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New Students Come to 'Boot Camp for the Mind'

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August 29, 2010 – The Class of 2014 is coming to a "boot camp for the mind and a home for the heart," Provost James O'Donnell told undergraduates and transfer students at the university's New Student Convocation Aug. 29.

"[Georgetown is a place] for reaching and testing, for slowing down and speeding up and for taking responsibility -- for yourself and for the lives and world you're about to be handed," the provost said.

The new class has 1,580 members, along with 54 first-year students at the School of Foreign Service-Qatar in Doha. A total of 220 transfer students also are newcomers to the university.

Many Doors

Yonatan Moskowitz (C'11) addressed the new students as winner of the undergraduate McTighe Prize. He said students are responsible for making the most of their time at Georgetown.

"You are about to begin your college career at Georgetown, and believe me, you have no idea -- no matter how much you researched before you came here -- of the [many] doors that are just waiting for you to open," Moskowtiz said.

Privilege and Responsibility

President John J. DeGioia reminded students that those doors are available to relatively few worldwide.

Just one one-hundredth of 1 percent of the world's population will ever attend a major American research university, he said.

"What you do with this privilege matters," the president explained. "In the words of former Jesuit Superior General Pedro Arrupe, we must accept the responsibility of being women and men for others -- women and men who accept responsibility not only for their own personal development, but for the collective development of the human family."

A Second Home

Taking their daughter to start her academic career at Georgetown brought back memories for Andrea Smith Muller (SFS'81, L'85) and Rudolph Muller (L'85).

The family lives in Singapore, Smith Muller said, but dropping off Natalie (SFS'14) "feels like leaving her at a place that’s a second home."

"I grew up hearing all about Georgetown," the youngest Muller said. "This feels like the place where I was always supposed to be."

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