What’s a Hoya: Professional Mentorship


Every year, GUSA holds three sessions of What’s a Hoya, a program intended to educate first-year students about life at Georgetown with the incentive of increased housing points for their sophomore year. This past weekend, What’s a Hoya held three modules on mentorship, with one module’s focus being professional mentorship.

Speaking to the first year students were three current Georgetown undergraduate students, an MBA student, the recruiter for the Cawley Career Center, and the Director of the Cawley Career Center (located in Leavey Center next to the bookstore).

One of the biggest pieces of advice given by the panel was to utilize Georgetown alumni resources for professional mentorship. The panel was in agreement that alumni want to hear from undergraduate students, learn more about their experiences, and help in any other ways they can.

“Hoyas will help Hoyas regardless of major or school.” – Matt Kelly (COL ‘08), current MBA student and representative for Hoya Gateway, an online resource for Georgetown students to reach out to alumni for advice and jobs.

Even as a freshman, many Hoyas worry about what comes next: internships, jobs, graduate schools, etc. The panel discussed how a lot of this panic is unnecessary, and how there isn’t one set path for any student. They found mentors in alumni, professors, and even older students. Simply talking to them helped the members of the panel in their own professional development by offering tips, getting them connected to others in their field, and helping them think big-picture.

“Keep an open mind, but if you know what you want to do, go for it.” – Mike Shaub, Director of the Cawley Career Center.

The panel encouraged students to major in something they like, not just something they think will get them a better job down the road. Multiple members on the panel started as pre-med and ended with degrees from history and theology to psychology. Georgetown provides so many opportunities to its students and helps them prepare for life beyond the Hilltop — reaching out to professors, alumni, and other students for guidance will help get you where you want to go.

Meet Comms!


You may hear a lot about different GUSA policy teams on campus, from Mental Health to Arts to Socioeconomic Inclusivity. There’s one group that is behind the scenes, coordinating social media campaigns for different events and getting the word out about what on Earth GUSA is doing: Communications! Here are the faces behind our Facebook page, blog, outreach efforts, videography, weekly newsletter, and so much more.

nataliaDirector of Communications: Natalia Peña

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, I am a Senior in the College double majoring in Government and History and minoring in Justice and Peace Studies. I’m the Director of GUSA’s Communications team, the Co-Chair of TEDxGeorgetown, a Choreographer for Rangila and a Zumba Instructor at Yates. When I’m not busy, I can be found playing Assassin’s Creed on my Playstation 4 or eating acai bowls.
thomasDeputy Director of Strategic Marketing: Thomas Massad

Hi! My name is Thomas Massad and I’m Deputy Director in the GUSA Comms department. Natalia and I are the only seniors in Comms, so I feel like the grumpy old man of the group, particularly since I’ve been involved with GUSA since my freshman year. I originally participated just because I thought it was something I should do, but I really got into it when I saw the amazing work that GUSA was doing. As a GSP student, it was an enormous help for me when an old administration (Trevor and Omika) secured four years of university housing for myself and a whole host of other students. It’s not something a lot of students around campus knew about, but for myself and other students like me it was hugely significant. People don’t often hear about GUSA’s enormous accomplishments–in Comms, we’re trying to turn that around!

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Deputy Director of Social Media/Blogmaster: Angela Caprio

Hey Georgetown! I’m Angela Caprio, and I am a sophomore double-majoring in German and Political Economy. I have greatly enjoyed my work in GUSA Communications, beginning with my work doing Social Media for the Crenushe campaign last spring. GUSA Comms has given me the opportunity to be creative, and at the same time, do the important task of increasing the transparency and accessibility of the student government. “What does GUSA do?” is a very important question for the student body to have, and we want to keep the answers readily available — from the weekly blog and weekly tabling (Thursdays 11-5!) to daily Facebook posts. I’m so proud of the work that we do here, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store!

kevinDeputy Director of Social Media/Graphic Design: Kevin Durham

Hi! I am Kevin Durham and I am the current Deputy Director for Social Media for the Georgetown University Student Association and a Sophomore in the McDonough School of Business majoring in Marketing and Finance with a minor in Studio Art. I am from Washington, DC, and I completely fascinated with Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep and Williams-Sonoma. I love cooking and discovering new cuisines — my speciality is butternut squash lasagna and my favorite movie is Death Becomes Her (Watch It)
I’ve been a part of GUSA since my freshman year where I was a member of the Academic Reform policy team and the Freshmen Executive Committee. I remember hearing so many people say how GUSA does nothing, or that they had no idea what was going on throughout campus and I knew that joining the communications team would allow for me to ensure that every student had the ability to learn about the things going on on campus.

kaylanDeputy Director of Graphic Design: Kaylan Coke

I am a sophomore from sunny Miami, Florida, studying Global Health in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. I serve as the Deputy Director of Communications on the Georgetown University Student Association after serving as the Director of Graphics under Crenushe campaign. I am currently a Blue and Gray Tour Guide and work for The Corp IT+Marketing Department as well as the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access as a Student Peer Facilitator for ‘A Different Dialogue’. When I’m not dreaming of 75° weather or at a Comms meeting, I enjoy eating lots of mac & cheese, and listening to Beyoncé.

13131105_10209314770655603_8700744840386952516_o.jpgDeputy Director of Videography: Nick Gloria

My school year is 2019, I’m currently undeclared, and I’m from Newton, Massachusetts. I joined GUSA because I wanted to help Student Government have a more positive image on campus, and more specifically GUSA because I love video and music. On campus, I work for GUSA, Phantoms A Cappella, Hilltoss, TEDx, and Unsung Heroes. My favorite music to edit to is Kanye, Travis Scott, and Lil Yachty, and my dream job is to spend the 25th and 26th years of my life making music videos for and up and coming rapper. If I were a character from a sitcom, I would be Dennis from Always Sunny in Philadelphia, because he’s lovable and sadistic.

cat-cafe-me-2Graphic Designer: Angela Bai

I am a senior in the College majoring in biology and minoring in business administration. I am the Arthropod Extermination Specialist for the Rooted House on Magis Row. Additionally, I’m really good at finding parts in a Word document where there are two spaces by accident. In my free time I like to fry eggs and collect cardboard boxes for the purpose of art, and I am the happiest when I have food in both hands. By the end of 2016 I will have been both above the Arctic Circle and below the Antarctic Circle. Show her a typeface and she will tell you what it is.

Webmaster: Tiffany Tao

IMG_2885Newsletter & Polling Director: Roey Hadar

I am a senior in the SFS studying International Politics, and I am the creator and editor of the GUSA Weekly Newsletter. I am originally from Fair Haven, NJ, down the Jersey Shore, although I get quite annoyed if you mention the TV show of the same name. Although not a veteran of GUSA, I enjoy the work that I do with Comms. When I’m not at a Comms meeting, I can often be found sitting in the HFSC watching a major sporting event, running the Quiz Bowl club’s bi-weekly practices, or dancing like no one is watching at Hoyas’ men’s basketball games.

sitting-senate-photoSenate Liaison/Director of Logistics: William Morris

Hey everybody! My name is William Morris and I am really excited to be a part of the GUSA Comms team again for this upcoming year. I served as a Senator last year and initially got involved with Comms as a liaison with the GUSA Senate. This year, having been re-elected, I look forward to continuing this role! Within Comms, I formally serve as Director of Logistics (and informally as Master of Fork Acquisition). I’m from Dallas, Texas, and had lived there my whole life until coming to Georgetown. Aside from GUSA, I participate in Ultimate Frisbee and Chi Alpha on the Hilltop. Interestingly, I have a twin sister who also attends Georgetown! Overall, I’m definitely looking forward to all the great things the Comms team will accomplish this year!

New Members!

august-graduation-pictureSecretary of Communications: Augie Iorio

Hey I’m Augie and I’m a freshman in the SFS from Westchester, New York, planning on majoring in International Politics. I wanted to join Comms because I think it’s important that the student body understands how transparent GUSA is and how they can benefit best from its services. However, in that spirit of that transparency I feel obliged to disclose that the Tuxedo I’m wearing in my picture is fake.

11732024_866293740130164_6275778951333093885_oDeputy Blog Coordinator: Lille Brow

Hi! I’m Lille Brown and I am a freshman in the SFS, c/o 2020! I’m thinking about majoring in International Politics — subject to change. I’m so excited to be joining COMMS and GUSA as a whole! I want to help the Comms team create messaging that will resonate with the entire student body, making each club/association member understand that they are important to GUSA. I’m so pumped for this year!



Version 2Secretary of Outreach: Paula Hong

Hello Georgetown! My name is Paula Hong and I am a freshman in the College. I am currently undeclared, but hope to major in Government and minor in Journalism. Growing up playing golf, a huge part of who I am is getting to know and meet new people. This is a big reason for why I wanted to join GUSA’s Communications team – because I would love to get to know every member of the Georgetown bubble! Thanks!


grace-chungVideographer: Grace Chung

Hello! My name is Grace Chung, and I am a freshman in the College. I’m currently undeclared (surprise, surprise) but am potentially thinking about double minoring in Spanish and business administration. I have never been involved in student government, and I thought joining Comms would be a good way to get my feet wet. I have also had a growing interest in marketing and advertising, and this team seemed like the perfect space to learn just that. So far, I have been loving it- namely, the brownies and the excessive amount of forks for finger foods at my very first meeting. I hope to be a source of help for anyone who needs it, and I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone :~)

img_2822Deputy Newsletter Coordinator/Graphic Designer: Cate O’Leary

Hi, my name is Cate O’Leary! I’m a member of the School of Foreign Service Class of 2019 majoring in International Economics and minoring in French. Outside of my studies and GUSA, I’m a member of the Georgetown University Women’s Rowing team, the Minnesota State Chair for GAAP, and an SFS Economics tutor. This year, I joined the Comms team to develop my creative design skills and to make the things GUSA does for Georgetown students well-known. I’m very excited to be a part of GUSA and I can’t wait to start working!


Meet the Senate!

Last week, the Georgetown student body elected the GUSA Senate for the 2016-2017 school year. You’ve been seeing their posts in the GAAP groups for the last few weeks and their posters hanging up all over campus. Here’s who won your votes:

Freshman North (Darnall & Harbin)

img_0148Billy O’Carroll (SFS ’20) – Undecided: I am from Milton, MA, which is right outside of Boston. I ran for GUSA because I did student government in high school and really enjoyed having a role in improving my school. My hope for this year is to at least discuss the possibility of moving freshmen elections to second semester so freshmen can run on more substantive platforms. I look forward to this year in GUSA!



img_0726Joshua Sirois (SFS ’20) – International Economics: As a freshman, this first month on the Hilltop has been crazy: moving to a new home, meeting new people, joining new organizations, deciding to run for GUSA Senate…it’s all been a blur! There have been ups and downs and moments in between, and I truly can’t imagine beginning my college experience in any other way. Like my first month on campus, I see that Georgetown, too, has its own ups and downs and moments in between, and that’s why I would say I ran for GUSA Senate. I want to be a mouthpiece for the student body in times of good, bad, and somewhere in between. I hope that I can do my part in making Georgetown the best community for each and every Hoya.

aneeshAneesh Rahangdale (COL ’20) – Political Economy: I am an avid runner, chill dude, and aspiring comedian from Tallahassee, Florida. As a senator, I hope to connect with the student body in ways I would not be able to otherwise and bring meal swipes to Epi.





Freshman South (Harbin & New South)

zach-oscin-15-very-small-cropZach Oschin (SFS ’20) – Global Business: I am so excited to be at Georgetown and to get to know the other freshmen. There is so much opportunity to improve the programs that already exist here, and I can help do it with input from my friends and peers.



javonJavon Price (SFS ’20) – International Politics: Hey everyone! My name is Javon Price and I’m excited to represent the Freshman of Freshman South this year in the Senate. A little bit about me: I’m from Fairfax, Virginia. In high school, I was an active member of student government and I’m ready to get to work this year in GUSA. Looking forward, I’m hoping to make sure that the Class of 2020 is represented in the Senate this year on issues such as: choosing the next dining provider, encouraging renovations of Freshman dorms, and strengthening the relationship between the students and the administration! I’m ready to work with you all this year and I’m excited for the things to come!

image1Charles Hajjar (MSB ’20) – Undecided: I’m from Milton, Massachusetts (just south of Boston) and decided to run for the GUSA senate to advocate for my fellow freshmen. I hope to tackle issues related to the meal swipe plans, aid in creating a more inclusive community for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, and begin taking steps towards completely divesting the university’s endowment from fossil fuel companies.




North Campus (Henle & Arrupe)

owenOwen Hayes (COL ’18) – Government & EconomicsOriginally from New York, this is my second year in the GUSA Senate. I will be serving as the Chair of the Finance & Appropriations Committee this year, and I hope to work closely with student leaders to determine where funding can most effectively be allocated to improve the Georgetown experience for everyone.

Sitting senate photo.pngWilliam Morris (COL ’19) – Undecided: I had the privilege of serving in GUSA last year as freshman and I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of my constituents in Henle and Arrupe as well as for the good of Georgetown as a whole. I am particularly passionate about improving GUSA internally and partnering with campus organizations to create the best community possible. Last year, I worked with the GUSA Communications team and the Religious Inclusivity policy team. This year I hope to build upon past accomplishments and work alongside our new class of senators to make the Hilltop a better place. I believe that together we can make a lasting difference and I welcome the challenge of the work to come.

Central Campus (Copley, Former Jesuit Residence, Village C East)

white-houseCaroline Barnes (COL ’19) – French & Government: Hey Hoyas! My name is Caroline Barnes and I’m a sophomore from Croton-on-Hudson, New York, studying French and Government in the College. I live in Copley and am one of the three Senators representing Central Campus. This is my first year in the GUSA Senate, however I was an active volunteer in the Crenushe campaign last semester and am currently the secretary of the Arts policy team, as well as a member of the Dining Hall and Residential Life policy teams. During my first year at Georgetown, I was the Harbin Hall Council President and was able to organize monthly events, meet new freshman, and establish myself in a leadership role that helped acclimate other first years and create a smaller community here on campus. Although I enjoyed this position freshman year, I was ready to take it to the next level and explore other opportunities that were more issue-oriented and addressed the larger student-body. With this experience, in addition to the many years of student government in middle and high school, I am excited to bring my energy and ideas to the Senate and work closely with the incredible Executive who are equally passionate about bringing positive change to the Hilltop and GUSA as a whole.

guyEvan Farrara (COL ’19) – Political Economy: I hail from Palm City, Florida and have previously been involved in GUSA’s Freshman Executive Committee and Accessibility Policy Team. I hope to continue to work with the Accessibility Team to make this campus as inclusive as it can be and to work on a variety of Residential Living issues that I outlined in my campaign.


img_6860Hunter Estes (SFS ’19) – International Politics: I’m originally from Potomac, Maryland, and attended Georgetown Preparatory School. In high school, I was deeply impacted by the principles which drive the Jesuit education system. I was inspired to continue my Jesuit education at Georgetown. I recognize how incredibly blessed I am to attend Georgetown and just hope that in my short time on the Hilltop I can have an impact that will last long after I’m gone. I have been active on the executive side so far, as president of VCW Hall Council, Vice-Chair of the Free Speech team, and a student rep. to the Board of Governors and hoped to extend my impact further by joining the student senate. I greatly look forward to the good that I can have on the community that means so much to me.

South Campus (Village A)

West Campus (Southwest Quad)

FullSizeRender-1.pngJasmin Ouseph (SFS ’19) – STIA: I’m from Pembroke Pines, FL (it’s kinda near Miami, I guess). I love dogs, tea, pretending I’m a photographer, tagging people in memes, etc. I ran for GUSA last year because I thought I could ~make a difference~ and in some ways I did. In other ways, I really didn’t, but that’s partly why I ran again. I value inclusivity and representation, and I think GUSA’s unfortunate reputation as being a white boy’s club can turn Hoyas from all sorts of marginalized communities off, so I’m slowly hoping to work on putting a dent in that image.


Isaac Liu (COL ’20) – Government & EconomicsI mainly ran to make sure the voices of freshmen in LLCs in my quad were heard and in order to offer my ideas to greater community. I plan to work on issues surrounding the arts (particularly the music/visual arts scene), technology, and possibly sustainability although I may introduce and work on projects in other areas as well. Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia


benBen Baldwin (SFS ’19) – International Politics: I am a sophomore in the SFS from Middleburg Heights, OH. In my second year in the GUSA Senate, I hope to continue to work on sustainability and master planning initiatives. I believe that together we can make Georgetown green again. A fun-loving Taurus, I plan to make this representative student government as student-oriented and representational as possible.


East Campus (LXR, Alumni Square, Nevils, Townhouses)

fullsizerender-1Zainab Feroze (SFS ’18) – STIA: Hey, everyone! I’m Zainab Feroze, a junior in the SFS majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. I’m a nerd who enjoys The Office as much as I love coding, a liberal who was raised in a town where cows outnumber people, and a student who spends more time at Sweetgreen than in Lau. But most importantly, I’m a firm believer that every Hoya — regardless of their background or circumstances— has the right to experience all the best Georgetown has to offer. As a former member of GUSA’s Multicultural Council, I hope to continue advocating for Hoyas of all races, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses. If you have any questions, slide into my DMs. Hoya Saxa!

_dsc0618Alex Bobroske (SFS ’17) – International Politics: I spent the last year building the Crenushe machine, serving both as Enushe and Chris’ Campaign Manager and then Chief of Staff for the first half of their administration. After increasing demands for SWUG representation in the Senate and avocados on campus, I assumed the role as Chairman of the SWUG Party in September 2016. As SWUG Party Boss, I helped exponentially grow the SWUG Party, capturing 1/5 of the GUSA Senate seats in the recent election. I looks forward to continuing to working on institutional reform started at the beginning of the Crenushe Administration, as well as better engagement of seniors in campus issues while advocating for avocados.

img_9049Habon Ali (SFS ’18) – Regional & Comparative Studies: I am originally from Kenya but now reside in Minnesota. I am interested in international development and the advancement of women’s right. This year I hope to bring socioeconomic issues on campus on the senate agenda. I believe that as an organization we  need to serve the needs of the student body and socioeconomic issues are one of the most pressing problem many students face at GU.


10714107_10203365238023931_7088278394490335284_oMarisa Hawley (SFS ’17) – International Politics: I am happy to declare that I will be assuming the position of Secretary of Defense for the SWUG administration…just kidding. Although I have previously been involved in the running club team, the Journal of International Affairs, and the Voice during her time at Georgetown, this will be my first time actually participating in GUSA instead of writing about it. Despite my washed-up senior status, I look forward to serving fellow off-campus students by raising awareness of senior-specific concerns and advocating for avocados. I will also work to contribute to GUSA’s advocacy for improved mental health resources on-campus and for greater student awareness of those resources.

14434848_1099627593418478_8883826572754071840_o.jpgJennifer LeBeau (MSB ’17) – Accounting: Hello SWUGS and future-SWUGS! I come to GUSA as a new Senator after three years on the Hilltop being involved in New Student Orientation, the Georgetown University Grilling Society, and GU Signs. With no previous experience in student government, I hope to bring a fresh perspective to the Senate and help to close the GAAP between the representatives and the student body. I will proudly serve as the SWUG Party’s Minister of Finance and Sergeant of the First Avocado Battalion, championing the causes of mental health policy, accessibility, and avocados for all.


13895373_10154555882972590_3535177016770838738_nMichael Hosbein (COL ’17) – English: Hey guys!  I am VERY excited to be a part of GUSA.  I was a little nervous that Chicken Madness was going to beat me for the spot, but here I am!  This is my first year as a senator, but I hope to bring my perspective as a senior to the student government!  For a little more about myself, I’m from Chatham, New Jersey, I have a yellow labrador retriever, and on campus I am very involved with club sports!  Looking forward to serving you all this year!

alejandroAlejandro Serrano (MSB ’17) – Finance & Accounting: Hailing from the South Florida’s Atlantic coast, I replace the Chicken Madness ticket for the Off Campus GUSA election, having garnered the 5th most votes. Despite no student government experience, I will bring new insight and an eagerness to help improve student life and involvement in its government. As SWUG Director of Intelligence and Party Whip, I look forward to increasing accountability and transparency in GUSA to better engage with the student body.


13047930_10153693530350197_111344784842170057_o (1).jpgScott Lowder (COL ’17) – Government: Greetings, undergraduates of Georgetown! I am thrilled to be representing all of you in the GUSA Senate this year, especially as important changes to the structure of our student government are being discussed. As SWUG Party Attorney General, I will be working on expanding access to avocados, restoring previous levels of funding for Georgetown Day, and ensuring the pasta line’s existence for decades to come. I will also work to continue GUSA’s advocacy for sexual assault survivors and free speech protections for students. If you have a SWUG issue (or any other issue) you want addressed, always feel free to reach out to me!

cherieCherie Vu (COL ’19) – Political Economy: I am a Sophomore in the College majoring in Political Economy representing At-Large, and am now Vice-Speaker of the Senate. I decided to run for GUSA again because I am proud of all the work that we have been able to in the past year and I can’t wait to continue the momentum we have going. When I’m not doing GUSA, I’m probably eating jalapeño chips and listening to Drake.


GUSApicture.pngJuan Martinez (SFS ’20) – International Politics: Hey everyone, my name is Juan and I am from Dallas, TX! I decided to run for GUSA Senate because I love Georgetown and want to play a part in helping it continue to be such a great environment. Of course there are many ways in which our campus can be improved, and that’s why this year I want to focus on diversity initiatives to promote inclusivity on campus and on making GUSA’s decision-making more accessible and transparent to our student body. 🙂

richieRichie Mullaney (COL ’18) – Government & American Studies: I’m from Jacksonville, Florida and enjoying the last few days of the warm weather in DC. This year, the Senate will be focusing on working with students typically underrepresented in GUSA. As Speaker, I hope this focus helps to make the Senate more inclusive, receptive, and productive.