Inside Georgetown: Take a Break

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Everyone needs to take a break from school work every now and again, and here’s a great list of shows to watch when you need to get your mind off of Micro.

(All shows are on Netflix unless otherwise stated.)

25 Minute Shows

Parks and Recreation: I genuinely believe this show made me a better person. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) helps run the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana along with a creative and diverse set of characters. It’s a great show for lovers of comedy, local government, and waffles. If you’ve never seen it, make this show your next priority.

lucilleblinkArrested Development: This comedy series follows the life of Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) after his real estate mogul father is arrested and he has to keep his family together. There are four seasons of dry humor, with the last season produced by Netflix. Because of this, you can switch this show into a variety of different languages, which is a great way to study for listening tests in language classes. This is true for all Netflix originals.

Friends: This another show everyone has to see. It’s a classic sitcom, and even though it went off the air twelve years ago, it still fuels pop culture references in TV and movies. It’s fun to watch now and see how the world has changed since the show went on the air in 1994, from clothes and hairstyles to pagers.

The Office: Michael Scott (Steve Carell) plays the hilariously awkward boss for a paper-selling company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It features a lot of amazing characters like Dwight Shrute, and no one can beat Jim and Pam’s relationship.

mytreatMaster of None: The first and only season (so far) of Aziz Ansari’s show premiered exclusively on Netflix. He stars in the comedy, which has been celebrated for its diverse cast and creative plot lines. It doesn’t follow a traditional timeline, and he brings attention to real, everyday problems. You’ll feel every emotion watching this show, and since there’s only one season out right now, it’s not a huge time commitment.

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cjThe West Wing: This is my all time favorite show, and it’s a popular show among Georgetown students. This inspirational drama about the president and his staff highlights some real issues that still face our country. The cast is amazing and loveable, featuring the likes of Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, and Dulé Hill.

Madam Secretary: Another great DC political show. The show centers on Secretary Elizabeth McCord as she balances global crises, diplomatic responsibility, and commitments to her family. The show is high drama, and Georgetown’s campus is even featured in a few episodes. Those scenes are especially great to watch after you’ve arrived on campus, since they have used CGI to alter the campus landscape. Try and find the large bronze fountain on Healy Lawn or the Washington Monument on campus.

millie-freaks-and-geeksFreaks and Geeks: Taking place in 1980, this show focuses on the lives of Lindsay and Sam Weir as they navigate high school. The show takes on a lot of complex issues, such as bullying. Even the most minor characters in the show are extremely complex, and it helps defy the stereotypes we all subjected ourselves to in high school. On top of that, this show launched the careers of many of today’s household names, from James Franco and Seth Rogan to Jason Segel from How I Met Your Mother. This show also only lasted one season, so it’s a low time commitment show.

Grey’s Anatomy: Someone will always be watching this show in your floor’s common room. The popular hospital drama features a lot of cliffhangers and tears, but it has been nonetheless beloved by millions.

NCIS: This is the show that never seems to end that your mom is always watching. However, this DC Navy detective drama features another great cast with characters you’ll grow attached to. The cases are clever, and it’s fun to recognize the names of different places they visit in DC  (but less fun when you recognize the location of a murder).

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The Big Short: A must-watch movie for MSB students. This movie focuses on the men who predicted the 2008 financial crisis that stemmed from the mortgage bubble, one of whom is played by Ryan Gosling. This all-star cast makes the gritty details of the world of finance interesting, fun, and dramatic. It’s also on Netflix, and it will blow you away.

Newsroom: If you have HBO Go or Amazon Prime, you can watch Newsroom. Another show by Aaron Sorkin (the writer of The West Wing), this show follows the fictional Atlantic Cable News company as they break the biggest news stories from 2011-2013, during the show’s air time.

ginaBrooklyn Nine-Nine: If you have a Hulu account, you should definitely watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Sparked from the success of workplace comedies like Parks and Rec and The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine centers on a Brooklyn police precinct and their misadventures. The show is hilarious, and the actors actually went through police training before filming.

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This post was written by Angela Caprio (COL’19), GUSA Deputy of Social Media, majoring in German and Political Economy. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at communications.gusa@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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Inside Georgetown: Events to Look Forward to in the Fall

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Coming into freshman year, it’s easy to get lost in the flurry of joining clubs and making friends. You might not even realize some important events happening on campus.  Here are some events to mark in your fall calendar so you don’t forget them! Even if you’re not a freshman, maybe its time to do something new and engage with the Georgetown community in a new way?

rangilaRangila: Join Rangila!! Rangila is the largest dance and cultural showcase Georgetown has to offer, with nearly five hundred students involved every year. It includes different South Asian dances and is a great way to meet people from all different years and backgrounds on campus. Sign ups are near the beginning of the year, so keep your eye out! Dances are known to have waiting lists hundreds of people long, but people are placed into dances randomly as no dancing ability is required.

And if you don’t get a chance to join a dance, still be sure to catch one of the two shows later in the fall (usually right before Thanksgiving)! Profits go to charity. You can check out more about it here!

*cough, shameless plug: You should join the dance Filipino Fusion because I heard their choreographer is pretty gr8*

georgetown_basketballMidnight Madness: Every year around October the Georgetown men and women’s basketball teams open the season by presenting the new and old members of each team as well as having both student and other performances. Former performers include 2chainz and Trey Songz, so who knows who they could bring this year??

It’s a great way to feel the Hoya spirit and maybe even meet Jack the Bulldog (or at least Jack the Bulldog mascot?).

Corp Gala: Around December, the Corp hosts one of the biggest parties of the year. Even if you aren’t in the Corp you can go and have a fun time with your friends, while meeting new people. It also gives you a chance to dress up in the Fall and dance the night away!

The proceeds also always go to charity.

Homecoming: I am pretty sure you cannot “forget” to go to Homecoming because the whole campus really goes all out, but its worth mentioning!

TEDxGeorgetown: ~shameless plug~ TEDxGeorgetown is an amazing conference which will host around 9 speakers in the fall to give a TED talk to the Georgetown community. The day includes amazing 20 minute talks, with personalized breakout sessions, goodie bags, and even its own Farmer’s Market! With historically over 1500 attendees, it won’t be an afternoon to miss.

nataliaThis post was written by Natalia Peña (COL’17), GUSA Director of Communications, majoring in History and Government. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at communications.gusa@gmail.com.

Inside Georgetown: Favorite Off-Campus Study Places

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From the windowless cramped spaces to the pervasive anxious energy, Lau is the least likely place you’ll find me. That being said – your girl still needs to study and get her coffee fix. Also, as a notorious adventurer, breaking the university bubble is a must. So, what a better way to simultaneously break the bubble and study than find spots to do your homework off-campus? Here are my top three favorite places to study off-campus:

First Bake – Farmers Fishers Bakers:

first bakeHere at Georgetown, brunch isn’t just a meal – it’s a religion. However, brunch can get super pricey after a while. As a semi-broke college student with an expensive taste, I have found a loophole in this lifestyle paradox. Tie on your tennis shoes and walk to Farmers Fishers Bakers before that 11 am class on a Tuesday. From 7:30 am – 10:00 am on Monday through Friday, this notoriously delicious brunch spot offers an array of drool-worthy breakfast options for as low as $1.25. Plus, since its opening times are earlier than the times most college kids wake up, the restaurant is practically empty, filling the spacious area with a peaceful calm with pleasant background noises of cooks preparing your breakfast. Need to write an essay or do research? No worries – there’s free wifi! With my latte in one hand and dreaded economics notes in the other, I can focus and speed study for that quiz I should have studied for nights ago, enjoying the open view of Georgetown’s waterfront. Can’t think a better way to start your day than with some fresh air, coffee, and productivity.

Where it is: 3000 K Street NW, Washington Harbor, Washington, DC 20007

How to get there: Practically less than a 15 minute walk from the front gates. Take Prospect and make a left onto M St on 34th. From there you can take the back route (gorgeous walk) to the water front.

What I recommend: If you enjoy poached eggs, you must try the Birds in a Nest. I’m getting hungry thinking about it.

Potter’s House

potter houseUnfortunately, like many large cities in the country, Washington DC has a huge problem with gentrification, displacing hundreds of long-time residents in the area. That is why I love Potter’s House. This nonprofit café, bookstore, and event space, built in Adams Morgan in 1960, is a place that prides itself on community development and social movements. If you don’t mind a bit background noise and chatter, this may be the perfect spot for you! Take a seat on the various colorful seats, inside or outside, with tea or coffee from the café. Glance and peek into the multicultural books that line the shelves all over the store. Listen to one of the multiple speakers when you finish a mid-term review session. I cannot emphasize how much I absolutely adore this space. Inspired by the positive vibes and curious visitors, I have cranked out great papers here.

Where is it: 1658 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC, 20009

How to Get There: This spot is a little bit more time consuming to get to if you don’t want to Uber there. *deeps breathe and prepares for lengthy explanation* If you have time to spare, take the Rosslyn GUTS to the Rosslyn Metro Station. From there, you will take the Orange line to New Carrolton to L’Enfant Plaza Station. Hop off, take the yellow line to Fort Totten and get off at Columbia Heights Station. Then it’s a 10 minute walk! It’s a good way to figure out the metro lines. If all of that is too much for you, split an uber with a couple of friends and ride on over there.

What I recommend: The masala chai is YUMMY. Treat yourself to that drink! Also, download the METRO BUS APP and GOOGLE MAPS if you haven’t already. It will help you sense of when buses/rails are coming and where you need to go to. They are lifesavers!

The National Art Gallery – Kogod Courtyard

kogod galleryEven after a year of being on the hilltop, I hasn’t fully hit me that one of the coolest cities in the United States is practically in my backyard for four years. I take every opportunity I get to explore the city and break that bubble. The National Art Gallery is a great way to explore the city while getting some work done at the same time. Not only is Kogod Courtyard breathtakingly beautiful and spacious, there are plenty of spots to set your backpack down and write that essay. Need a study break? You can stretch your legs and roam the Smithsonian museum, checking out various art exhibits. Enjoy this picture of me, chowing down on a cannoli, 10/10 recommend by the way.

Where it is: 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

How to get there: If you are coming from campus, use the D6 bus (there are stops behind the Georgetown Hospital and all along Reservoir Rd) to 7th and E and walk a block to the National Art Gallery.

What I recommend: Although there is a free wifi, most of the outlets nearby aren’t functional. Charge your laptop and phone prior to your study visit. The café sells decent cappuccinos as well!

Other Places I recommend: Crumbs and Whiskers, Tryst, Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso, Mitisam Café, Library of Congress

We Georgetown students are incredibly busy with academics, internships, extracurriculars, and whatever else consumes our lives. In the midst of all this, it’s difficult to set time out to explore the city just right around the corner. A cliché as this sounds, what I have learned this past year is that it is important and necessary to take time to do the small enjoyable things in life for your mental, physical, and emotional health. So the next time you’re thinking about hunkering down in Lau 2 for a depressing amount of time, think about ways to make that studying a little bit more bearable.

11173310_943677189026177_2711661299074056817_nThis post was written by Cherie Vu (COL’19), GUSA Director of Outreach, majoring in Political Economy. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at communications.gusa@gmail.com.

Inside Georgetown: Learning Lessons

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Besides the clichéd answers (how to pay bills, how to survive on little sleep, and how to make a meal out of random ingredients), there are tangible and profound lessons that I have learned during my time at Georgetown, and none of them academic.

brownhouse1. How to take a stand: I have always considered myself outspoken, blunt even, among a crowd. Yet, I have learned that while speaking up in the classroom can be easy, speaking up outside of the classroom is much, much harder. Telling a group of your peers that you disagree or that you think some wrong should be righted challenges us in ways often lacking in high school. The spirit of the Georgetown community impels us to take a stand, speak our minds, and enact change, and indeed, students are the driving force behind many changes on campus. Recent examples include the initiation of a university-wide diversity requirement and the successful petition to preserve a coveted student housing location, Brown House. Whether it be through student groups such as GUSA or even just a group of friends, your voice does matter at Georgetown, so use it wisely and willingly.

2. How to be a good friend: When you spend 7 hours a day with the same people, more or less recreating the same interactions over and over again, it is not very hard to maintain friendships. In college, by contrast, it takes much more effort and much more thought to keep up relationships. Georgetown may not be a huge university, but with varying schedules, housing, and student groups, in addition to study abroad, friends can easily grow apart. As a result, friendships of convenience do not last very long. The past three years, I have learned to put in the time to preserve relationships, in addition to being open to new connections. Lacking the competitiveness and hostility that occur at some other universities, at Georgetown, you are the one with the power to making lasting and true friendships.

breakingground3. How to lead: Most students admitted to Georgetown have some experience leading their peers. For me, it was holding officer positions in a few groups at my school. Freshman year, I was positive that I had tangible leadership experience, and the résumé to prove it. However, in a school filled with student leaders from all over the world, taking charge looks very different at Georgetown. At Georgetown, people are constantly creating new ideas, institutions, and innovations. Leading does not mean taking over a club and hosting the same, expected events year after year. At Georgetown, leading means changing the status quo, and it is not an uncommon occurrence for students to start businesses, non-profits, and new student groups. This GUSA administration has worked consistently to generate change at Georgetown, including the restructuring of the entire student government and the addition of Greek life representation in GUSA. What will you change when you come to Georgetown?

4. How to throw yourself into tasks with dedication: Despite the huge differences among the student population at Georgetown, including geographic origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ability, and experience, I have noticed a common thread uniting our student community: passion. Georgetown students are insanely passionate about their activities, their careers, their friends, their family, and the world around them. In other words, our student population spends time on things that actually matter to them, not just activities that they believe should be in their repertoire. Though freshman year usually consists of joining a multitude of clubs without actually attending any of their events, my later years at Georgetown have been spent honing in my extracurricular activities and focusing on the issues I find most important, and it has made all the difference.

There is no denying that classes and GPA’s are seriously important in college, especially if you want to go to law school like me, but if you are stressing about not having the perfect 4.0, just remember that some of the most important lessons at Georgetown occur outside of the classroom.

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This post was written by Casey Nolan (COL’17), GUSA Deputy Chief of Staff, majoring in Government and History. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at communications.gusa@gmail.com.

Inside Georgetown: Getting Involved in GUSA

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Hello and Welcome First Year Hoyas!

We’re all so excited to be meeting you in just a few short weeks on the Hilltop! My name is William Morris. I’m going to be a sophomore this coming year and I’m from Dallas, Texas. During my first year at Georgetown I was able to get involved with many great organizations and clubs, including the opportunity to serve as a freshmen GUSA Senator representing the Harbin/Darnall district. Today I‘d like to talk about getting involved with GUSA, the student government for Georgetown, in particular.

In high school, I was very active in our Student Council so I was excited when I learned about GUSA upon arriving at Georgetown. I’m sure many of you have probably participated in student government or held other leadership positions in high school, so GUSA could be a perfect fit for you. And even if you have never done any form of student leadership before, I would still highly recommend GUSA because of the difference we are able to make on campus and the phenomenal people you would get to work with.

All that being said, you may be wondering where to actually get started if you want to be a part of the GUSA team. There are two options/methods of participating in GUSA. GUSA is divided into the executive branch and the senate in a manner somewhat similar to the U.S. Government (but not nearly as complicated). The executive branch works under the GUSA President and is subdivided into various chairs and working groups. The Senate is comprised of individual Senators from every class who can tackle projects independently and also work together to pass legislation. I will note that regardless of which branch you are in we all work together via policy teams. Policy teams are groups of GUSA members along with other Georgetown students who come together to work on specific issue areas like Free Speech or Religious Inclusivity. Each branch has different methods of getting involved. To participate in the Executive branch, you will need to apply to a specific policy team (or as many as you want). A list of the policy teams can be found on the GUSA website. Once the school year starts GUSA will publicize these policy team applications so be on the lookout for when they open and apply for whatever interests you.

wrmcampaignTo join the Senate you need to be elected by your classmates. The actual election usually happens in late September but the process begins much earlier. If you want to be a Senator, don’t miss the informational meeting!! There are usually two meetings in early September that any candidate for the Senate must attend. During this meeting you will learn all of the rules for campaigning (i.e. you must spend less than $75) and you will be able to get your name put on the ballot. About a week before election day campaigning is allowed to begin, which can be a little intimidating as a new student on campus. You will most certainly notice all of the fliers and Facebook posts advocating for one candidate or another. Often these campaign races are very tight, but the good news is that there are seats specifically reserved for freshmen. The elections are based around your dorm’s location. For example, Harbin/Darnall form a freshmen district and have a combined three seats. The other option is to run “At Large” where the whole campus is able to vote for you.
It may seem a little confusing at first, but here’s the gist: If you want to be in the executive branch you need to apply for one or more policy teams. If you want to be in the Senate you need to go to one of the information meetings and then campaign to be elected by your classmates. One thing I will assure you is that GUSA tries hard to be open to everyone. We don’t want to be exclusive because we believe it is important for every student’s voice to be heard. So the important thing for now is to begin thinking about if and how you want to get involved. Don’t worry about the details for now, especially because you all have plenty of other things to prepare before coming to the Hilltop! For now I hope you are all having an excellent summer and I hope to meet many of you come August!

Edit: GUSA also has a judicial branch that you can also become involved in during your time on the Hilltop!

Hoya Saxa, William Morris

williamrmorris3This post was written by William Morris (COL’19), GUSA Senator, currently undecided. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at communications.gusa@gmail.com.

Inside Georgetown: Summer Reading

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Over the course of my first year at Georgetown, I read tons of articles online that summed up my Georgetown experience way more eloquently than I ever could. Think of this as your summer reading assignment, but a lot more fun!

1. “Georgetown is the realization that maybe there is no such thing as belonging. Maybe you never really find that elusive thing called “balance” at all — maybe you just learn to expect highs and lows and find people to help you through them. It’s when you stop planning and fitting, and life becomes unpredictable, and there are no puzzle pieces or schedules or balance. Yet there is somehow, in spite of it or because of it, happiness. Belonging.” Here’s a really beautiful piece that describes the community you’ll find.

2. A campus-wide Sexual Assault and Misconduct Climate Survey was conducted earlier this year, which revealed that there is ample work to be done towards creating a safe, aware environment for all. While the results are unsettling, they are evidence that continued action is necessary.

3. I find it interesting to read about the history of Georgetown and Washington DC, especially since it is so easy to get stuck in the “Georgetown Bubble” and forget about the foundations of our neighborhood and city. A Shared Environment: D.C. and Environmental Justice and Uprooted: The Displacement of Georgetown’s Black Community

4. Soooo much fun! Here’s the Georgetown Bucket List and what seniors will miss about Georgetown.

5. Probably the most important FYI out there – How to Recreate Your Favorite Georgetown Bites at Leo’s, Georgetown’s only dining hall.

tiffanyThis post was written by Tiffany Tao (SFS’19), GUSA Webmaster, majoring in International Politics. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at communications.gusa@gmail.com.

Inside Georgetown: Moving from the Hilltop to the Hill

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Almost every day, we’re told to slow down. People say that we have our “entire lives ahead of us,” but why should that be an excuse to take a break at this time of our lives? Personally, I’m motivated by change and the influence I know I can have on the world.

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Although difficult to explain, directing the Federal Relations Office in GUSA has provided me the opportunity to accomplish this objective and begin leaving my footprint today. Unlike the rest of GUSA, our work is largely done beyond Georgetown’s walls. Frequently, we describe ourselves as breaking the “Georgetown bubble.” By engaging with the DC community and the national government in such a personal way, the rest of the members of Federal Relations and I have begun to break away from the usual day-to-day routine that characterizes a typical college student. If fact, we spend more time off-campus these days than we do on-campus. We want to make it clear to each individual we meet that Georgetown students are active beyond their walls. It’s one of the main reasons we testify at hearings, lead DC Statehood working groups, bring constituents to Capitol Hill for Higher Education and Mental Health advocacy work, and engage with the low-income Wards in DC.

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Each person within Federal Relations is incredible. I have been blown away by the passion and dedication I have seen. What’s unique about us is that each person has his or her own initiatives and areas of expertise – there is not a single person who sits around aimlessly. Whether starting the studentleadershipalliance.org to connect institutions from across the country for a central advocacy purpose, working to start a Campus Kitchen at Georgetown, managing alumni relations, or planning a variety of networking and career opportunities for the fall, the Google Calendar our office swears by is jam packed. Best of all, each of us can confidently say that we are working to influence change in DC and the country now.

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However, I had no idea it would blossom this quickly. When building GUSA’s Federal Relations Office from the ground up, I was terrified. I was confident it would be a success since we are a school filled with students known for their strong political opinions, but I was not sure how long the path to get there would be. That’s what has really blown me away. Once established, not a minute was wasted, and I even find myself racing to keep up with all the amazing work being done. In my opinion, a great deal of our success up to this point is because we view ourselves as a family. Meetings are fun because they’re with some of my best friends, friends I would have never had if this opportunity did not come my way. I admire and look up to everyone in Federal Relations more than they know and can’t wait for all the events and advocacy days we have lined up for the fall.

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As long as the national and local government runs, we continue to sprint. This summer has been filled with Federal Relations work, and I can confidently say that all of us would not want it any other way. Keep your eyes and ears open for all our fall events that will allow you to break away from your typical Georgetown routine.

 

Like us on Facebook (GUSA Federal Relations Office) to stay informed about upcoming events or email kj407@georgetown.edu if interested in helping our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill this fall.

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This post was written by Kotryna Jukneviciute (COL’18), GUSA Director of Federal & DC Relations, majoring in Government with an International Relations focus, pursuing Arabic Studies and European Studies certificates. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at communications.gusa@gmail.com.

Inside Georgetown: Hoyas Across America—How Georgetown Helped Me Go on the Adventure of a Lifetime

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Ever sat around, at some particularly stressful time in your life, maybe during finals, and thought, “what if I could just say, ‘screw it, let me get in my car and just drive out of here?’” Over the last few years, I’ve had that thought increasingly often. Life at Georgetown can be rough, so why can’t I just pack my bags and run? My roommate and I periodically batted the idea around as I wishfully dreamed of finally seeing the American West, making it to the beaches of California, the views of the Grand Canyon, or the mountains of Yellowstone.

In less than one month, we took a pipe dream and turned it into a reality. Between the two of us, we found six fellow Hoyas who would host us along the way and significantly reduce the expense we had to put in for our trip. It already took pretty much my life savings to cover my portion of the trip, so these Hoyas were particularly helpful in making it happen. And I learned in the process just how friendly they can be.

roey1In many cases, we stayed with friends of my roommate, and I was almost a complete stranger. On all of those occasions, I was still welcomed immediately, treated like family, and regarded as a friend. This trip helped me turn acquaintances into friends and turn existing friends into even closer ones. The bond created by hospitality is a remarkable one, as simply being a guest in someone’s home, even for a night, can turn mere acquaintances into long-term friends. I will be forever grateful to those friends for helping us not only making this trip possible, but much more enjoyable and entertaining than it would have been had we stayed in a hotel or with strangers on Airbnb.

As for the trip itself, I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. For me, it was the adventure of a lifetime. We spent nearly three weeks driving nine thousand miles, traversing mountains, deserts, and bayous, finding out more about America than many will in their whole lives. We stumbled upon so many unexpected gems, whether it Joe’s Bar-B-Que, a Kansas City gas station that hosted the best BBQ I have ever eaten, or the small town of Randolph, Nebraska, that treated us as two of their own when our car broke down there. People are so quick to treat strangers with comfort and respect (except for those two guys in a pickup truck in Mississippi who intimidated and racially profiled my roommate, who is of Indian descent.)

IMG_2885.JPGRegardless, this trip allowed me to partake in some uniquely American experiences. What other country would have a museum dedicated to the potato that sells potato ice cream, allows you to pose with a giant fake potato, and even provides free “taters for out-of-staters?” Probably no other place on Earth has highway billboards that read “your kingdom awaits” while advertising casinos. And nowhere else, I guarantee it, can you enjoy the fresh, delicious glory that is an “In-N-Out Burger.” (I had it for the first time on my trip. It was life-altering.)

I have been forever shaped by all the wonderful moments on my trip. Whether I was basking in the glow of the sunshine while walking on Hollywood Boulevard, or sitting in traffic waiting for bison to cross the road in Yellowstone, I enjoyed virtually every moment of my three-week journey across the United States. This trip has been a dream come true. And to think, without the friends I’ve made here at Georgetown, I might not have been able to follow that dream.

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This post was written by Roey Hadar (SFS ’17), GUSA Newsletter Editor and Polling Director, majoring in International Politics. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at communications.gusa@gmail.com.

Inside Georgetown: Finding my Georgetown Family in GUSA

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I was accepted to Georgetown by the skin of my teeth. After being waitlisted, extended waitlisted, and then given spring admittance, it was a quite a miracle that I received a call telling me I could come for the fall semester just forty-eight hours before classes started. Needless to say, I arrived on campus frazzled and thinking I did not belong. I did not think I was not smart enough, as accomplished as much as my classmates, and besides, who would want to be friends with a transfer student?

At CAB fair the first weekend, I joined a few clubs that I thought would enhance my resume–not ones that I thought would be fun. While I met some nice people the first semester, I did not have a set social group or felt as though I had made deep connections on campus. I called my mom crying almost every day and spent too many weekend nights watching Gilmore Girls alone in my bed.

When second semester rolled around, the talk on campus revolved around GUSA elections. I decided to join a campaign, and little did I know GUSA was going to change my Georgetown experience.

Through the campaign I met like-minded people who I clicked with immediately. I loved being part of a focused and determined group of students. From door knocking after dinner to tabling every night, I learned so much about campus life and Georgetown finally began to feel like a home.

One night shortly after the campaign ended, a friend I had made suggested I run for the Senate in the fall.

“Me?!” I responded. “I’m a transfer student, I can’t. I don’t know anything.”

When transferring to Georgetown, it never crossed my mind that I could be that involved or even hold a leadership position on campus. I always thought I would sit on the sidelines with my extracurricular activities. After all, I was a waitlist student; I barely belonged on campus. However, several of my GUSA friends continued to encourage me to run the Senate so I did, and it was one of the best decisions I made. I learned about different policy areas and met so many students who had similar goals and wanted the best for Georgetown. Through the Senate, I finally felt like I was contributing to the Georgetown community.

Looking back on how my experience on campus changed, I realize that the catalyst in my life was having my fellow Hoyas to believe me. The friends I have in GUSA are the type of people who truly want the best for me and will support me with all my endeavors both on and off campus. Whether I need advice on my future, help with homework, or a friend to get Chipotle with, I know I can count on my GUSA friends to be there for me in any capacity. We are a family and we take care of each other.

Many of the good things that have happened to me have been a result of GUSA. From making new friends, learning about on campus opportunities, finding internships, and working for a great cause, I owe it to my involvement in GUSA: it has defined my Georgetown experience.

Though student government may not seem right for everyone, I can promise anyone that GUSA can provide an immediate home for any student on campus. Getting involved in such a public group on campus can be scary and intimidating for a new student, but I recommend that anyone who is even slightly interested should give it a try. Regardless if it is running for Senate, joining a policy team, or working on a presidential campaign, I guarantee that you will meet amazing people who will be your best friends and mentors.

I cannot imagine my life at Georgetown without the relationships I formed through GUSA and I hope that all of you new students find your home at Georgetown come the fall semester.

samThis post was written by Samantha Granville (COL ’17), GUSA Deputy Chief of Staff, majoring in Government. Have stories you would like to share with the next freshman class? E-mail us at communications.gusa@gmail.com.