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Matthew
Describe the students at your school.

Most students are rather friendly, and will engage you readily, but will leave you alone if that is what you desire.

Describe the students at your school.

Most students are rather friendly, and will engage you readily, but will leave you alone if that is what you desire.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The first thing I'd tell my younger self is to do more extracurriculars and take more AP tests. The college credit from the exams dramatically decrease the amount of work you have to do in college. Specifically, the AP Statistics and Economics exams, as those two subjects can be easily taken care of. In the non-academic side of life, I'd inform my younger self that extracurriculars are where the real fun is had, and without them, life will be quite dull. The second piece of advice I'd give myself is on how to make the transition to college life easier, you should have the expectation that you will not do as well as you did in high school. At a university like GU, you are among those who are just as smart as, if not smarter than, you are. This changes the grade distribution, and will likely land you in the B range. You must also realize that college is a mountain of work, and that even making the average B will require much more effort than getting an A in high school.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about GU is the overwhelmingly liberal political bent of the student body and administration, up to and including the University President. I say this because it stifles conservative opinion and real political debate, without which there can be no true understanding of public policy.

Jenny
Describe the students at your school.

Georgetown University students are passionate, caring, fun, and interesting.

Describe the students at your school.

Georgetown University students are passionate, caring, fun, and interesting.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

One thing that is slightly frustrating about Georgetown is that there is only one dining hall and the food there is sometimes suspect and not the best-tasting food you've ever had. At the same time, having only one dining hall is beneficial because whenever I go there, I always see someone I know and can sit down with and eat.

Alyssa
Describe the students at your school.

A refreshing combination of cut-throat driven and super friendly and extroverted.

Describe the students at your school.

A refreshing combination of cut-throat driven and super friendly and extroverted.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to not be afraid to learn something new. A new way of life, a new way to dress and a new way to learn were all things I had trouble coping with when I started at Georgetown. Focusing on superficial things such as differences in East Coast style and mannerisms really thwarted my ability to get to know the people and the culture on campus which is what makes Georgetown so amazing to attend. Holding on to past tendancies from California and looking for friends who reflected those values was such a mistake that really hindered my growth. I'm glad that I was able to overcome that and meet the best friends of my life, although it would have been great to meet them sooner.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

That we have an excellent reputation, academics, class sizes, career services, opportunities and also a ton of fun.

Gretta
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don’t feel sorry for yourself because you’re not as well off as the rest of them; revel in the mere fact of being different. Tell them how your get into arguments with your mother while washing the dishes because she thinks that you’re wasting water, or how your father doesn't leave the house on weekends because gas is too expensive. Blast your soulful, harsh African music, wear bright, ostentatious colors, have your hair braided, and dance to the sounds of your homeland on the way to class. Take classes that will help you understand social cleavages, political and conomic developments; join clubs that will help you effect social change. Take on leadership positions, make a difference in a child’s life, and never forget just how fortunate you truly are. Stop thinking so much about yourself! Wake up in the morning and think: “How can I help someone today? What can I do at this world-renowned university that will not only serve me in the future, but also help me make a difference in the world?” Dream not just for you, but even more for those who will never see the gates of a university.

April
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

This is what I would say to my high school self. "Listen to me, April. College is definitely something you really need to wor...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

This is what I would say to my high school self. "Listen to me, April. College is definitely something you really need to work hard in. That means no fooling around, no more video games, no computer games, and no writing stories... Well you can still do that, but there's a little something called Time Management. Trust me, you're gonna need to learn that now. You're gonna have to use most of your time studying, and preparing for upcoming tests and projects. If you could get ahead of schedule, then you'll have some extra time for other stuff. Oh, and another thing: DO. NOT. PROCRASTINATE. It's gonna smack you in the face if you do that. "

wanwen
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The faculty and student engagement is great. Even though it is a jesuit university, people here are open to discernment. The ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The faculty and student engagement is great. Even though it is a jesuit university, people here are open to discernment. The administration is always there to help you and once you have a question, just call them will be great.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

For international Students, it is the graduate international organization.

Describe the students at your school.

Many program are provided for students. There is a work-study program for these students.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professor knows each person's name. And the class size is 20 people per class.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Passionate students devoting academically and socially.

Shu
What are the most popular student activities/groups?

In mid October every year, Georgetown University has Midnight Madness event as a kick-off event for the new NCAA season and i...

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

In mid October every year, Georgetown University has Midnight Madness event as a kick-off event for the new NCAA season and introduces the men and women basketball players to all the students. Everyone can go and have fun there.

Amanda
What do students complain about most?

Definitely the dining hall...it isn't TERRIBLE but I don't think it's as good as it should be for the price we pay. The food ...

What do students complain about most?

Definitely the dining hall...it isn't TERRIBLE but I don't think it's as good as it should be for the price we pay. The food is not bad, but it's often hard to find a table during peak hours and there are almost never forks,spoons,knives, and cups available all at the same time.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

please see my response to the question entitled "What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate? "

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

please see my response to the question entitled "What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate? "

What are some hot-button issues on campus?

Abortion, the use of contraceptives, and basically anything and everything that has to do with the current presidential candidates for 2012.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I tried to upload my video onto this website and it wouldn't work, but you can view my response with this link :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjUSrPUmxYU

Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

There are tons of places to do work. I personally really like the MSB (Business School Building) because it's very spacious and pretty inside. However, it's not always quiet there throughout the day. Your best bet for quiet all the time is Lau, the main library. Fourth floor is my favorite place to study. It's not as aesthetically pleasing as the MSB, but there are less things to distract you there.

What's the Greek scene like?

There's not much Greek life on campus. There are only a few frats, one of which is a business frat and another that's a Jewish frat. I only know of a couple of sororities, and they're very service-oriented. Frats and sororities don't have their own houses, but they do throw parties wherever they live.

Jenna
What do students complain about most?

Although our dining hall is very accommodating and does have a wide variety of foods available, there is still only one dinin...

What do students complain about most?

Although our dining hall is very accommodating and does have a wide variety of foods available, there is still only one dining hall for the entire campus. There are places you can purchase food (stores, coffee shops, Cozy/Subway/Starbucks, etc.) but there is only one dining hall that supports the campus meal plan. There is one area on the other side of campus that allows you to grab a sandwich and sides as part of a "Grab and Go" service, but options are limited. Another favorite is the on-campus restaurant/bar Epicurean, but once again the food there is not available as part of the student meal plan. Side note: For health reasons I am a vegetarian who regularly eats gluten-free, and I never feel at a loss for options. But it would be nice to have different halls to help reduce overcrowding and add variety.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics at Georgetown depend largely on the school and major you choose (there are four schools on campus; the McDonough School of Business - MSB, School of Foreign Service - SFS, School of Nursing and Health Studies - NHS, and the College - the liberal arts division). The MSB and SFS are specialty schools, and academics largely depend on the teachers you take and majors you choose. Students in the business school are usually able to double major with a minor if they schedule time appropriately, while the schedule for the SFS contains more requirements and students often either have one major or a major and a minor. The SFS is notorious for some very challenging courses, but each school has various majors and classes that continuously present challenges to students. Work load in the College depends entirely on choice of major (ranging from Medieval Studies to BioChem to English). The NHS is the smallest school, and thus most students are close with their teachers and able to maintain strong relationships with both teachers and fellow classmates - the drawback is there are more limited class options and more intensive requirements for some of the majors. In general, professors are highly willing to meet with students outside of class, and are usually quite helpful. Requirements are challenging but not overwhelming. Students are sometimes able to incorporate internships and jobs into their schedule, but your time commitments depend on extracurricular. Students are competitive, but against their own personal standards not usually each other. I have found that in classes where there is no mandated bell curve, students are very helpful and collaborative. Work at Georgetown is geared towards future employment, especially in the specialty schools (professors are very willing to help students acquire internships and jobs as necessary, and write very helpful recommendations).

Laura
Describe the students at your school.

Students are pretty diverse. The East Coast is definitely represented (especially Jersey). You might feel out of place if y...

Describe the students at your school.

Students are pretty diverse. The East Coast is definitely represented (especially Jersey). You might feel out of place if you come from a smaller town and are not used to city living. Students generally get dressed up for class. There are also a lot of international students, or students with unique heritage. There are a lot of people with a lot of money, but plenty of people are on financial aid. Students are politically active on both sides, especially since it is DC. Lots of people have internships. People don't generally talk about their future after Georgetown with respect to earnings.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Popular groups on campus are the Corp[student run non-profit coffee shop, grocery store, etc.], The Credit Union, Hoya Blue [spirit club], Relay for Life, Model UN, choral groups, DC reads [volunteers]. Essentially, there is a club for anyone with any sort of interest. Sports teams are the closest thing to Greek Life, because many of them have specific houses close to campus. Students must live on campus freshmen and sophomore year, but there are lots of different options for housing, at least after freshman year (dorms, suits, apartments, town houses). Depending on your dorm style, you will be more or less close with your hall. Basketball games are a big deal, and football is slowly becoming more popular. If you are awake at 2 am on a Tuesday, chances are you are either studying, hanging out with friends, or sleeping. People generally party on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. It really depends on the individual and their work level for the week. If you want to go off campus, there are a ton of different cool neighborhoods in DC. However, most people don't leave the Georgetown area unless it is for a specific reason.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

The stereotype at Georgetown is that we are all rich, preppy, east coasters who went to the most elite prep high schools. While there are many people who do fit this stereotype, there are also a lot of international students and students from other states. People definitely study hard, but they also love to go out on the weekends to bars around DC. There is no greek life here(except a few Co-ed Frats). Students are very involved in extracurriculars and sports are big on campus.

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