most important and rewarding experiences. Not only will it (partially) define who you are for the next four years – the “Georgetown intro” always includes your school, major, and year– but it will also be your gateway to explore and engage with academic material that will equip you to make a difference in the world.

When I was applying to Georgetown, I knew that I wanted to study something related to politics. Truth be told, one requirement (and a main difference between the College and SFS) convinced me to choose the School of Foreign Service: the language proficiency requirement. Having taken Latin all years of high school, I thought that this requirement would be a huge inspiration to finally learn a language I can use to communicate and engage with communities and cultures across the globe. I know that not every high school student chooses to take Latin, but I can assure you that despite the difficulties it takes to reach proficiency, every SFS student walks across the stage at graduation grateful for the time spent learning a language. 我希望你们也都对外语感兴趣!

During my sophomore year, I officially declared International Political Economy as my major. If I’m being honest, I was not the strongest economics student in my first two years at Georgetown. However, my economics classes were consistently the most interesting, and my professors were incredible. From professors like Carol Rogers and Dean Mitch Kaneda, they made the models and equations in the textbooks come to life as we discussed human action and rationality, which lay foundational to each statistical figure. Since declaring my major, I have learned skills such as coding to analyze data, explored the relationship between political motivations and economic policies, and reflected on human nature.

I hope that, when you all face the decision of selecting a school or major, you all see this choice as the means by which you can explore what interests you most and best prepare for the world beyond college. It’s a daunting decision, of course; but it’s also a deeply rewarding choice to make. I wish you all the best!

Leo John Arnett (SFS ‘22)

Cherry Blossom Spring

One of my favorite memories from my first year is when my friends and I went to walk around the Tidal Basin during peak cherry blossom season. We walked from campus to the monuments, took pictures under the trees, and ate food and listened to music at the D.C. cherry blossom festival. It was the day of the Spring Kite festival on the National Mall, too, so we got to see the hundreds of people flying their colorful kites overhead! We laid on the grass for hours, then got dinner and walked back to campus while enjoying the nice weather.

Even though that day was long ago now, it’s still one of my favorite memories from Georgetown. Spring in D.C. is one of the best times of the year—I hope you get a chance to enjoy it sometime.  

Allie, SFS ’22

Ultimately my Best College Decision

I came to Georgetown excited to join clubs, challenge myself, and develop new hobbies. During a morning wellness session of my pre-orientation program (a leadership program before orientation), I was introduced to the club ultimate frisbee team. After learning how to throw a frisbee during the session, I was shocked by the welcoming nature of the team and the way they balanced a competitive atmosphere and supportive team. By the end of my first semester at Georgetown, I had learned how to throw a flick, what a huck was, and how to play a sport I barely knew about just four months prior. Since then, my teammates have become my roommates, my mentors, my study buddies, and my best friends. We spend practices improving our frisbee skills, but more importantly, we spend time outside of practice studying together, eating together, exploring D.C. together, and just hanging out. Each semester, we road trip to tournaments on the weekend up to 6 hours away. Not only has ultimate frisbee challenged me physically and given me the best teammates I could have imagined, but it has also pushed me out of my comfort zone and engaged me in a totally new activity. This isn’t to say that at Georgetown I haven’t continued my extracurriculars from high school, but Georgetown has given me an opportunity to grow beyond that and explore new passions in a supportive environment.

Lights, Camera, (Early) Action!

Hello Hoyas, both new and hopeful! We are so excited because we hosted our first in person GAAP weekend in 3 years on the Hilltop!

Over the course of the weekend, we welcomed our early action admitted students in the class of 2026 and their families. It was so wonderful to see campus full of new Hoyas! And we want to extend aa special thank you to all of our GAAP volunteers who made this GAAP weekend possible!

We had everything from tours of campus, tours of the Georgetown neighborhood, student panels, performances from students and so much more! GAAP weekends are a great time for Hoyas both old and new to spend time sharing their love of Georgetown and experiencing campus life! We had so much fun hosting our first GAAP weekend, and here’s to many more!

The GAAP Board

My Home Away From Home

Hi! My name is Saba Alfred, I am from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and I am a first-year student in the SFS. Let me tell you, Georgetown is drastically different from home, but not to worry, Georgetown quickly becomes home. Being born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I had to get used to not saying ‘good morning’ or ‘good afternoon’ to everyone that passes by, meeting new people every day, and THE WEATHER. It is the middle of winter right now and it is much colder than the coldest it ever gets in St. Croix: a whopping 75 degrees. I have spent an ample amount of time on M Street shopping for sweaters, jackets, pretty much anything that will keep me warm. I will say that DC has a much milder winter that the rest of the Northeast so you’ll eventually get adjusted.

Something else I had to get used to was how big the campus population is. At home, I was accustomed to knowing everyone in my high school class and their family and vice versa. Well, my high school class did have 21 people but introducing yourself and the process of making friends was different for me. Having friends that I had since pre-school, coming to Georgetown was like a fresh start. It is important to put yourself out there and just be open to any new possibilities.

The academics at Georgetown can be overwhelming sometimes, especially the competitive aspect of it. The key is definitely time management. I know that it is hard and I definitely need to follow my own advice but it’s true. I find that work usually comes in waves like one week is just a couple of readings for class and the next week you suddenly have 3 papers and an exam. I would recommend having a planner and getting ahead of your work when there’s a light week. The academic quality at Georgetown is unparalleled. It really makes you want to take advantage of the professors that you get access to, that are professionals and seasoned

experts in their field. The students at Georgetown are smart, passionate, and most importantly, eager to learn. I love that I can have serious conversations with my friends about current events but also light-hearded things like the latest episode of Great British Bake Off.

As far as living in D.C. goes, things are different but it’s the perfect city to adjust to when coming from a different environment. The public transportation is fairly easy to navigate although it does suck that Georgetown does not have a metro stop, the GUTS bus is a great alternative. The GUTS bus is a bus that Georgetown runs and the stops include Arlington, Rosslyn, Dupont Circle, Wisconsin Ave., and more. You can go anywhere your heart desires…in the DMV area at least. I really recommend exploring DC whenever you can, whether it’s Capitol Hill or Adams Morgan, it’s a city full of rich culture, good food, and powerful people. All in all Georgetown is drastically different from my island home but it has quickly become my second home.

Hoya Saxa,

Saba

My Georgetown Transition

Hi Future Hoyas,

While everyone comes from a wide range of high schools, I think even the most intense high school could not have half the insane opportunities available that Georgetown provides. My high school in Mississippi was tiny, with no extracurricular activities except sports, so when I attended my first Club Fair at Georgetown I was amazed at the options. It’s impossible to try to name all of the organizations, but here are a few that I find particularly unique: multiple finance groups that manage funds with millions of dollars, orchestras that play in the Kennedy Center, the world’s largest entirely student run company, comedy clubs with alumni like John Mulaney, every kind of politically affiliated organization that all love to frequent the Capitol, and dozens of charitable organizations that work all around DC. 

Every day I meet someone who is in a different club and it’s really inspiring to see people follow and develop their passions outside of class. Aside from student organizations, however, there are a myriad of opportunities academically. Obviously, the course selection is large, and you can take a niche class in almost anything that interests you. Professors here are truly at the top of their field. Outside of courses, you can also apply for cohorts and programs that give you extra education in everything from creative writing to environmental sustainability. And, with our close proximity to Capitol Hill, many politicians and reporters have their own programs to give you an inside look into careers in their fields. 

Clubs, classes, and the endless social scene are usually very great and inspiring, and I will always be thankful for the experiences I have had here on campus so far. There are, however, times when I really need a break from other people. I was often worried that in coming from Mississippi to DC I would miss the wide open spaces and trees. Living in DC is definitely completely different in that you never truly have privacy. It takes effort to get away, but it’s worth it when you do. I have gone hiking in Maryland and Virginia, canoeing on the Potomac, and frequented the biking and running trails in the parks of DC. 

Most things at Georgetown take work and effort. But at the end of the day, it is endlessly inspiring and genuinely fun to be here. I would not change the differences from home for anything.

Hoya Saxa,

Allan

Georgetown Spirit

Hey Future Hoyas! 

My name is Michelle Cho. I’m from Staten Island, New York and am a freshman in the College majoring in biology! Throughout my first semester at Georgetown, I’ve made so many amazing friends and memories but my all-time favorite is making the Georgetown cheerleading team and cheering at the basketball games, especially the Syracuse-Georgetown game! I had heard about our rivalry games before coming to Georgetown, but I wasn’t prepared for how crazy and exciting it would be to actually present, let alone cheering at the games! 

Being on the Georgetown cheerleading team has provided me with a second family here on the Hilltop. Through countless practices, jokes, and team hangouts, I know that I’ve found a group of people here who will support me no matter what! One thing that I love about our team is that all our dances are choreographed by team members and we perform a new dance almost every week! It’s so much fun and exciting to see my teammate’s choreography come to life! 

The Syracuse-Georgetown game was definitely the best game I had cheered at! There were so many past and present Hoyas in the stands and you could feel the energy and school spirit radiating through Capital One Arena! And there was no better feeling than celebrating the win with my best friends and the whole extended Georgetown community. 

I know that you will love Georgetown and I can’t wait to see you at the games! I’ll be cheering you on! Hoya Saxa! 

Michelle Cho COL ‘25

Being a Hoya Means “And,” not “Or.”

Hello Future Hoyas! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out Georgetown! My name is John, and I am a student in the College (‘25) on the pre-med track planning to major in Biology of Global Health with a minor in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. I’m from Denver, Colorado, and while Washington D.C. has been a far cry from the mountainous landscape I grew up in, I have been thrilled and fulfilled by all that Georgetown has to offer. 

While Georgetown has enabled me to amalgamate my passion for both humanities and the natural sciences in an interdisciplinary study plan, the student life and extracurricular opportunities have provided equally enriching dimensions. Whether it be playing the piano with one of the Georgetown church choirs, fighting off the freshman 15 (Trust me it’s hard with the delicious D.C. dining scene) on the club swim team with an amazing group of individuals, or confronting the disparities that surround us and the lives they impact through the Homelesness Outreach and Education Program, Georgetown has allowed me to nourish my personality and values in a multifaceted way. You can be a student and whatever else you want to be. 

Georgetown has hundreds of clubs in addition to projects that interact directly with industries and communities at the forefront of pressing global issues: such as a primate conservation project I am involved with in the Biology department or the endless faculty-led research projects. Yet the true character of Georgetown cannot be captured solely by its formal opportunities. There is a certain richness and vivacity to life in the Georgetown community that one can enjoy each and every day. Some of my best memories from the semester were when I explored the historic streets of Washington D.C. with friends, or when we decided to set our work aside and go kayaking on the Potomac to the golden light of a D.C. sunset. Even something as simple as gathering after a hectic week at a local Indian restaurant was an experience I will never forget. Georgetown has the resources to help you succeed immensely, yet it is simultaneously infused with a spirit of seizing the joy of each moment. It is up to you how to strike the balance. 

We hope you join us!

John Katial COL’25