Dear Georgetown Freshman,
As I look back on my time at Georgetown, I cannot help but feel sad that my journey on the Hilltop is coming to an end; the experiences that I have had here have been challenging, thrilling, exciting, and life-changing. In reflecting on these past four years, however, one theme has stuck out to me as particularly important – learning through community.
During the first couple days of New Student Orientation, I felt lonely and scared. My peers were forming friendships at a remarkable rate, while I was forced to tag along with my roommate’s OA group to all of our events. In November of my freshman year, I called my mom and considered transferring to my state university. Sitting here now, three years later, I am certain that Georgetown is my home. Not only have I grown academically, but I have developed spiritually, politically, and emotionally; I have created my own personal identity without the biases of my parents. While my professors and classmates have played a role in this growth, my personal transformation is due in large part to the communities that I have had the privilege to engage with.
So here’s my advice to you: engage with your peers. My greatest learning at Georgetown has not occurred in the cold, windowless classrooms of the ICC, but rather in the halls of my freshman dorm, the dance studio in the HFSC, the sidelines of the Capital One Arena, and the streets of Georgetown. Sometimes, it is worth it to stay up that extra hour talking to your roommate, listening to her thoughts on issues where you differ. While you are here, I challenge you to make that hour count.
Finally, step outside of your comfort zone. Attend a discussion with a senator from the other side of the aisle. Listen to a panel of people who do not look like you. Ask questions. Watch new TV shows. Talk to a chaplain outside of your religious tradition. Without taking these risks, you will miss out on the most important aspect of Georgetown – its vibrant and diverse community.
Good luck and Hoya Saxa,