Now that I am well into my sophomore year at Georgetown, I often take time to reflect on my time here so far and where I see myself developing. Although freshman year seemed to fly by in a flash, there were definitely challenges to overcome and defining moments that will stick with me beyond my time here. I often think back to what I wish I knew before stepping foot on campus, and here are my top five pieces of advice I wish I got as a freshman!
Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin
Cannot stress this enough. At Georgetown, you’ll feel expected to join an array of clubs, while studying, socializing, sleeping, planning your future, and also staying sane?? Rest assured, you will be surrounded by driven peers just like yourself. That’s the beauty of this place, at any given moment, there are countless other students in the same boat as you. Everyone is trying their best. Amidst all this, it is so important to take time for yourself, and remind yourself why you are here. Club rejections are inevitable, so are the occasional bad grades. But knowing how to manage your time and prioritize your involvements will set you on a path to success. Clubs are important and add to your Georgetown experience, but your main priority is being a student—extra-curricular stress should never take that away from you! Trying to do every single thing offered on this campus is just…impossible. There are so many amazing opportunities and you are going to have to see which ones add to life in the most meaningful ways. Don’t lose yourself.
You don’t have to be surrounded by other people 24/7
Coming to college, it’s common to feel pressure in terms of establishing a social group right off the bat. However, you shouldn’t forget how important it is to reserve time for yourself. Sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed, the best thing to do is venture off campus on my own or grab a meal and call my parents. It shouldn’t stress you out to go on a solo Leo’s outing, lots of people do it.
SEEK out opportunities!
There are so many opportunities at Georgetown waiting for you to discover. Figure out what your interests are, do your research, and seize them! I spent my freshman summer interning for 10 weeks in the Philippines on a fellowship funded by my school. If I hadn’t reached out to mentors and searched through lists and lists of programs abroad, I wouldn’t have had the chance to experience what became the most transformational summer of my life. This university is filled to the brim with resources and opportunities that you don’t want to miss. Take them.
Seek out mentorship
Hoyas are so passionate about their Georgetown experience; they are usually more than willing to help you navigate yours as well. Most of the best decisions I made and chances I took were results of speaking with people who’ve had similar interests and relevant experiences. Through my involvements in various clubs and events on campus, I’ve had the opportunity to meet others more experienced than me—I love learning from them.
Kinda cliché, but it’s so hard to get lost in the stress and business of college. I am truly happiest when I take moments to reflect on the fact that I am in a vibrant city, on a beautiful campus, surrounded by people I love. Georgetown has so much to give to each and every Hoya here, it’s up to you to make the best out of it.